Corrosion caused by salt air, salt water, recycled water used for irrigation, or fertilizer and other chemicals, can have problematic effect on the connection between the Smarty Reflectors and the flagsticks’ metal top studs. Over time, salt air and/or chemicals can cause a reaction, creating a substance that will effectively “cement” the Smarty to the flagstick. The result is a Smarty that is permanently affixed to the tip. This is not covered by the Smarty One Year Warranty.
Recommendation: This is especially important if your club lies in a coastal region, desert region, or other region with particularly harsh conditions. It is our recommendation that you use a protective compound to help prevent corrosion to the tips of your flagsticks. Most hardware stores, automotive stores, or marine products stores carry products designed specifically to halt corrosion caused by salt and other chemicals, and it is possible that you already have something in your maintenance building that serves this purpose. Recommended products include:
- LOC-TITE Brand C5-A Anti-seize (recommended)
- Never-Seez Marine Grade
- Castrol Marine Grease
In addition, each day as the cup is being changed, turn the Smarty a few turns on tip of the flagstick. If it sticks, or feels “grainy” as it turns, this is a good time to wipe down the tip and add additional anti-seize product.