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Old 05-25-2018, 07:24 AM
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Default Rusty steps

Hey guys, I'm getting to close to installing my steps (WD-1233-L and WD-1233-R) and I noticed that they've gotten rather rusty! Bear in mind I bought the fuse kit nearly two years ago, before the disruption of having my building partner pass away. And I live in a salt air environment.

Do I need to replace them? They are $475 for the pair! Thinking instead of having them sandblasted and powdercoated.
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Old 05-25-2018, 07:31 AM
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I think I'd be more concerned about salt air environment affecting aluminum and structural components.

You can always use a step-stool to get in/out of airplane... but structural
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Old 05-25-2018, 07:50 AM
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I prime all the aluminum parts and keep "components" wrapped until ready for installation. And yes, you're right, the steps are not structural in the sense that if they break, the plane breaks.
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Old 05-25-2018, 09:12 AM
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Hey guys, I'm getting to close to installing my steps (WD-1233-L and WD-1233-R) and I noticed that they've gotten rather rusty! Bear in mind I bought the fuse kit nearly two years ago, before the disruption of having my building partner pass away. And I live in a salt air environment.

Do I need to replace them? They are $475 for the pair! Thinking instead of having them sandblasted and powdercoated.
Light surface rust of uncoated 4130 steel would be normal. As long as there is no pitting, it should be fine to blast them clean and powderer coat or paint.
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Old 06-12-2018, 10:52 AM
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I’ve used a liquid product called “EVAPO-RUST Super-Safe Rust Remover” to clean rust off of rusty tools and other items. You just let the parts soak in this stuff for a while and then just wash it off. Works great! If the rust is severe, it may take a 2nd soaking.
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Old 06-12-2018, 07:32 PM
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Naval jelly works well to remove surface rust. Should be available at your local hardware store.
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