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Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Washington County PA
Re: what grit of sand paper to use?
Make sure the stand is structurally sound. If it is just rusting it can be restored. Be sure to check all the hardware, nut bolts, cables, welds etc. they are the items that can cause it to fail. I buy stainless steel parts and still replace them periodically. Use lock washers or plastic lock nuts.
I would replace all the hardware put the stand on a tree at ground level stand on it and check it for movement, sway, noise and to determine it is structurally sound. Then if so I would take the time to paint it.
If there is noise rubbing etc. I use rubber washers to dampen the sound.
Disassemble the stand so you can get to all the metal, use a wire brush and remove all the loose paint. apply a good primer and spray camo colors. Rustoleunm will do a good job.
I have several stands and I touch/repair them at the end of every season and then again about a mouth before the fall season.
Be safe and enjoy.
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