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I would like to install a roof rack, but the t-pegs for the roof rack adapters are ferrous steel. I anticipate that the paint will chip off causing rust to form and make orange streaks down the sides of my van.
Has any found a solution for this?
 

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It does bring up a question I don't recall ever being settled. Is the PM body galvinized under the paint? When I removed paint for a ground, it looked like it might be galvanized. Anyone know?
 

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Yes, but there's more to it. As I have mentioned several times here, the cut-outs for my windows are leaning against my shop with a cut raw edge buried in dirt which is often damp. After FIVE years, they have minimal rust on this raw metal. So in addition to the galvanizing, our particular steel must not be as prone to rust as some. I’ve noticed that in Europe where this body dates to 2006, we never see rust except occasionally a bad accident repair.
 

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Galvanized! Brilliant!
Hi,
The sheet steel used to make the panels for the van (and all automobiles) has a zinc oxide coating.
The entire van (once welded together but not painted) is submerged in a bath of solution that coats every surface, inside and out. The process is called EPD.
If you are bored:

At 0.24 in the video below, you can just see the van disappearing into the EPD bath

That being said, anytime the bare steel becomes exposed to air, it will rust to some extent.
Dave
 
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