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Old 08-12-2011
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Mounting Whiskerpole track

Looking for advice on mounting a six foot section of track on the front of my old Pearson Vanguard's heavy mast. It's 1 1/4" aluminum track to handle my new ring car with stops in the track. Given that the mast is aluminum and the track is aluminum-but the machine screws are stainless....I'm wondering what sort of anti sieze product to use on the screws. Also, should the track its self be bedded in something? I don't want to make this a bigger project than it needs to be, but I want to do it right too.
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TefGel is good stuff. It's a teflon product. But it can be messy.

The method I am familiar with to prevent corrosion of dissimilar metals is to use anhydrous Lanolin. You can buy it commercially in the form of products such as Lanocote. I see the Sailnet store sells it, as does West Marine. You can get more of it a little cheaper from your local pharmacy (a real pharmacy, not one of those little ones embedded in a grocery store) because it is useful for skin care too -- moisturizing and wind burn protection come to mind. Ask them for Anhydrous Lanolin USP.

I prefer Lanolin because it works great and doesn't seem as messy to me. I put it in the threads of turnbuckles and hose clamps. I will use it to coat screws I put in aluminum too when I get around to doing that. The theory behind it is the same as with TefGel -- fill the voids so electrolyte can't get in and start the corrosion process.

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I'd still use blue (removable) Loctite. It'll stop the corrosion, AND the screws won't loosen. The other stuff are all lubricants and items like this track tend to work against the screws loosening them.

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Wouldn't this be a good application for aluminum rivets?
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