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Purchased in August 2020 and the first thing I wanted to organise was treating the undercarriage as it’s imported from Japan with little to no protection.

It was extremely clean and rust free underneath however knowing what the British winter brings with salt on the roads I needed a professional touch rather than my efforts to cover it.

The garage I booked it into is very popular for this line of work and the only available time was February 2021!!

I pick it up tomorrow after it’s been there for around a week with a full clean, dry, rust treatment, masking, removal of trim and full Dinatrol paint.

From the images and reviews it looks like a top job which hopefully will prolong the life of my FJ.

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And the result!

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Nice job! I had mine waxed on import (new from the USA) but should have done this I think. Where did you have it done?
This is done by:
Based in Wiltshire, Westbury.

There are two parts to the business, originally a LandRover restoration/refurbishing garage that realised that one of the Achilles heal of the LandRover was rot of the chassis which could be negated by treating it properly.

They are very popular with great reviews in the circle of classic cars and 4x4 fraternity. They have actually already done an FJ previously which was reassuring. They have taken multiple photos of all the stages of the preparation from all angles which in itself is impressive!
I even have a courtesy car!
Not cheap but guaranteed and a free inspection/top up in 12 months with a certificate which I think will help any resale (Hopefully not for a while)

Next thing on my agenda next week is 5 new tyres, thinking of Falken AT3w
 

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Picked the car up this morning and so impressed. So happy I took it to them as I cant believe how new it looks now, shame I have to use it!

Looks great! Do you know what they use? Maybe POR-15?

The following is an extract of the procedure:

Cleaning
Firstly the vehicle is pressure washed using a specialist degreaser and an industrial steam cleaner underneath using our dedicated spray off ramp – this removes the majority of the lose dirt and debris under the vehicle.
The vehicle is then put up on jacking beams, the wheels are removed and any wheel arch liners removed. The vehicle is then steam cleaned which removes any grease and oily deposits. This means that the product will stick fast and hard to the underside of the vehicle.

Rust Removal
After this the vehicle is left to dry. Compressed air is used to force air out of any cavities which may be harbouring hidden water. We have a special high volume fan which is used to speed up the drying process.
Next, loose surface rust is removed with a combination of abrasive wheels or hand tools and a strong degreaser.
At this stage we categorise the preparation of each vehicle as follows:
Red – Very poor condition. 5+ hours preparation required. Heavy surface rust.
Amber – OK condition. 3 – 5 preparation required. Moderate surface rust.
Green – Good condition. 1 – 3 hours preparation required. Minor surface rust.
The vehicle is fully masked up for spraying to prevent any over spray reaching the paint work. This also includes the suspension, drive train, exhaust, heat shields and any other items underneath such as off-road protection parts like steering guards.
Dinitrol RC800 or Dinitrol RC900 is applied at this stage to any areas which are actively corroded. This goes some way to reverting the damaged metal back to good strong metal. This product takes 24 hours to fully cure.

Protection
The next stage is internal chassis protection or sill protection if your vehicle is of unibody design. Dinitrol ML is an oil based produced and is applied to the inside of the chassis using a 360 degree lance. This is left to dry before the next stage is started. It is also applied to the inside of the doors, bonnet, body frame and the bulkhead of Land Rovers.

The main component of the Dinitrol family of products is then applied. The Dinitrol 4941 is then applied over all surfaces to be protected.

On some high impact areas, a high strength Dinitrol 445 or 447 application is applied to protect against for example stone impact in wheel arches.
The bulk of the protection is now complete. This is left to dry before a final check of the application and the vehicle is reassembled.
 

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Seems we went to the same place! I had mine treated there in November of last year, managed to snag a spot the same week I called as someone cancelled.

When you go for the checkup after a year, ask them to remove the bumpers and to coat the crossmembers too - costs a little extra but worth it in the long run.
 

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Sweet! Another brother without lights on the mirror....we are a rare breed.
 

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Seems we went to the same place! I had mine treated there in November of last year, managed to snag a spot the same week I called as someone cancelled.

When you go for the checkup after a year, ask them to remove the bumpers and to coat the crossmembers too - costs a little extra but worth it in the long run.

I had a chat to them about your motor as I believe yours was the first FJ at their workshops, great you managed a slot after a cancellation, I had to wait some time!

They did talk to me about the removal of the bumper at extra cost but I believe they managed without it, perhaps yours was the guinea pig!

It’s great to see on this forum more and more FJ’s appearing in the UK, yet to see another whilst in mine though.

There is a Japanese car show in June 2021 (unless COVId puts a stop to it) near me, you never know I might see another FJ.
 

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I had a chat to them about your motor as I believe yours was the first FJ at their workshops, great you managed a slot after a cancellation, I had to wait some time!

They did talk to me about the removal of the bumper at extra cost but I believe they managed without it, perhaps yours was the guinea pig!

It’s great to see on this forum more and more FJ’s appearing in the UK, yet to see another whilst in mine though.

There is a Japanese car show in June 2021 (unless COVId puts a stop to it) near me, you never know I might see another FJ.
It was indeed haha, I spent some time with them going over the details of how I wanted it while it was up on the ramp.

I highly recommend taking one of the nice days in the summer and removing your bumpers yourself (very easy and lightweight), and using the can of Dinitrol they give you at the end to thoroughly treat the cross members just in case - theres a Facebook Group (FJ Cruiser Rusted Grame Owners Unite) which has some real horror pictures of what happens when left untreated/partially sprayed.

You mean the JapShow at the Santa Pod Raceway? I do love JDM shows, just don't know if the FJ fits in well among the Supras and GTRs on a race track 😆
 
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