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Old 08-22-2012, 10:33 AM
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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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