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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.