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Rigging Guard FAQ
(Frequently asked questions)

  • Question: If I use Rigging Guard how often would I need to recoat the wires and fittings?
    Answer: Its difficult to answer this as every boat has its owns set of unique environmental and usage conditions. If you are in Europe we would suggest about every six months would be sufficient but again depending on usage and conditions you may only need to recoat every 12 months. In tropical conditions and with a lot of miles being sailed we would recommend every three to four months.
  • Question: Will Rigging Guard mark my sails?
    Answer: Rigging Guard is virtually colourless when applied so it will not mark your sails. However if it gets ingrained with dirt then the dirt may get transferred. In this case rub Rigging Guard well into the surfaces which come into contact with sails or sheets and recoat more frequently, this will prevent any rub off and will ensure sails stay clean.
  • Question: I have got a new boat. Can I put Rigging Guard on the engine?
    Answer: You should not apply Rigging Guard to the engine but you can apply it to sea cocks and other corrosion prone items in the engine room such as stuffing boxes and copper pipes etc. Inside the boat you can apply it to decorative brass, copper and aluminium to stop oxidation and polishing as well as through hull bolts etc.
  • Question: I have not used Rigging Guard and my Rigging is rusty and there is one strand broken in one of the wires. Can I put Rigging Guard on top of the rust?
    Answer: Rigging Guard can be applied over rust to arrest the progress of any further rust. In this case however it should be considered to be a stop gap measure until any remedial work can be undertaken. This is especially important as you say one of the strands is broken. This indicates that the rigging is past its best and should at least be inspected by a professional rigger. You should not put to sea until you are satisfied that the rigging is in good order.
  • Question: I have a new boat. Is there any point in putting Rigging Guard on now or should I wait a few years?
    Answer: It is a very good idea to apply Rigging Guard to new rigging before any salt gets into the crevices and starts the oxidation process.
  • Question: Will applying Rigging Guard invalidate my warranty on a new boat?
    Answer: We canít imagine why it would invalidate the warranty but if you are concerned consult the manufacturer. We will be happy to discuss this with them if they have any concerns.
  • Question: I havenít got a windlass for raising the anchor but pull it up by hand, should I coat the anchor chain with Rigging Guard?
    Answer: You should not apply Rigging Guard to the chain under any circumstances as you will not be able to get a good grip to pull the anchor up.

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