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Rusting Pistons

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by kubota00, Mar 27, 2008.

  1. kubota00

    kubota00 Junior Member
    Messages: 14

    Well it almost over and time to store the plows. I have a couple of angle pistons that are just starting to rust. Anyone have a any suggestions as to what I can put on the pistons for the summer to slow the rusting. Thanks

  2. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 9,883

    Quality rams will not rust unless the chrome has been compromised.

    You can coat them with FF or you can use some grease.
  3. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    Put an old glove on and cover your cylinders in a general purpose grease, Make sure to get around the seal too. We have blades from 1985 that sit outside all season and have no rust because they have been greased since new. Grease also saves your seals. I'm a big FF supporter but grease is better for this application. Make sure you grease any other lubrication points while your at it and FF the rest of the blade. JMO
  4. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,617

    I grease and then wrap with wax paper. (my cat kept coming in with a grease stripe down its back):rolleyes:
  5. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    Fluid Film, and don't stop with the pistons, coat the whole thing.
  6. ff1221

    ff1221 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,374

    I generally apply a liberal amount of grease to the cylinders, and then take my undercoating gun and spray all the welds and joints to slow the rust.
  7. Bibbo

    Bibbo Senior Member
    Messages: 121

    i would have to agree with every one and say a liberal amount of grease would be your best bet on the pistons then spray everything else with FF and make shure you have die-electric grease in the electral plugs.