Rusty Screws

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  1. Dylan Glockler

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    Anyone else experience rusty screws? I flew one time when it started to rain lightly mid-flight, immediately packed it up and dried it off as well as I could. I noticed some of the tiny, panel cover screws on the body were rusty. Then we spent three weeks in Costa Rica. A lot of humidity. I've always kept a bunch of silica packets throughout the case but still - most of the black screws have gone rusty.

    Any thoughts on how to treat/prevent/deal with this? I've been told they should be fine, though unsightly and an aircraft mechanic suggested wiping them with alcohol and then some type of oil.
     

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  2. Ben Platts

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    Yeah all mine all really rusty too. Doesn't look great! Surely some non rusting screws would've been a better choice for something designed to fly in light rain!
     
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  4. Andy Johnson-Laird

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    I'd spray remove the screws, spray lightly with WD-40, wipe off the excess and go from there. Or, for a more industrial approach use Corrosion-X. (http://www.corrosionx.com/corrosionx.html).

    (Hey, Katya....long time no see on the forum!)
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