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Plastidip Tailgate Chains

Discussion in 'Early Jeep Restoration and Research' started by theBHead, Mar 31, 2023.

  1. Mar 31, 2023
    theBHead

    theBHead New Member

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    Hey,

    Has anyone tried plasti dipping the tailgate chains with this stuff?

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  2. Mar 31, 2023
    PeteL

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    Seen it on kids swings, etc. Not to my taste. YMMV

    Canvas chain covers are offered for sale by members here, jeep vendors, or on eBay etc.
     
  3. Mar 31, 2023
    Beach66Bum

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    I would think each individual link would have to dipped separately or the chain links would be sticking together.
    (I bought nice replacement set from Walck’s)
     
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  4. Mar 31, 2023
    danielbuck

    danielbuck Uncle Buck

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    yeah I think for a chain that needs to stay quite flexible, this wouldn't be a good idea. Swingset chains don't really move all that much, they could almost be rigid bars that pivot at the ends, but tailgate chains need to stay flexible.

    If you know someone with a sewing machine, making covers for the chains is about the easiest sewing project you can do :)
     
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    SoCalNickG

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    I used that on the windshield stand-offs (1971 CJ). I agree with above about preferring individually coated links.
    A member, Durangotang, makes tailgate chain covers. At least he was making them. The pair I bought from him, a few years back, are very nice and fit great.
     
  6. Mar 31, 2023
    PeteL

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    If you aren't fussy, sections of an old bicycle inner tube work fine. (I cut a small hole at the lowest point to let rainwater drain out.)
     
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    theBHead

    theBHead New Member

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    my only problem with biketubes/fabric coverings is where i live. summers get to 120 and stay there for quite a while and are murder on those materials.
     
  8. Mar 31, 2023
    boopiejones

    boopiejones I can’t drive 55

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    Plastidip will get destroyed in the weather as well. The chains on my kids swing set came precoated in some sort of plastidip, and the swing on the sunny side had zero remaining after a few years. The chains on the shady side still look decent. That said, it’s not super flexible so it doesn’t seem like it would work well as a tailgate chain coating.

    I used nylon hose sleeve for my tailgate chains. It seems to be plenty durable thus far and looks like something that would have been installed from the factory.

    NPS - 079 Nylon PROTECTVE Hydraulic Hose Sleeve - Hose Guard - 0.79" I.D/1.34" Flat https://a.co/d/2hI6XOV

     
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