you might chuck the whole lot into one of those small cement mixers together with some water and a bucket of silver sand. Switch on and leave for 30 mins.
It will come out relatively clean and shiny, and you will be able to see how bad the corrosion is. I suspect the welds will be points of failure.
I did this to some rusty Landrover snow chains earlier this year, and they cleaned up a treat. Now sprayed with Rustilo preservative, and ready for action in the next snows.
You can get chain cleaned and re galvanised for about half the price of new chain. However, you may find that shiiping costs or the cost of taking it to the factory outweigh much of the saving.
You need to be careful about buying chain on line. You need to get or see the certificate of its spec, particularly if you are going to use it on a windlass. The one you are looking at seems very cheap......
Well I do like to pay as little as possible for anything really but I take your point about the certificate (that particular one says on the website that it is finished to DIN 766A which I think is the appropriate standard for my Lofrans Airon windlass) I was hoping a forumite may have bought from the company and found it ok.
Originally Posted by Tranona
Sarabande, That is a good idea - I would try the cement mixer thing - if I had one!
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