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post #1 of 16 Old 03-19-2017, 11:56 AM Thread Starter
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84 CJ7 Diamond plating

My 84 CJ7 rustbucket is in need of some help. At the moment I don't have time or funds to replace the bucket. How long will diamond plating & other "add-on" body mods hold King Rusty together? What are my best options as far as rear panels & side rails?


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post #2 of 16 Old 03-19-2017, 12:19 PM
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Got pictures? Without seeing it my bigger concern would be the frame. If the tub is so questionable it needs to be bandaged together with checker plate I'd be worried the frame is similar or worse in which case it probably shouldn't be on the road.

That said, if there's enough meat to bolt checker plate to it would certainly be stronger than gaping holes of rust. It'll look pretty hack but I would just get a sheet of checker plate and start cutting it up to fit.

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Thanks jeepwhore! Frame & other components are fine. Lots of body cancer. Wanting to hold body together until I can do a tub swap. Band aids in essence. I'll post pictures as soon as I am over this darned flu!

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Thanks Jeepwhore. Frame & other components are fine. Just a case of bad body cancer. Looking for a band aid until I can do a tub swap. I'll post pictures as soon as I am over this flu.

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Thanks Jeepwhore. Rust is only on the body - nothing else. I'll post pictures once I'm over the flu. Just looking for a 3 to 5 year band-aid.

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Here's my Rusty. I think Diamond Plating will help for a few years... Other than a new tub, what suggestions do you have?
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IMHO, the diamond plate will only speed up the existing rust. Leave it 'as is', until you decided to repair it.

Doesn't look all that bad, so don't know why you'd want to swap tubs.

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Thanks for the input HackFabrication. I'm going to "listen" a lot before making any decisions. Appreciate you input.

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Appreciate you input.
Ya want rust??? Here's RUST:



Honestly, if you've got the time/tools/etc., from what I'm looking at, it's fixable. Mine wasn't economically.
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Agreed, diamond plate is just going to give moisture a place to sit that it doesn't already have. If you're in Colorado it's not going to go to pot like it would in the Midwest or New England, if that's what you're used to.
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I agree. I'd leave it alone. If I felt compelled to do anything to slow down the rust I would give it a quick sanding and slap some POR 15 on it, some undercoating, or even just primer. You could even just slap some oil on a rag and wipe it down once a month or something. Common for farm machinery to get wiped down with oil if being put away for the season. On our snow equipment we clean them and spray them down with Fluid Film in the summer. Salt spreaders are washed after storms and sprayed down with Fluid Film between snow events. This would also work for your needs.
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or even just primer

Primer, except for epoxy primer, is permeable. It does nothing to stop the metal underneath from rusting.
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If you do intend to swap tubs, then a few aluminum skins might work, does not have to be diamond plate if it's not your style. Brushed aluminum looks good too. Prep your rusty stuff with some por15 and seal the skins good with silicone.

It's advice only if you do intend to swap tubs, it will get you your required time but may make things worse if you want to repair the tub. Depends on how much moisture it will see.

Do you drive in the rain or do mud runs? Me no likey either.

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Diamonplate would just trap more moisture, as others said. Here's what I'd do:

1. Sand down the rusty areas
2. Spray on some Phosphoric acid solution (like SEM Rust Mort) and let it convert and stabilize the rust
3. Apply POR15 over top of the converted rust
4. Rattlecan over some closely matching white paint

Your tub doesn't look to bad...you may be suprised at the results.

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Wow! I'm overwhelmed with the support, suggestions, and advice everyone is willing to supplant! Thank you.

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