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Rigs on Fantasy Island

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It is easy to rub cadmium plating off of MIL-SPEC hardware.

Nickle-plating lasts longer.

The worst corrosion - that I ever saw - was on four rigs from the Amazon Jungle of Brazil. First, they returned a pair of student Telesis h/c to Rigging Innovations. All the hardware was rusted. I suspect that Amazon soil is acidic and contains plenty of iron oxide. We replaced all the hardware and most of the harness webbing.

The second pair of rusty harnesses were on Softies that were returned to the Para-Phernalia factory. Again, we cut off the harnesses to sew in all new webbing and hardware.

These days, I recommend stainless steel hardware for everyone. SS corrodes at a slower rate and only produces grey/black oxide that is far less abrasive.


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