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Old 03-21-2015, 11:35 AM   #11
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I openend the steps on the 315 a couple days ago.Trailer has never been used,was delivered before salt.Anyway,there is rust creepy crawling out of every seam and joint in the steps.Why do they even bother powdercoating them if they do this kind of a sub standard job? My intent was to spray all the exposed frame with bedliner before it ever leaves the house. It will probably be a real treat under there.
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Old 03-21-2015, 11:41 AM   #12
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I openend the steps on the 315 a couple days ago.Trailer has never been used,was delivered before salt.Anyway,there is rust creepy crawling out of every seam and joint in the steps.Why do they even bother powdercoating them if they do this kind of a sub standard job? My intent was to spray all the exposed frame with bedliner before it ever leaves the house. It will probably be a real treat under there.
They were powder coated after they were riveted together some of the rust is from rivets and steel not coated.
It is possible the steps were exposed to high humidity before coated and rusted under the paint.

And you are likely right about "under there"..
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Old 03-21-2015, 11:51 AM   #13
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Thought it was interesting, when dealer was evaluating my trade, he asked specifically about rust on the frame ( a way to lower the trade value) . When I did the PDI on my new 2015 TT and pointed out a few rust spots, he said all RV's will have some rust, it's unavoidable. I am sure if I left them untreated, they would reduce the value when I trade it.
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Old 03-21-2015, 11:57 AM   #14
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Powder coating is great as long as the metal is properly prepped BEFORE the coating is applied, which is the major downfall of a lot of the powder coating applications, especially in the rv industry. We had a lot of stuff powder coated when we raced, including the car frame and had to literally burn the coating to get it off. Of course everything was chemically cleaned and then either sand blasted or bead blasted before coating.
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Old 03-21-2015, 12:25 PM   #15
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What OC said, When we were raceing snowmobiles we pc'd averything,but it was bead blasted and washed with lacquer thinner before we ever took it in.Never had any issues with it even if we crashed something (and we did!).The parts would bend and wrinkle but unless it was severe,the pc would bend with it.
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Old 03-21-2015, 12:43 PM   #16
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I use one of these on my small stuff.
Elite HotCoat Powder Coating Kit - Stainless Steel Wire - Powder Coating Handbook - Eastwood

Works great, easier than spray painting and lasts forever. My only limitation is the size of the oven to bake it.
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I plan to apply POR-15 this spring because it appears to be a once & done process. Folk on this forum & antique car forum rave about it. You need to wear a mask & protect exposed skin since really sticks.
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