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Rust spots on cylinders

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by badranman, Feb 5, 2005.

  1. badranman

    badranman Senior Member
    Messages: 265

    I did a search and couldn't find anything. What do you guys use to clean the cylinders of little rust spots/pits. I'm talking the little surface, almost pitted ones not the rusted through the chrome kind. I can get 95% of it off but it's the last 5% that's being a pain. I always coat them with rust check etc. after every use and grease them for the summer.
     
  2. snow warrior

    snow warrior Member
    Messages: 61

    TRY STEEL WOOL OR EMERY CLOTH (LIGHTLY)ALSO MAKE SURE YOUR CYLINDER IS COMPLETELY DOWN WHEN NOT IN USE. :nono:
     
  3. Bolts Indus.

    Bolts Indus. PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,176

    Go to canadian tire and get a I think it's called never dull. It's in a blue can and is an impregnated material. The most amazing metal cleaner I have ever used. Great on rust. You will love it.

    Sorry to say but never use steel wool or emery cloth on piston cyl's.
     
  4. ToolMaker

    ToolMaker Member
    Messages: 84

    I agree with Bolts , I would not use something as aggressive as emery paper on my cylinders , you will go right thru the chrome ,then you will have some rust
     
  5. badranman

    badranman Senior Member
    Messages: 265

    Snow Warrior, How do I have my angle cylinders closed both at the same time? :dizzy: Thanks Dave!
     
  6. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,202

    badranman

    Buy a V blade. LOL
     
  7. wirenut

    wirenut Senior Member
    from nh
    Messages: 511

    scotch brite
     
  8. badranman

    badranman Senior Member
    Messages: 265

    Cet, true enough........ :eek:
     
  9. b2driver

    b2driver Member
    from MD
    Messages: 89

    Damn, I always find out stuff too late because I don't ask. I used emory cloth on my lift cylinder because it wasn't well maintained by the previous owner. I guess it doesn't matter now, because the pump, lines for the angle cylinders and the lights were replaced with an improved set up.

    But I won't use that emory cloth again.....
     
  10. Tscape

    Tscape Senior Member
    Messages: 831

    naval jelly
     
  11. Dwan

    Dwan Senior Member
    Messages: 879

    un bolt the extended one and then drain the fluid as you compress the cylinder.

    Use steal wool or emery paper, don't wory about going through the crome, if you stop when the rust is gone. and if you still have rust and do go through the crome it was time to replace the cylinder anyway.
     
  12. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    Clean them up with chrome polish then use, like rust reformer etc on the pits. This stuff turns it into a black non-rusted area. Like a painted pit. Less wear on seals.
     
  13. badranman

    badranman Senior Member
    Messages: 265

    Dwan , thanks for the tip but I was talking about during the winter in between storms etc.
     
  14. dlcs

    dlcs 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,149

    Yep, Best stuff for removing rust on any chrome surface.
     
  15. snow warrior

    snow warrior Member
    Messages: 61

    THANKS Dwan :waving:

    SORRY BADRANMAN I THOUGHT YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT YOUR LIFT CYLINDER ! BECAUSE I'VE HAD TROUBLE WITH THAT AND THATS WHAT I DID TO FIX IT!!!! :salute: THAT WAS LAST DECEMBER AND I HAVEN'T HAD A PROBLEM SINCE :)
     
  16. Peopleeater

    Peopleeater Senior Member
    Messages: 249

    Angle ram

    I believe I saw in Jthomas that an angle ram for a western unimount is $75.

    I forgot to look what you had, if you said, but for 75, I would just clean up the best I could and leave it til it wears out. JMO

    Jeff
     
  17. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,489

    I'll have to agree , the only reason you have rust is because there is small nicks (from hitting the ram with your shovel?) on the ram that go through the chrome finish. Just leave it alone it is cosmetic, unless the ram is leaking then you need to replace it. never sand on the ram... when storing it for the summer coat the rams with light grease.
     
  18. lawn king

    lawn king PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,070

    cocacola works great, no joke.
     
  19. dlcs

    dlcs 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,149


    The Discovery channel's Myth Busters proved that Coke doesn't remove rust.
     
  20. lawn king

    lawn king PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,070

    It works fine for me on light stuff?