For what it's worth, that Steak & Shake has been OPEN for well over a year.
Parts of the HD store were were indeed closed for a while recently -- they
were doing a complete remodelling of the store, and relocating various
departments. (*nothing* is where it used to be. <snarl!> )
In a previous life I worked for a machine shop that filled in the slack
time between orders by fixing up derelict equipment.
IIRC, we used a two-part epoxy paint.
You're right ... rust protection isn't part of the equation.
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