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Rust Rings

Discussion in 'Strobe Lighting' started by malibulxi, May 13, 2012.

  1. malibulxi

    malibulxi Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    I did some searching on the forum and couldn't seem to find any thread that answered my primary question, how to prevent rust rings from a magnet mounted light bar?

    I just purchased a Whelen LED mini light bar and it has four magnets. I bought it from a friend of mind, who used it for 2 years. He has 4 rust rings on his roof. Any way of preventing this? Any suggestions on an alternative mounting for it? I have been looking at getting a Back Rack to mount it, but wanted to spare the near $300 cost for one just to mount a light bar.

  2. peteo1

    peteo1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,660

    I got my back rack on eBay for just under $250. I know that's not much better but every bit helps I guess. If you're handy with a welder or know someone who is you could build your own rack. It would be cheaper than buying a back rack for sure.
  3. 90plow

    90plow Senior Member
    Messages: 739

    I take mine off after every storm and dry it. Also I put one piece of paper towel under each magnet helps if you hit a branch and makes it slide also.
  4. Rc2505

    Rc2505 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    If you go to a ham radio store, or a flea market that sell ham radio equipment, you will find little protectors that go under the magnets for antennas. Just buy 4 of those if you plan on leaving it on your truck for any extended periods of time.
  5. jhall22guitar

    jhall22guitar PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,056

    I painted the magnets on mine with something and sealed it with urethane, no problems since. I cant remember that I used.
  6. wizardsr

    wizardsr PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,584

    The last couple times I've bought mini bars from Priority 1 they've had an option to buy rubber boots that slip over the magnets. They work very very well.
  7. groundbreakers

    groundbreakers Senior Member
    Messages: 828

    those rubber boots are worth there weight in gold ...
  8. malibulxi

    malibulxi Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    Thank you everyone for your suggestions. I appreciate it. I've done some more research on the rubber coverings/boots for the magnets and they seem like the best alternative.
  9. Paul D

    Paul D Member
    Messages: 37

    Did you find a source for those boots? Electrical tape wouldn't work?
  10. abbottfarm

    abbottfarm Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 108

  11. groundbreakers

    groundbreakers Senior Member
    Messages: 828

    not only do they protect your paint surface ... once your bar is mounted it wont slide .... just a side note ... if you leave it on for a long time ... when you pull the bar back off .. the boots will probably still be sticking ... just peel them off and reattach them .. and there only for 80# magnets not the smaller 50# magnets
  12. 7d9_z28

    7d9_z28 Senior Member
    Messages: 240

    There IS a thread on here somewhere that discussed this, many people mentioned pringles can lids, duct tape, and many other alternatives ... not quite sure where the thread is though
  13. JK-Plow

    JK-Plow Senior Member
    Messages: 192

    Priority 1 Emergency is where I bought the rubber covers. I replaced the magnets on a bar that a buddy gave me and bought the covers at the same time. Then later I bought a new light bar from them and again bought the boots. They work great and yes they do mail order on their web site Piority1emergency.com. Thumbs Up