We have a Westin steel grill guard on out pickup and every three years I have to take it off and strip, sand and repaint it. Looks like this year is the year for it again. I went out and took it off the other day and started sanding it wit a power sander my son got me for Christmas a few years ago. I rellay have the itch to get the 4" angel grinder with awire wheel out again but the wife says, " after last years debacule, it's not a good idea". That little episode left me with about 25% loss of the left index finger. Not from the injury but from the care from the hospital. Still has a nub sensation to it as long as you don't push to hard on it and then it is very sore.
I want to get this project done by next week so I have instructions to use heavy gloves if I want to use the wire wheel. It would be the easiest and fastest to take the rust and paint off. It sure is comforting to know that the wife is looking out for me. Well, maybe she is just trying to make sure we have a better summer this year.
When we bought the grill guard we couldn't afford the black stainless steel one so we settled for the steel one. The first one lasted 6 months and started to rust through. I got it replaced under warranty. The second one lasted a year and the dealer sai there was no warranty on it because it was a replacement. After contacting Weston they sent another new one to the dealer who refused to install it. I took it home and put it on and it only lasted about a year. that is the one I have been rpainting. I took the second one back to the dealer who was surprised I did. I told them Weston wanted it shipped back so they could check it out.
This year I am going to use a rust inhibitor on it to see how long it will last. If I get a couple of years out of it I will be glad.
Hope spring comes to us all soon. Roger.