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Unread 10-13-2006, 10:53 AM   #1
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Frame Rust

I did a TC drop on my Jeep yesterday to fix some minor vibes that popped up from my 2" BDS lift. (Oddly, on lift day they weren't present, but they were when I drove the Jeep a few days later. I'm thinking the extra passenger weight pushed me down enough to prevent them.)

Anyway, when I got the TC skid down, there's some rust between the TC skid and the frame. Rust is very unusual out here, so I'm not quite sure what to do about it. I was thinking of going in and knocking it all off with a scouring pad and then hitting it with some rustoleum or cold galvanizing spray. Is that the right way to go about it?

There's very little surface rust anywhere else... Seeing this, I think I'll leave a couple washers in there even after I get my BL/MML, just to keep water from getting trapped in there and rusting.

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Unread 10-13-2006, 11:06 AM   #2
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you got it... Rustolium also makes a rust "eating" paint that you can spray right over the rust... I live in the REAL Northeast, so I am hoping someone will chime in with what it is called (I need some too)...

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Unread 10-13-2006, 11:39 AM   #3
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I'd hit it with a wire-wheel (scouring pads are fine too, they just take longer) and then spray or brush some Rustoleum Hammered on the frame. I painted mine a year ago and in most places it's doing pretty well. I painted one of my rusted-to-hell DT3Ks at the same time (with absolutely no prep-work at all) just to see what would happen. Can you tell which one?

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Unread 10-13-2006, 11:54 AM   #4
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for thoes in the northeast like me rust is unaviodable and i recomend one of rustoliums special paints for rust they have heavy rust primer and rust reformer, plus just plain rust preventing paint. for light rust i use the plain paint but for heavy stuff the rust reformer and primer is great just make sure u only use it on rust stuff its full of fish oils that soaks into the rust so if there isnt rust to soak it up the oil comes to the surface and it never dries. i did one really big once over on all rust on the jeep 2 years ago and its still holding up great with the occasional touchup.
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