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Old 12-02-2019, 04:14 PM   #46
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I dont get you guys.Black pipe is reasonably priced ,easy to put together and bulletproof.Did it in 2 full 6000sq ft body shops in 25 years and it is still all rock solid.
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Did we already cover if PEX reacts with compressor oil over time and fails? Rapid Air has 15% Black Friday sale on.
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Old 12-02-2019, 05:28 PM   #48
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Van

Did it rust or stay nice? Going against white metal walls and ceiling. Would not want staining on the white.
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Old 12-02-2019, 06:41 PM   #49
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I dont get you guys.Black pipe is reasonably priced ,easy to put together and bulletproof.Did it in 2 full 6000sq ft body shops in 25 years and it is still all rock solid.
They are scared it will eat all the watermelon.....
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Old 12-02-2019, 06:54 PM   #50
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Because these days people have more sense than to use pvc why create a liability in your shop when you don't have to?
As I stated earlier, we have sch 40 pvc in our shop. I started working there 2 months after they moved into the building back in 1999. It was in the building before we moved in. Other than cutting and adding to it, it has been flawless.
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Did it rust or stay nice? Going against white metal walls and ceiling. Would not want staining on the white.

Wipe it down and brush on a coat of black rustoleum. I did that for my out door gas lines and they turned out very nice.
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PVC is like riding without a helmet. It works fine, until it doesn't.
FWIW I call my plumber in with his threading machine, he can thread the steel pipe and have it all together and leakproof in the time it takes me to cut the material to length and climb the ladder. I have steel pipe in a 35X100 building full of machines and hose drops, the oldest part of the system is over 50 years old.
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With galvanized would not have to even paint it. I would think a filter at every drop would prevent issues with flaking?

The Fast Pipe system has 20' lengths of aluminum pipe but has non metallic fittings. The Rapid system has metal compression fittings but only comes in rolls of tubing you have to try to straighten.
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With galvanized would not have to even paint it. I would think a filter at every drop would prevent issues with flaking?

The Fast Pipe system has 20' lengths of aluminum pipe but has non metallic fittings. The Rapid system has metal compression fittings but only comes in rolls of tubing you have to try to straighten.

Mark, you might be over worried about the flaking. I've done dozens of paint jobs in my shop with galvanized air lines over several years with no issues. No filters either. I do have a refrigerant dryer though for moisture.
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Mine is galvanized. Zero trouble. I have lots of filters and traps on machines, have never seen debris in any of them.
A straightener should be easy and cheap to make - https://www.amazon.com/M8097-MAXLINE...09718368&psc=1
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I put black pipe in my facility and never have had a leak. We put 2-220 gallon tanks in a run and then 2 industrial water/air separators and never have moisture and 6" drops every 20 ft with petcock never see moisture. Run 6 da sanders all day, 2 paint guns, 3-air hammers etc. I always liked the look of rapid air stuff but plastic fittings scare me.
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