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Old 03-10-2021, 09:24 AM   #1
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Default Rust protection for springs

Recently cleaned the rear spring assembly for the '40 and am ready to reinstall it. What would be a good way to help prevent surface rust on the spring. Would paint work, or would the flex of the spring affect it ?
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Old 03-10-2021, 09:51 AM   #2
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I like fluid film, I spray the stuff on just about everything.
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Old 03-10-2021, 09:55 AM   #3
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I did my 36 spring with CRC Dry Graphite Lube, essentially a spray paint with graphite in it. It made the leaves very slippery, and then I wrapped the whole kit in PVC underground pipe wrap tape, Wonder #41300 10 mil, x2 in, This keeps out all the grit and flexes to allow the leaves to move freely. No grease to attract and hold grit either.
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Old 03-10-2021, 10:24 AM   #4
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Asbury make a product called Slip plate, basically a dry film graphite lubricant. I have used it on my T's and F150's.

A one quart can is more than enough for several vehicles, good luck and let us know how you make out.
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Old 03-10-2021, 10:28 AM   #5
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johndee, Thanks for the info. on pipe wrap tape. Didn't know there was such a thing.
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Old 03-10-2021, 12:03 PM   #6
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The spring should have a lubricating fitting in the center bolt, it looks like a grease fitting, but if it was greased it will be internally clogged with grease, should be lubed with spring lube, a mixture of ice machine oil(thin oil), talc,and a dash of ground asbestos, 75%auto trans fluid, 25%talc, talc is one of the ingredients in slip plate. The leaves have groove down center to channel lubricant to the tips-- unless spring was greased, then they will be full of hard grease, once the spring is lubed you will find out how good your shocks are
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Old 03-11-2021, 06:09 AM   #7
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What is fluid film. I am not looking to lube the spring, just keep it from rusting after cleaning. Good points about dead grease clogging the spring leaf grooves. I have seen that on other springs.
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Old 03-11-2021, 07:26 AM   #8
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I used motorcycle chain lube
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Old 03-11-2021, 08:19 AM   #9
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I had all the leaves of my 32 springs powder coated. These are new Posies springs, so they have the plastic 'pucks' in them for lubrication. If I was using stock springs, would probably use a spray on graphite lubricant and wrap them.
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Old 03-11-2021, 08:36 AM   #10
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What is fluid film. I am not looking to lube the spring, just keep it from rusting after cleaning. Good points about dead grease clogging the spring leaf grooves. I have seen that on other springs.
It's a spray protectant / lubricant but it's based on lanolin instead of petroleum. I got a couple of cans from a local parts dealer.
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I powder coat each leaf.
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Old 03-11-2021, 12:21 PM   #12
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Fluid Film - Just what I was looking for. Thank you.
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Old 03-11-2021, 10:29 PM   #13
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Fluid Film - Just what I was looking for. Thank you.
Good for spraying in wheel wells of daily driver pickups for winter as well.
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