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Who\'s Stainless Steel Assc. should I buy? Kentrol?

I am in need of some stainless accessories and wanted to know who recommends what mfg. I want SS that holds up to the salt from the north. Note: I want to replace as much as possible with SS.

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Re: Who\'s Stainless Steel Assc. should I buy? Kentrol?

I've bought from Kentrol, Pierce and no-name J.C. Whitney, and the Kentrol is by far superior. Stainless comes in different alloys, some which rust quite readily from road salt. I have a tire stop from J.C. Whitney or Pierce (sorry, I can't remember which source), and it rusts every year. I have door & windshield hinges from Kentrol and they are bright like a mirror and have needed no maintenance. I also have a stainless front bumper from J.C. Whitney and it rusts every year. Good news is that with a metal polish I can remove the rust, but if you want the best, get Kentrol. It's possible some other brand may be as good, or even the same source. I've never tried a magnet on my hinges, but the rear tire stop is attracted to a magnet, and the most corrosion resistant stainless is not. Also, some stainless is light gauge to save cost. Not a good idea for hinges or anything that bears a load.
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Re: Who\'s Stainless Steel Assc. should I buy? Kentrol?

I'll agree with Tim on Kentrol. I have a few Kentrol items that have held up great sitting outside through a couple of northeast winters. Just little stuff like hood latches and footman loops, not like a bumper or anything. The only complaint is some of the screws rusted a bit. Not a big deal. Stay away from anything SteelHorse (aka RustPony).
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Re: Who\'s Stainless Steel Assc. should I buy? Kentrol?

Hi Chad! All the S.S. on my CJ is 3 year old Kentrol and it shines like it was new! I would buy it again...but I'll never have to.
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Re: Who\'s Stainless Steel Assc. should I buy? Kentrol?

same here kentrol is much better than steel horse. I have all Kentrol on my jeep.
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Re: Who\'s Stainless Steel Assc. should I buy? Kentrol?

Another vote here for Kentrol. [img]images/graemlins/40BEER.gif[/img]
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