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2 Weeks Ago 10:46 AM
Multihullgirl
Re: Paint to mark anchor chain?

"prime" the chain with Ospho/phosphoric acid before painting. Have found that on galvanised trailers this is the best paint prep so far, expect it would work with chain as well
2 Weeks Ago 09:48 AM
CapnChuck
Re: Paint to mark anchor chain?

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Originally Posted by WayneGilham View Post
CapnChuck: would you be so kind as to post details on how you sew the nylon webbing to the chain, so that the fastening (sewing threads) are not worn thru by the windlass-gypsy? Might as well advise best way to fasten webbing to rope rode as well, tho I have a head-start in THAT department, siunce my rode is three-strand - I suppose the webbing goes between the strands, no? Thanks.
Wayne, The webbing is cut to lengths of about 6 inches. They are pulled through either a single link in the chain or one strand of the three stands in the road. This makes each piece about 3 inches long when folded over. We then sew the folded piece of webbing together by hand using a large sail needle and waxed thread used to repair sails. The windlass doesn't damage the webbing at all. Our current road has been used very, very extensively for the last 6 years and shows no sign of wear. We have been on our current cruise for 2 years and we anchor a lot. On our previous boat, the system was used for 10 years and was still fine when we sold the boat. Chuck
2 Weeks Ago 01:25 AM
capta
Re: Paint to mark anchor chain?

We use these plastic chain markers and like them a lot. For liveaboards, painting the chain is an impractical and messy chore that needs to be done frequently. We have gotten several years of daily anchoring out of a set of these little babies.
2 Weeks Ago 12:57 AM
WayneGilham
Re: Paint to mark anchor chain?

CapnChuck: would you be so kind as to post details on how you sew the nylon webbing to the chain, so that the fastening (sewing threads) are not worn thru by the windlass-gypsy? Might as well advise best way to fasten webbing to rope rode as well, tho I have a head-start in THAT department, siunce my rode is three-strand - I suppose the webbing goes between the strands, no? Thanks.
04-06-2013 09:17 AM
brokesailor
Paint to mark anchor chain?

Well I marked my chain this weekend. I used Rustoleum spray and PDQaltairs idea to use a box to minimize the mess. I wanted to make each 25 ft mark distinguishable, ie one red 25. Two red 50 but my box was not big enough so I marked each segment the same. I'll just have to keep track in my head. Thanks!
04-04-2013 08:55 PM
CapnChuck
Re: Paint to mark anchor chain?

We tried paint and as others have said, it doesn't last long. Wire ties constantly break, especially going through the windlass, so they don't work for us. What has worked for years and tens of thousands of miles in countless anchorages is 1 inch nylon webbing sewn through the chain and/or rode. 1 strip at 25 feet, 2 at 50, 3 at 75 and so on. paint can't be seen in the dark but the nylon can be felt and is easier on bare hands than wire ties. It goes through the windlass with no problem, lasts for years and won't wear out on the sea bottom. Chuck
04-04-2013 12:53 PM
Cruisingdad
Re: Paint to mark anchor chain?

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OK that goes on the TODO list for the next haulout. I still think the Caribbean sandy anchorages will rub it off PDQ but it is worth a try. The last time I tried I used brush and oil based enamel over primer. Gone in 2 months.
I wish I knew the exact paint and I would tell it to you... but I don't. As you can see, mine is chipped off pretty good too, but that took many years of use. However, mine was dry and clean when I put it on. That could be an issue for you.

Let me know how it turns out.

Brian
04-04-2013 12:03 PM
TQA
Re: Paint to mark anchor chain?

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Originally Posted by Cruisingdad View Post
Just spray it on. Totally dry though and nothing on the chain which could be a problem for old chain. Porbably wouldnt hurt to prime it first, I was just too lazy. But this paint has held well. I think it was made by rustoleum.

Brian
OK that goes on the TODO list for the next haulout. I still think the Caribbean sandy anchorages will rub it off PDQ but it is worth a try. The last time I tried I used brush and oil based enamel over primer. Gone in 2 months.
04-04-2013 10:57 AM
Cruisingdad
Re: Paint to mark anchor chain?

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Cruisingdad

Do you prime the chain, if so with what. or just spray the fluro paint on.
Just spray it on. Totally dry though and nothing on the chain which could be a problem for old chain. Porbably wouldnt hurt to prime it first, I was just too lazy. But this paint has held well. I think it was made by rustoleum.

Brian
04-02-2013 05:08 PM
TQA
Re: Paint to mark anchor chain?

Cruisingdad

Do you prime the chain, if so with what. or just spray the fluro paint on.
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