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Old 11-04-2017, 10:36 AM   #1
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How to keep awning spring from rusting?

One of my slide topper awning springs broke and I am replacing it today. The old spring was really rusty and I wonder if that contributed to the failure.

I have the WD-40 Specialist Water Resistant Silicone Lubricant and was planning to spray the new spring thoroughly with that. Anyone have any better ideas?
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I would think if a rusty spring would be the a problem the manufacturer would coat the sprong or give the owner maintenance instructions.
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One of my slide topper awning springs broke and I am replacing it today. The old spring was really rusty and I wonder if that contributed to the failure.

I have the WD-40 Specialist Water Resistant Silicone Lubricant and was planning to spray the new spring thoroughly with that. Anyone have any better ideas?
I think thats a good idea.
The only thing I can think of that might last longer would be spray chain lube... goes on thin but gets more viscous as solvent evaporates. Only issue that comes to mind might be some runs or drips when Wx gets really warm???
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I would think if a rusty spring would be the a problem the manufacturer would coat the sprong or give the owner maintenance instructions.
Most mfg worried about making it last through the warranty period... not last forever.
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Probably more expensive, but you might look at Boeshield T9. It was developed by Boeing to protect metal parts on aircraft that are not readily accessible. I use it for a variety of things on rv including slide mechanisms.
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I would paint it with galvanize spray paint.. or an epoxy.

yes, you can also keep it oiled or greased, but with a good coating of sealing rust proof paint, it will last years in any type of environment...

rustolium makes a good galvanize paint that we regularly use to cover over weld repairs on boat trailers. and it works well.

to paint a spring, I would stretch the spring slightly so that the paint can get between the coils, paint it well with 2 coats, let it dry, then release it to its original length and install it... problem solved.
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I would paint it with galvanize spray paint.. or an epoxy.

yes, you can also keep it oiled or greased, but with a good coating of sealing rust proof paint, it will last years in any type of environment...

rustolium makes a good galvanize paint that we regularly use to cover over weld repairs on boat trailers. and it works well.

to paint a spring, I would stretch the spring slightly so that the paint can get between the coils, paint it well with 2 coats, let it dry, then release it to its original length and install it... problem solved.
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You might want to replace the other spring while you have things apart. I replaced only one and wasn't long before I was doing everything again replacing the other one. Spraying on lubricant or painting either would help it last longer.
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You might want to replace the other spring while you have things apart. I replaced only one and wasn't long before I was doing everything again replacing the other one. Spraying on lubricant or painting either would help it last longer.
This is in one of the slideout toppers. There is only one spring I believe.
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Well, I got the new spring installed yesterday! I decided to use the WD-40 Weather-Resistant Silicone spray. I really soaked that spring so hope this will keep the rust away for a long time!

Thanks again to all of you for your comments and suggestions!
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I would paint it with galvanize spray paint.. or an epoxy.

yes, you can also keep it oiled or greased, but with a good coating of sealing rust proof paint, it will last years in any type of environment...

rustolium makes a good galvanize paint that we regularly use to cover over weld repairs on boat trailers. and it works well.

to paint a spring, I would stretch the spring slightly so that the paint can get between the coils, paint it well with 2 coats, let it dry, then release it to its original length and install it... problem solved.
Doesn't work. I used to install overhead garage doors, the spring wire continually rubs against itself during movement. After a few cycles they are bare metal.
The best solution is spray-on chain lube. I lube mine annually by inserting the spray tube into the end of the awning bracket.
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