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Painting chains?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by WhiteBurb, Jan 2, 2007.

  1. WhiteBurb

    WhiteBurb 1/2 ton status

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    Okay, I'm almost positive this is going to be a dumb question. But I want to paint my chains and such a nice bright color so I can stop losing them in the brush and mud. But my question is this, if a link starts develops a crack, do you think the paint will hide it?
    I just want to be safe, maybe being dumb on the way there.:crazy:

    Thanks
     
  2. MNorby

    MNorby 3/4 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    I have always painted the hook ends of my chains mainly for identification. Never had any crack problems to see if I notice I guess
     
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    I paint the ends of mine too.
    The only chain I've damaged didn't have a crack, the link stretched and was narrower. It wouldn't move like the other links and was obvious. It wasn't on the painted part, but paint wouldn't have hid it.
     
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    i dont know about u but i dont inspect my chain links close enugh to notice a crack. ill know its cracked just after it takes out the back window
     
  5. sweetk30

    sweetk30 professional hooker Premium Member

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    you boys still use chains.

    straps i think are safer and easyer to handle and store.

    if chains tho. paint the hooks.
     
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    Straps all the way. but i still carry chains for emergencies where i need more length or nothing to hook to.

    I tried painting the entire chain, but it all got chipped off. Paint the ends orange or something thats bright, and youll be fine.
     
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    straps all the way


    althought I have seen people use straps withs hooks on the end:doah:

    also seen same mentioned strap put a hole in the hoor on a 05 tahoe:eek1: :haha:

    that was a funny night..
     
  8. WhiteBurb

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    Thanks for the info. I mostly use my chains to pull trees around so I can cut them into firewood.
     
  9. MNorby

    MNorby 3/4 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Yeah don't use chains for recover. Ask a freind and his broken FRONT windshield and cut head from getting drug out BACKWARD. Chain slingshotted around and come in the front window. I carry chains still for hold stuff or chaining axle to front for high lift jack operations and whatnot but straps with LOOP ends for recovery.
     
  10. OffRoad

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    i use chains when it's appropirate, like a steady slow pull , or when i'm pulling something light, or when i'm lazy and don't feel like getting out the strap. that's really safe.:rolleyes:

    my hooks came from the store painted bright blue.

    maybe just dip the last 3 feet of each end in a bucket of red paint and let it dry?:D
     
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    I paint all my chains. I too use them for dragging fire wood and other stuff that would destroy a strap. The paint will not be perfect the 1st time you use it. I have never broke a chain by Just dragging stuff. I did one time try to snatch a truck out of a hole and the only thing i had was a chain. I heard a pop and 2 seconds later the chain slammed down on my hood. Busting the windshield denting the roof and pissing me off. 2001 chevy fullsize tow hooks break real easy. I was pulling him with my dodge truck from the reciever hitch on back. Now i always carry 2 towels I wet them down and tie one in the middle and the other close to the work being pulled. That way if chain breaks the chain falls to ground.
     

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