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Old 05-20-2014, 01:48 PM   #1
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With our brand new Sunset Trail we seem to be seeing surface rust on a lot of the metal on the camper. Jacks, Frame underneath, Axles, Leaf Springs, gas pipe underneath etc. Seems like Crossroads took the cheap route to painting surfaces on the camper. I have been going around with black spray paint and touching up.
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Old 05-20-2014, 04:11 PM   #2
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Partly the paint they use and partly the steel used. They don't prep them well before painting and they don't hold up well to salt and rock strikes. They only look pretty when they are new. Would be nice if they were powder coated but that won't happen in an industry that is all about cost saving in the manufacture process.
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I've been touching up spots with rust reformer paint. It's flat black, but the frame and jacks gloss eventually fades anyways..holds up well.
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Old 05-21-2014, 09:59 AM   #4
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Manufacture date makes a difference too. Our Zinger was built/shipped in September, so no rust. A friend's newer Zinger shipped in January, so it was "treated" with road grime that caused more rust on steps, jacks, etc.
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Old 05-21-2014, 11:52 AM   #5
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Ours shipped in December and has some surface rust when I got it home. I treated it with a rattle can of black after giving it a quick once over to knock off anything loose. 2 months later nothing has come back.

I figure this will be a yearly job.
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We got ours last Aug and when we picked it up from (indoor not heated) storage it was really bad. Do you think by spraying it, it will stop the rust form getting worse?
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Old 05-21-2014, 12:47 PM   #7
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Unless you strip it, and stop the rust at the base it will keep coming back.

It's easier to just keep touching it up.
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Rust Oleum makes a rusty metal primer. It's goes right over the rust and then you finish it with any top coat. Works great for me.
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