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Old 07-10-2015, 07:00 AM   #1
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What can I do to stop the hooks from taking the paint off the brackets?
I tried to use the rubber tool coating and can't come up with the right red color.
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Old 07-10-2015, 07:08 AM   #2
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In short nothing !but if you come up with something let me know.

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Old 07-10-2015, 07:40 AM   #3
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I use black zip ties keeps hooks from moving
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Old 07-10-2015, 08:13 AM   #4
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Been driving my '28 roadster pickup for 45 years and the chains have created a neat swing scratch pattern on the bed. It's a beater and the scratches attest to the many miles of enjoyment and use. Maybe a small bungee down to the tailgate hinges,or the chain covers sold by some vendors.
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Old 07-10-2015, 08:25 AM   #5
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I use chain covers and a clevis instead of a hook on mine, works for me..
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Old 07-10-2015, 08:54 AM   #6
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I use chain covers, but have the standard hook. It's a pickup, for crying out loud!

I suppose you could use the tool coating on the hook itself in conjunction with the chain covers. Just use black. It would look like it belongs. Especially if you use black chain covers.
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Old 07-10-2015, 10:19 AM   #7
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Get the end gate powder coated.
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Old 07-10-2015, 12:47 PM   #8
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Here is an idea I have but have not tried on my Pickup.
Put some shrink Tubing on the hooks. It's very thin and should last if you are careful when using the hooks.
Powder coating should work but more difficult to get chains done correctly.
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Old 07-10-2015, 12:49 PM   #9
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I'm with CarlG
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Old 07-10-2015, 02:28 PM   #10
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How about BLACK nylon ROPE & PLASTIC hooks??
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Old 07-10-2015, 05:58 PM   #11
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maybe paint bracket with black paint(brush it on) redo as needed. elect shrink tubing sounds like a good idea. tom
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Old 07-10-2015, 06:08 PM   #12
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I use chain covers, but have the standard hook. It's a pickup, for crying out loud!.
Yeah, What he said. Works for me and looks right
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Old 07-10-2015, 06:18 PM   #13
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I have always used bicycle inner tube for the chains, but I like the idea of the electrical shrink tubing for the hooks - good one. If you use a chain cover, don't forget the hole in the bottom to let the water out.
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Old 07-11-2015, 04:04 AM   #14
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I use black electrical heat shrink tubing on my pickup, works well.
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Old 07-11-2015, 05:20 AM   #15
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I put thin strips of rubber between the box and gate. It makes for a really tight gate and an interference fit on the hooks. My gate doesn't move, couldn't stand the rattle.
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