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Old 12-24-2006, 03:06 AM   #1
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Because the paint was peeling off of the inside of both battery trays, I removed all 6 batteries, and stripped off all of the paint. A cordless drill with a couple of different paint stripping wheels worked well to get right down to shinny metal. A coat of metal primer and two coats of Lawson Rubber Undercoat and the job was done. That stuff is great! I would describe it as Rhino lining in an aerosol can. Despite drying to the touch in an hour, I let it dry and cure for 3 days before replacing the batteries. The last thing I wanted was to have the batteries bond permanently to the trays. Just as a test, I tried to scrape a scratch into the bottom of one tray, and I could not do it. This stuff is tough. Only another RV enthusiast could understand why I attach the description "beautiful" to a battery tray.

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PS A little white lithium grease on the rollers and roller tracks, and now the trays slide in and out as smooth as a baby's bottom.
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Because the paint was peeling off of the inside of both battery trays, I removed all 6 batteries, and stripped off all of the paint. A cordless drill with a couple of different paint stripping wheels worked well to get right down to shinny metal. A coat of metal primer and two coats of Lawson Rubber Undercoat and the job was done. That stuff is great! I would describe it as Rhino lining in an aerosol can. Despite drying to the touch in an hour, I let it dry and cure for 3 days before replacing the batteries. The last thing I wanted was to have the batteries bond permanently to the trays. Just as a test, I tried to scrape a scratch into the bottom of one tray, and I could not do it. This stuff is tough. Only another RV enthusiast could understand why I attach the description "beautiful" to a battery tray.

Larry

PS A little white lithium grease on the rollers and roller tracks, and now the trays slide in and out as smooth as a baby's bottom.
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Thanks for the tip! Sounds like it will work for many things. Does one get it at Wally world or ?
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Don't know about the Lawson brand, but spray-on undercoating is available in most any auto parts store and they are all pretty tough stuff once they adhere and dry.
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Old 12-24-2006, 12:37 PM   #5
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I found the product in the same welding shop where I had 2 extra heavy duty steel rollers welded on to the rear frame of the coach. This shop also does Rhino lining and I asked them if they sold it in spray cans. It took 2 cans to do two coats on each tray.

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I just cleaned and painted mine a week ago. Never thought of that stuff. I have it in my pick up and John Deer Gator works great. Oh well next time.
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This sounds like a great idea. It seems like this would be good to do BEFORE I need to do a lot of scraping.

Several people have mentioned undercoating as opposed to spray-on bedliner. Some undercoating I have seen seems to remain somewhat tacky, so I think the type that is urethane and 'cures' like the bedliner would be better.

My battery holder fits the batteries rather closely. Has anyone who has tried this run into a problem with the batteries fitting back in the tray afterward?
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Paz, I replaced 3 twelve volt deep cycles with 4 monster six volt Trojan T-125 golf cart batteries. I still have a little "wiggle room" width and length. Height is another matter entirely. The tops of the terminals bump against the rubber seal when the tray slides in and out.

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by KEØM:
Paz, I replaced 3 twelve volt deep cycles with 4 monster six volt Trojan T-125 golf cart batteries. I still have a little "wiggle room" width and length. Height is another matter entirely. The tops of the terminals bump against the rubber seal when the tray slides in and out.

Larry </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Thanks, Larry. I'll have to look into maybe trying this.

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by KEØM: </div></BLOCKQUOTE>A picture would have been great!
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