From: manny on

Built_Well wrote:

> I'll only use the jack 2 or 3 times a year, so I'll probably
> just go ahead and repaint the wheels with an enamel paint to
> resist rusting during the 6 months when the jack isn't being
> used.

Why not phosphate the bare steel instead? Treat with phosphoric acid
(metal prep, rust remover, like Naval Jelly) for a few minutes, wash
it off (water, then alcohol to remove water), and the steel becomes
grey but won't rust for quite a while.

From: Scott Dorsey on
Built_Well <built_well_toyota(a)> wrote:
>Well, I guess the verdict is in: A little rust on the
>exposed casters of a floor jack won't hurt much.
>But I do think rust on /jack stands/ is a very serious issue.
>The writer named News/RollingViolation wrote, "My cheapo
>Canadian Tire Jackstands have made it almost 20 years."

If this is quality stuff, it will be made with a steel alloy which will
develop a protective layer of surface rust but not rust all the way through
very easily at all. Many good tool steels are this way. Let it rust,
then put a layer of oil over top. If it continues to rust and the rust
becomes flaky and irregular, then you can worry.

"C'est un Nagra. C'est suisse, et tres, tres precis."
From: Ray on
Built_Well wrote:
> Well, I guess the verdict is in: A little rust on the
> exposed casters of a floor jack won't hurt much.
> But I do think rust on /jack stands/ is a very serious issue.
> The writer named News/RollingViolation wrote, "My cheapo
> Canadian Tire Jackstands have made it almost 20 years."
> RollingViolation, I bet they have a lot of rust on them?
> I hope you're not taking unnecessary risks. This is what
> my Duralast jack stands' manual says:

Ok, all I know is what I've seen in the real world.
Back in high school, the jack stands must have been 30 years old.
Every garage I've ever seen that has jack stands have a set that look
like they're from 1974.

Now, I'm not talking anything but some surface rust where the paint has
chipped off, but if I was the least bit worried they would fail they
would get tossed in the trash. I'm not, so they don't.
(I take safety seriously - my safety gear for my race car is replaced
BEFORE it has to be. I'm buying a new helmet next year because the
current one is getting too old for my liking, and that'll be about $500.)

I can't believe how anal you're being about this stuff. They're
jackstands. You can replace them yearly for about $10 per stand if
you're that paranoid, but I'd be willing to bet that no one else here
has probably ever bothered to think about them.

From: N8N on
On Nov 7, 7:28 pm, "Mark A" <nob...(a)> wrote:
> "Nate Nagel" <njna...(a)> wrote in message
> news:fgtjjs02is(a)
> > The hydraulics of that jack will be worn out long before any rust on those
> > wheels will have a chance to become an issue. Don't worry about it.
> > Do you worry because your screwdrivers aren't painted? Didn't think so.
> > nate
> While I agree with your conclusion to not worry about a little rust on a
> jack, screwdrivers are rarely bare steel. The are usually plated (typically
> nickel-chrome plated or other rust-resistant coating).

Some of the older ones that I have are in fact bare steel. You are
correct re: newer ones although the plating tends to get worn off the
tips quickly. Some of my newer ones are stainless although I'm not
real impressed with how they hold up, they seem to twist quicker than
the regular steel ones.


From: Mark A on
Any one know what happened to Built_Well and his first oil change? I am
worried about him since he has not posted for awhile.

I hope his jack did not rust out and crush him to death.

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