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Re: What is this?
Stainless steel (SS), when deprived of oxygen in a moist environment is subject to corrosion & rust. Covering the chain plate with epoxy/cloth deprives the metal of oxygen. All you need is a small leak and voila! Of course it can take years before the corrosion is bad enough to make it fail.
drilling a few holes in the coating down to the metal would help eliminate the moisture and allow some air in.
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