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Old 04-04-2009, 11:58 AM   #1
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Frame maintenance

Frames are made of steel, and steel will rust.
As I looked at a 2005 T-2499 earlier this week, I read through all 16 pages of the 2499 2005 and later front structural problems.
I noticed you, Kitty, got some ribbing about painting your steel, after you had generously submitted pictures of your coach's underside.
It got me to thinking about a product used by people restoring old car called "POR-15". POR stands for Paint Over Rust, and I wondered if this would be a good product for maintaining the underside of our coaches.
Anybody with experience with this?
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Old 04-04-2009, 01:08 PM   #2
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Hi viking I wouldnt see that it would hurt anything , there are alot of other products out there that do the samething. you apply it and it is suppose to make the rust a paintable sufface. I have used a rustolem brand product of the front hitch area on mine and it has worked well that was two years ago and the only place that I see new rust is wear the battery box sits thats from the water that leaks from the battery on occasion I ll have to get after that soon . good luck give it a try Dan
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I paint my frame with spray rustoleum or it's equivalent, not too bad a process since my rig is small.

Unfortunately forward facing surfaces lose their paint in relatively short time periods, not from underneath rust but from continual sand blasting.

On our Labrador trip all forward facing surfaces were rusted in less than two months.

Non-forward facing steel members seem to last much longer.

As a result, I always carry a spray can with me to touchup surfaces when ever I feel a little ownership guilt.

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Lode on the forum here did his frame tongue with POR 15. There is a post here somewhere on it. There is also another member who uses it at work I think. As soon as he pops in I’ll for sure remember his screen name….

Eastwood also makes a similar product. http://www.eastwoodco.com/jump.jsp?i...ORY&itemID=372

I have used the older version of the Eastwood but not the new one. POR 15 and Eastwood Rust Encapsulator are neck and neck competitors. Both good products.

While you are on a T2499 search, there is still a 2004 T2499, with no frame issues, (5” C Channel and heavier header), and completely painted frame sleeping in the shed that needs a new home if you are interested.





The paint job was only Rustoleum Pro and wire brush to death…. And me too…. but I got to it before it became too bad. I now need to do the new camper frame and it’s a lot longer….

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Old 04-04-2009, 08:59 PM   #5
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Thanks, but I am not really shopping yet. Need to sell the motorcycles first to raise the cash. It was a nice day and I took the opportunity to drag DW out to have a look. It was about a 40 mile drive out there. Unfortunately they are closed on Wednesdays, something I did not know, but we peeked inside and DW really liked what she saw. It was wet and muddy, so I did not crawl under to see if anything was bent.
They also had a T-1950. I think it was a 1999. Cute coach, but we concluded that in the middle of the night visits to the loo would be too bothersome with the limited access to the bed.

Norm,
Is there somewhere you have chronicled your Labrador trek, and if so, can you direct me to it?
How far did you go, what route did you take (may be there is only one), and how long did it take?

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Old 04-04-2009, 09:42 PM   #6
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I think it's me that John is thinking of using por-15 at work because I do use it in the autobody shop,
I swear by por-15 and as soon as my sunlines frame needs painting it will get done with por-15,the entire under carriage of my f-250 is done with por-15(photos somewhere on the forum here).
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I think it's me that John is thinking of using por-15 at work because I do use it in the autobody shop,
Yup, that's him..... I knew the first name was Rich but could not for the life of me remember his screen name. I knew you would most likely pop in and sure enough, here you are. Right on que.
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Roar,

We did write a daily report on our trip to Labrador. If you're interested I can send them to you at your personal email address. If you write me at my email address (normacs@aol.com) I'll send them to you until you get tired of reading them. If anyone4 else is interested send me your email address as well.

Please Put SUnline in the subject of your email.

As to the route you can see it by going to the Fuiles section of this website. Files/other files/ preparing a 1982 sunline.

Hope that helps, Norm
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Here's a link to my Por-15 experience.

http://www.sunlineclub.com/forums/ph...&highlight=por

Hopefully I can get to the undercarriage this /spring/summer.

My only advice, follow the directions and be careful not to spill or get any on you. I recall reading somewhere before using it...'if it gets on you and dries, it's between you and God as to when it comes off'. A freckle sized spec on my forearm took 3 weeks until it was gone.

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Thanks Jason!
Good reading.
How did the stone guard project go?
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Here's a link to the stone guard install. Enjoy!

http://www.sunlineclub.com/forums/ph...pic.php?t=1974

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Neat job, and it looks great!
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