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Hi,

just looking at the cross member on the rear of my 110 and thinking its about time it got a new coat of paint and a bit of rust treatment. Any guidance on a satin black paint to give excellent protection, or even ones to stay clear of.....

Cheers

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This may not be the best solution, but I've had good results with it.

Get a twist-knot wire cup for a grinder and attack the crossmember until all rust is removed, then apply a couple of coats of red oxide before using Combi-Color by Rust-oleum, I've used it for all manner of things and have had good results...plus its a lot cheaper than Hammerite. It goes on well by spray or brush, even in cold conditions.

Finally some stone chip over the top -Schutz seems to have a good reputation.

And as above, inject engine oil or waxoyl type stuff inside the chassis ;)

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My current weapon is Genolite, which is part phosphoric acid, to change the rust to something non-reactive. Having no rust 'seeds' to re-start the process helps no end. But Genolite isn't as acidy as it used to be, so maybe apply, dry, brush, re-apply :)

A thing that helps the rear end is internal flaps/gaurds. If the dirt cannot get to the rear steel work to build up, and stone chips are reduced from the tyres, the whole thing looks nicer for longer.

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