SO I'm finally having my YJ tub repaired after finding a lot of rusted spots, under roll bar brackets and rocker panels. Rust is something I just can't keep at bay. While I work on keeping the new panels rust free I have a question about nuts and bolts.
What is everyone doing to keep there hardware from rusting?
I am so tired of trying to take something out that I put in a year ago to find it rusted solid.
Should I use SS hardware?
Zinc Coated Hardware?
Apply Anti-seize over everything? (Can't imagine this lasting long)
I'm sure you can all guess what part of the country I am from, but for the slow at mind I live in PA where they salt the roads for fun.
Where you live rust is a part of life. I am originally from Michigan and remember rust for no reason. Just do your best and hope it works out.
Look into POR 15 when you see rust or to stop rust from continuing. POR 15 has helped me on my work trucks a lot.
I POR 15 my Yj frame 5 years ago and it still looks good. It was completely rusted. I was lucky it was surface rust.
I just POR 15d a trailer I have and from previous experience I do not expect to have future problems.
Once you turn a nut on a zinc plated bolt you have then compromised the zinc plating. All it takes is one little spot. It will then spread under the plating using capillary action and you are back to square one. Just wanted to throw that out there.
Edit: I'm sorry I think I gave misinformation . The zinc should act as the sacrificial anode to prevent rust propagation.
Thanks for the great advice. I think I will pursue POR 15 to help in my rusted body areas and try anti-seizing every piece of hardware I can. This is all based on the possibility that my body guy can fix the damage seen in my pics.
Needless to say my seat belts probably wouldn't have helped me in an accident.