rust prevention for bed?
New to the site and I'm sure this topic has already been sliced and diced, but what is the best way to access and treat the prone areas of the bed. Looking to add rear wheel well splash guards and put on a set of flares, but would like to address this before it becomes a major problem. Thinking about "prep and ready" and por-15, but not sure where to access. Have a front and rear stake hole on my 2004 and I'm not sure if taillight assembly removal is the ticket to best access.
The wheel well guards are the best thing, keeps all the stuff out from under the bed in the first place. You can paint, coat, rust proof, etc. but it will only delay it. We've had vehicle's ziebart treated which is "lifetime" rust proofing and they still rusted out. We stopped doing that some time ago, and found the best thing you can do is to use wheel well guards, and hose the under carriage of the vehicle down once a week(if you're driving in saltly/corrosive conditions). We did this on our 1997 s10 and when I sold it 2 years ago with 220k miles on it it had absolutely no rust. It lasted longer than the ziebart treated trucks we've had in the past.
Hope this helps. Keep in mind newer vehicles have more alloy in the metal, so are generally less likely to rust all around anyway.
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