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Midwest FJ's.... Rust!

Hi Guys,

So I am now a proud owner of my voodoo blue FJ. I did not care about my previous vehicle and thus never had to maintain it past oil changes and brakes. This time around, I am going to be anal about the FJ because I absolutely love it and they will be few and far between in the upcoming years. Living in MI, the obvious concern is going to be maintaining the integrity of the rustable parts.

How do you do this? Rust is inevitable. I know it but there has to be a way to prevent it for as long as possible. Specifically in the winter time, do you get regular car washes every week? More than once a week? Can you coat the undercarriage?

Secondly, how do you deal with it once it begins? I would like to do a lot myself besides major stuff. I have some rock chips I'd like to fill in to prevent rust starting there.

Sorry if its a newbie question but I really really want this FJ to last as long as she can!

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Re: Midwest FJ's.... Rust!

I wash mine about once a week usually, making sure to get underneath. I had light surface rust, and a few months ago I got underneath with a very course bristle brush and then hit it with spray paint. Areas I didn't want overspray I used a brush. My frame looks better than new now, I just touch up my frame when I do my skids and sliders and it still looks perfect. I actually have gotten compliments on it.

If there is already too much rust, you may not be able to go this route. The trick is staying ahead of it.

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Re: Midwest FJ's.... Rust!

Got my baby in Aug 2014. Sprayed fluid film first thing and touch up yearly. Not bad for two NJ winters:
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Re: Midwest FJ's.... Rust!

I try not to drive mine in the winter. There is still some rust down there that I have to take care of this year.
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Thanks guys! Wowsers on that pic... looks like it hasn't been touched. Thanks for the tip on the brush too... will have to take a better look underneath when I get a chance...
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Re: Midwest FJ's.... Rust!

do like Mike and cover everything down there with fluid film (or Boeshield, same stuff, different mfr.)

if you already have surface rust, convert it first with some sprayed on Ospho (phosphate), to turn red iron oxide into black, inert iron phosphate, then cover that with fluid film

Use a cheap garden sprayer for the Ospho, and protect your face/arms (it will sting), and then use the simple compressed air sprayer Fluid film sells to apply their stuff (protect the brakes from it, but everything else is OK to get it on, rubber, plastic, paint, you name it, and don't worry about getting any on your skin it is lanolin based, though it does look like mayonaise when first applied, and does smell like a wet sheep for a short time after application).

then touch up the fluid film each summer to keep it as perfect as his photo

I did this with my '08 last summer (7 north east winters, near the ocean), which had flash rust all over the entire underside, and it is now black like his (only a few spots were rusted badly enough to stay rusty afterwards, but I think with early doses of film will hold up far better than otherwise).


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Re: Midwest FJ's.... Rust!

My Fj just spent its first winter in snow and I got some light rust underneath now. I was planning on getting under there with a wire brush and some spray paint to take care of the problem before it gets bigger

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Use a sprayer to wash the under carriage between winter applications of the road salts. Look for a product called "salt terminator" "salt away" or another called "salt x"

This works extremely well to PREVENT the damaging corrosion

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Re: Midwest FJ's.... Rust!

i do Ziebart 195.00 then 35.00 a year to touch it up..my 2007


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i do Ziebart 195.00 then 35.00 a year to touch it up..my 2007
Did you have that done when it was new or was it applied later? Indiana has been hard on my 07 I just picked up and I would like to address it before it gets bad.
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