Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Tom Neves, Nov 25, 2000.

  1. Guys,
    I have a little surface rust on my SVT output transformer.
    Is there a coating I can safetly apply to keep the rust at bay?
    What about paint, Is it O.K. to paint it?
  2. Jerry J

    Jerry J Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2000
    P-town, OR
    It is best to leave it alone. Especially DON'T brush it with a wire brush. This will force metal particles between the leaves which is not good. Paint will only cover up the rust but not stop it. BTW, be careful if you are poking around inside your chassis. Those caps will hold a lethal charge even with the amp off and unplugged. Jerry J
  3. CS


    Dec 11, 1999
    Agree with Jerry, its about 600v at 3amp and it will KILL you.
  4. Thanks Guys,
    I appreciate the warning. Will be very carefull.
    What I was thinking, just for apearance sake, was to brush on a very thin coat of gloss black.
    Will this damage anything or create a hazard?
  5. Jerry J

    Jerry J Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2000
    P-town, OR
    It shouldn't hurt but you will just be covering the rust. This may impede tha rust, somewhat, if you use something like Rustoleum. There is a product that I can't recall the name of but displaces the rust and leaves a black finish. I haven't tried it since I have quite a few vintage guitar amps, the Bassman's, Super, Vibrolux and Deluxe Reverbs as well as great Ampeg V4-B. All of them have rust. I just don't even pay attention to it. I just think that it's part of the beauty of the amp. As Neil Young says "rust never sleeps". Jerry J