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Old 02-09-2012, 11:14 PM
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Rustproofing and undercoating doesn't do any good and it is a waste of money.
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Just as GTY points out on his truck, even my '12 Express has some small rusty residu spots, most especially around the differential/axle housing. I live in west Texas, so I don't think salted road film has much to do with it. It just doesn't look like they put much paint on some of the parts and areas under the vehicle. Now, I did notice this also. The parts that have a little evidence of rust residue seem to be the biggest, heaviest components like the rear axle housing. The frame rails and other parts don't show this nearly as much. I'm not too worried about the axle housing rusting away. I'd be more concerned about the body panels and underbed areas of the body. Those look fine on mine.
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a month or 2 after i bought my truck, i looked underneath and EVERYTHING looks rusty. it was brand new but was on the lot for about a year. my neighbor said it was normal, but if my underside is already entirely covered in rust, how long will it last til it rusts all the way thru? =( i was going to spray the entire underside with sound proofing (like second skin audios spectrum) which will hopefully stop future rusting, but i worry the damage has already been done.
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I have owned over 25 brand new vehicles.

What I have done to the last 5 or 6 is this, take it to a car wash, that has underbody flush. Let it dry completely. I purchase generic Semi-Gloss clear paint, and blast several coats on most surfaces under the vehicle. It still looks good years later. There is no mis-matched colors, or overspray that looks out of place.

Clean, simple and does the job..........low cost too!

Give it a try.

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I also purchased a 2011 Dodge Ram 1500 in October 2011 which I later found had rust on the driveshaft and some of the larger frame bolts. It only had 7 miles on it and sat on the lot for about 7 months before I bought it. I was told by a few people that because the parts are steel, the rust won't do any harm. I was also told not to undercoat it because it could create more issues by potentially allowing moisture to build up underneath the coating if it's not sprayed correctly
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I like the clear coat idea, pretty smart.
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Yep, drive shaft rusty on mine, but you should see the muffler! It looks like a relic they pulled off the Titanic. I can see this muffler rusting out in a year or so. Where's the quality anymore?

Brought my truck in for a scheduled oil change today. Service writer trying to sell me an undercoat job and says Chrysler highly recommends this. What???, your kidding me! I told him after all the troubles with this truck, I won't be keeping it long enough to worry about too much rust.
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I agree with you RAMINATOR. From '94 - '97, I was station in Norfolk, Va. Salty air, road salt, hurricanes, & snow. One can of Rustolium flat black on dry metal sealed out all water and air. I sold that truck in 2005, with no rust visible where I had used one can of paint 10 years earlier. Also, I read an article and my Lockeed Martin machinist father in law told me the same thing and that is when installing after market parts that require the use of bolts and nuts, try to avoid carbonized steel nuts and bolts unless they will be touching other carbonized metals. I cannot remember exactly which metal is was (hopefully someone will pipe-in with the answer) but carbonized metals are caustic to other metals as long as they are in contact. If someone knows the answer please jump in.
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micar71,

How do you apply the Rustolium? I don't have access to a lift, only ramps, so I don't enough clearance to get under and spray underneath. Do you need to sand the rust off first or do you spray directly over it?
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I live in Texas and my truck has a little bit of rust too, no salt on the rods here and I get my truck about a month ago. It was made in 06 December 2011.







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