Fork trucks leased to a sauerkraut plant quickly lost resale value from exposure to a corrosive environment of brine, salt, and sauerkraut. The rental company therefore began applying Cortec® products as needed during monthly maintenance to slow down the corrosion. CorrVerter® Rust Converter Primer was used to passivate rusty surfaces. EcoShield® VpCI®-386 was applied over painted metal surfaces, and CorShield® VpCI®-369 was used on moving metal parts. ElectriCorr™ VpCI®-239 was sprayed on exposed electrical connections. The rental company has seen a significant difference in the ability of the equipment to remain in resalable condition to the end of the lease period and has implemented the same preventative maintenance strategy on equipment leased and used in another corrosive industrial environment.
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Keywords: case history, preventative maintenance, sauerkraut corrosion, forklift maintenance, forklift corrosion, paint for metal, painting rusty surfaces, Cortec, rust primer
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