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« on: June 03, 2017, 11:38:20 AM »

I have a VERY clean 1999 Ford E350 Super Duty tow/push van and would like to keep it this way, if possible. No rust so I will be starting fresh with whatever undercoat works best. Any solid recommendations?

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« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2017, 07:23:08 PM »

Undercoated my Dodge Ram myself spent the week on the lift doing it made sure every possible area was coated including inside the doors and lower body sills used Rusfree brand undercoat found it on Ebay. Its a very thick somewhat clear liquid I thnned it with mineral spirits so it would flow out of the syphon gun ina light pastey spray.
   One gallon was more than enough to do the truck which has a crew cab and short bed. After a week on the salt last year theres no rust. I did spend time in town having the high school kids power wash everything for the trip home best $25.00 donation you can make to get most of the salt off.
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« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2017, 11:44:22 PM »

John, drive slow out there so your tires do not fling the salt all over the undercarriage and take off your shoes and put them in a trash bag before you get in the truck.  That keep the salt off of your floor mats and interior.   
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« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2017, 08:18:11 AM »

And pray for lots of rain and storms in Wyoming, Colorado and Kansas on the way home.  cheers
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« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2017, 08:56:04 AM »

Rain on the way home won't do it all -- witness a couple of years ago when, in JULY, I removed the left rear turn signal housing on the pickup to replace a bulb - and found a big ol' hunk of salt - maybe grapefruit-sized -- nestled down inside the fender.

A winter of rain and snow and slop and all that -- still didn't get rid of the salt from Bville.  I still think my idea would work best -- find a fast-running stream that's a little deeper than your vehicle's roofline, then park the vehicle in the stream for a couple of days.

That'd get most of the salt out. grin
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« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2017, 09:22:57 AM »

It's my feeling that the salt will get under, around or behind any kind if coating and cant be completely removed because it's under the coating.

When I was a kid in Ohio they'd salt the heck out of the roads (no doubt adding to the demise of Lake Erie).  Every fall my Dad would take the ole' Pontiac down to the gas station (remember those?) and they'd spray the undercarriage with used motor oil.  The oil would weep into all the little areas that a coating would miss.  Can't remember any of our cars ever rusting out.
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« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2017, 09:23:26 AM »

The next time I will try this,

http://www.saltawayproducts.com/

Others may have and have some real feedback.

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« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2017, 02:06:35 PM »

I used salt x for years. It works better as a cleaner after the trip. Last year I bought bulk wd40 put it in a sprayer and lube up every nook and cranny. I was even covered with it. Worked better than anything I used in the past. Also it helps with all the bare metal parts on the newer trucks.
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« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2017, 05:24:11 PM »

"WD40" mate, as Thundersalt said "WD40", "Drown" the thing before going and after the clean up,, I have been using the stuff for twenty years both on the bike and Van, haven't had a problem,, uummmm "WD40"  grin
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« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2017, 05:51:26 PM »

I just had a thought!!!!! shocked
There's an acrylic water based stone chip spray that's cheap as chips.
It's the stuff they paint on cars on the sills. That might work?Huh. cheers
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« Reply #10 on: June 06, 2017, 06:14:30 PM »

I have tried a lot of stuff to keep salt away. But for my bikes, the best one I have found is BoeShield. It is a spray-on that dries kind of waxy and sticks to everything, but when it dries, it does not attract dirt or salt.
I also sprayed it all over my electrical connectors and they did not corrode as they have before.

It is developed by Boeing, so its got to be good, Right?

I buy it in spray cans but it can be purchased by the gallon. Kind of expensive at $120 a gallon.

Here is the website: https://boeshield.com/

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« Reply #11 on: June 14, 2017, 04:57:12 PM »

I asked Tom Mellor what he did to prevent his Rolls Royce tow vehicle from rusting away. My guess was that he completely disassembled it every year and cleaned it thoroughly. (I thought that was a reasonable thought, seeing how meticulous he is. ) He laughed and said something like "It's only clean and shiny on the top side. It has an automatic chassis lube system and the entire undercarriage is completely coated with oil and grease. No salt can get to any metal under there!" 
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« Reply #12 on: June 15, 2017, 07:41:58 AM »

Anybody use Fluid Film? Been reading up on it and considering doing my truck with it, not just for the BSF salt but for the PA salt too.
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« Reply #13 on: June 18, 2017, 06:37:03 AM »

The real deal.............

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmoline
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« Reply #14 on: June 18, 2017, 02:59:21 PM »

One of the local aluminum boat builders here uses SHARKHIDE metal protectant. Lasts about one season in salt water. http://www.sharkhide.com/mpinfo.html
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