Rusted galvanized waterer - what to do?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Fowl Engineer, Oct 25, 2011.

  1. Fowl Engineer

    Fowl Engineer New Egg

    May 7, 2009
    Any ideas on a way to restore a galvanized waterer that has rusted throughout the tray? I was thinking of scraping out the rust with steel wool and then applying some sort of coating, hopefully one that won't kill the birds.
    Thanks a bunch!
  2. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2011
    Milner, Georgia
    The only thing I would do is buy plastic one so I could use ACV.
  3. JackE

    JackE Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2010
    North Eastern Md.
    Two part mix for autobody. BONDO, Once it cures you have a semi permanent repair.
  4. Reyvaughn

    Reyvaughn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 10, 2011
    Northeast Pennsylvania
    I repaired one that was rusted and had split the bottom seam. I sanded it to clean off the rust and used JB weld and let it cure a week. My BW/W Ameraucanas have been drinking out of it for weeks and they are still alive.
  5. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    Once cleaned with sandpaper or steel wool apply a primer for galvanized metal. A Sherwin Williams or other large supply store should have it in quart size. It's a serious primer, don't apply indoors and let cure for days before using. Galvanized steel requires a special primer, I've had people working 50 ft away have to leave when using this stuff, it's some noxious but works like nothing else will.
  6. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 6, 2011
    Pacific North West
    Yep you need to put it in a sand blaster and blast it to the original steel base and then dip or spray a new Galvanic process on it. I believe its a 2 step process with a catalyst on the bare metal and then the galvanic treatment to finish. We did that to a new piece on my boat trailer a few years back.
  7. southerndesert

    southerndesert B & M Chicken Ranch

    Jun 17, 2011
    Morristown, AZ
  8. wyododge

    wyododge Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 30, 2011
    You can sand the rust off and solder on a new piece to cover the hole. HOWEVER, when you heat galvanized steel it releases substances that are very, very harmful if you breath them, so wear an appropriate respirator. If is easy to solder though. I have built, or repaired many a roof jack that way (mostly for evaporative coolers).

    Then paint it. Once cured there is nothing to leach, just watch out for paint chips (although they are pretty benign) as it indicates further corrosion.

    I must say that I HATE galvanized fountains though, I went with a five gallon bucket and poultry nipples, I actually cut up the galvanized waterer to make flashing for my roof. Worked great for that.

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