(Topic ID: 248756)

How to remove rust from ramp flaps?


By Jimmyhonda

9 months ago



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  • Latest reply 9 months ago by Mr_Tantrum
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    #1 9 months ago

    Hello, any suggestions for removing rust off of ramp flaps? My LOTR ramp flaps are pretty bad. Thank you!!

    #2 9 months ago

    you need to remofe the flap and aply gunblu

    #3 9 months ago

    Buy new ramp flaps

    #4 9 months ago

    If it is pretty bad, just replace it. Even if you remove the rust, the flap will still be pitted.

    #5 9 months ago

    This stuff is amazing to remove rust.

    Evapo-Rust The Original Super Safe Rust Remover, Water-Based, Non-Toxic, Biodegradable, 1 Gallon amazon.com link »

    After you can polish with this stuff.

    Flitz Polish - Paste - 5.29 oz. Boxed Tube amazon.com link »

    #6 9 months ago

    I have the same issue with my LAH. I tried to just find a new ramp/flap, but i haven't been able to. Surely someone has them!

    #7 9 months ago

    I've tried the cold bluing once and didn't like the results. Now I just make my own from a roll of blued spring steel I picked up years ago.

    Drill the old rivets out. Trace the old flap out on the new steel. Punch in the new 1/8" holes for the rivets first. Cut out with scissors. Grind and smooth the edges with a small bench grinder. Re-rivet to the ramp with 1/8" tubular rivets and backing washer.

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    #8 9 months ago

    I just use fine sandpaper - looks fine

    #9 9 months ago

    I use a buffing wheel, takes the blueing off and makes it shiny.. I prefer that anyway.

    #10 9 months ago
    Quoted from knockerlover:

    I use a buffing wheel, takes the blueing off and makes it shiny.. I prefer that anyway.

    I do the same. I do nott like the blue ramps. Go to stainless spring steel if you want. I can make a ramp for anyone who sends me a template, out of Blue spring steel.

    #11 9 months ago
    Quoted from schudel5:

    I've tried the cold bluing once and didn't like the results. Now I just make my own from a roll of blued spring steel I picked up years ago.
    Drill the old rivets out. Trace the old flap out on the new steel. Punch in the new 1/8" holes for the rivets first. Cut out with scissors. Grind and smooth the edges with a small bench grinder. Re-rivet to the ramp with 1/8" tubular rivets and backing washer.

    Where do you get the rivets and what do you use to put them in?

    #12 9 months ago
    Quoted from arcademojo:

    Where do you get the rivets and what do you use to put them in?

    I buy mine from Pinrestore, but all the pinball suppliers sell the rivets. I also use the Pintonka rivet system. Nice tool.

    #13 9 months ago
    Quoted from schudel5:

    I've tried the cold bluing once and didn't like the results. Now I just make my own from a roll of blued spring steel I picked up years ago.
    Drill the old rivets out. Trace the old flap out on the new steel. Punch in the new 1/8" holes for the rivets first. Cut out with scissors. Grind and smooth the edges with a small bench grinder. Re-rivet to the ramp with 1/8" tubular rivets and backing washer.

    Same method as it works out cheaper if you are doing a lot of this during resto work. An 18 foot roll of spring steel has lasted me for over a decade now.

    I also use a pair of nail scissors with the curved end to shape the edges of the new flap after cutting it out roughly with snips.

    #14 9 months ago

    Funny, on my Getaway (my first pin), I thought the ramps were really dirty so I cleaned and polished them with some Mothers wheel polish until they were a shiny silver steel color (I didn't know they were supposed to be blue). Anyway, I've always kept them that way because I actually think it looks better.

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