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post #1 of 27 Old 11-02-2013, 08:35 AM Thread Starter
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Rustproofing

Sorry new to site is there a thread on rustproofing Wrangler , being in the rust belt here in Cleveland, thanks

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post #2 of 27 Old 11-02-2013, 11:16 AM
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I don’t recall seeing one and I doubt you really need to do anything more to protect it. I imagine that most modern vehicles manufacturers go out of their way to add plenty of protection in that department. Perhaps just clean your Jeep every now and then and forget about it.

Since I don’t live in the “rust belt” I could be wrong but other than going to extreme’s I really wouldn’t worry myself over it.
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post #3 of 27 Old 11-02-2013, 12:28 PM
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Rust sucks, I only own a xj and it's my worst enemy.

I might be stepping up to a jk here soon, and I plan on doing some kind of rust proofing.

However after you drive on a lot of salt it's good to spray it off, helps a lot

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post #4 of 27 Old 11-02-2013, 01:20 PM
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Yeah, go to NAPA, buy an air gun (you need a compressor), some "red" rust check, and a 5-gallon bucket of their Napa-brand rustproofing (the snotty stuff). Total cost just over $100 (Canada).

Go home, spray the "red" stuff around your body, doors, and into all of the fine gaps. Then use the air gun to whollop the bottom tub, inside the chassis, mounting points on the axles, inside bumpers, inside body panels, etc. The only limits being: a) how messy you want it (or don't mind it) and b) try to stay away from the exhaust - it smells like burning crayons when your driving and kinda makes you nervous (haha). You should have enough left over to do three cars - or the same JK for the next three years.

It is very messy! But it is cheap and it works. If you're meticulous, it will be a better job than the rust-prevention shops.
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So has anyone just left the JK’s alone as far as adding extra rust proofing and for the most part been problem free?
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I have some electric gadget the dealer put on for me. I've heard good things. I'm in Canada so it's a fair concern.
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Lol, cathodic/galvanic protection (what the device is supposed to emulate) only works on ships and boats, unless you're planning on parking your Jeep in the ocean.
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post #9 of 27 Old 11-03-2013, 01:05 PM
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I bought a'99 XJ with 180,000 milesthat had full underbody coating and rust is minimal to non existent on this thing. It's amazing.

Bolts are pretty bad but the unibody is rock solid.

When I had a wrangler I cleaned the frame and axles and painted them every spring.

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post #10 of 27 Old 11-03-2013, 04:15 PM
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So has anyone just left the JK’s alone as far as adding extra rust proofing and for the most part been problem free?
A buddy of mine has a 2010. There are no spots forming on the body or frame, but everything else is well coated in surface rust. Without doing something, your Jeep will disintegrate from under you in the rust belt.

I just got my 2014 and noticed that Chrysler left plenty of places for moisture and salt to lay untouched. Most likely I'll have it undercoated professionally before the salt flies.

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Best thing to do, and I have done this for years with great results,
After a storm, and all the salt goes down. Once the road is dry, usually a day or two later. Hit the pressure washer at the local car wash. I usually get down, do underneath, and everywhere I possibly can get. If you keep the jeep clean. It helps alot. And once spring arrives I pull all the inner fenders and drag me pressure washer out and pressure wash the heck out of it.

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post #12 of 27 Old 11-03-2013, 06:55 PM
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Give it the POR 15 treatment, the best rust prevention technique out there hands down. It can even be applied directly over rust and it will stop it in its tracks and prevent new build up.
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Best thing to do, and I have done this for years with great results,
After a storm, and all the salt goes down. Once the road is dry, usually a day or two later. Hit the pressure washer at the local car wash. I usually get down, do underneath, and everywhere I possibly can get. If you keep the jeep clean. It helps alot. And once spring arrives I pull all the inner fenders and drag me pressure washer out and pressure wash the heck out of it.
The best way to keep rust at bay,wash and wash often and pay more attention to the undercarriage then the shiny painted parts.

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post #15 of 27 Old 11-03-2013, 07:44 PM
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My grandfather showed me how to prevent rust recently, not sure how successful it will be, but its worth a shot. He said he used to take empty plastic spray bottles, and would take a couple quarts of oil, put them in the spray bottle, crawl under the vehicle, and spray away.
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