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Old 08-28-2015, 09:57 AM
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Winter protection

I just bought a GC SRT, but also happen to live in the north east. I'm hoping to keep this car for a long time, but also know how the salt up here ruins everything that is good.

Does anyone have any suggestions for rust proofing one of these? I don't want to void my warranty in any way.

Thoughts I had were:

PlastiDip the painted portions of the door sills to prevent shoe scratches. Maybe plasti dip some other areas also, such as the bottoms of the door boxes

Has anyone tried using something like a Ziebart or Krown service on their car?

Any help is appreciated. Winter is coming fast!

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Old 08-28-2015, 10:48 AM
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Re: Winter protection

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I just bought a GC SRT, but also happen to live in the north east. I'm hoping to keep this car for a long time, but also know how the salt up here ruins everything that is good.

Does anyone have any suggestions for rust proofing one of these? I don't want to void my warranty in any way.

Thoughts I had were:

PlastiDip the painted portions of the door sills to prevent shoe scratches. Maybe plasti dip some other areas also, such as the bottoms of the door boxes

Has anyone tried using something like a Ziebart or Krown service on their car?

Any help is appreciated. Winter is coming fast!

Thanks
Its up to you but I would nix the Plastic Dip idea and instead buy some Mopar door sill guards. The other thing I would do is either do yourself or have done a good wax job. Lastly, I would find a good soft/or no touch car wash and use it frequently making sure it is one that does the bottom of the vehicle as well as the top and sides. I live in Michigan, land of cold, snowy, and harsh winters covered in tons of salt. I kept my last vehicle 15 years and never saw a speck of rust on it using the above suggestions. When I privately sold it, it still looked brand new. Oh, and BTW, they put plenty of rust proofing on at the factory these days. There is no need for any additional rust proofing unless you want it strictly for quieting your vehicle down. Also, lots of the exposed parts like the exhaust system are made out of aluminum now days and won't rust.
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Old 08-28-2015, 10:54 AM
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Re: Winter protection

^^^^ That's the methods I employ. My vehicle sits out exposed on the streets all year round. I detail mine a couple times during the summer months because I enjoy it but also enjoy the protection. At the onset of winter weather, I get mine detailed and have a good sealant put down on it. Then every 7-10 days at minimum I am running it through a soft touch wash that does underbody/chassis bath. My last vehicle was short lived but only by choice. The one prior to that was kept for 11 years. Oh, and the Mopar Sill Guards are a must for me. Aside from looking great, they do a nice job protecting the door jambs. Had them on my last vehicle and put them on the new one. The rear ones are ridiculously small though. I'd like them to make those a little larger to be honest.
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Re: Winter protection

So no one here uses anything like Krown or Ziebart?
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Re: Winter protection

I ordered my Overland, picked it up, took for quick spin and then brought home. Washed underside, pulled in garage, removed tires and inner fender liners. washed behind liners.

Aplied a coat of Eastwood Rust Encapsulator paint to wheel wells, inner fenders, floors, all suspension, axles,t-case, trans case. Then applied coat of Eastwoods chasis black epoxy paint to same areas.

Applied Eastwoods brushable seam seal on all seams. top coated seems with chasis black.

Then sprayed two coats of Eastwoods Hevy Duty anti-rust coating on top.

Flooded all nooks and crannies in sub frames, boxed rockers etc with Eureka fluid film. Then reassembled.

Also flooded lower doors, hatch hood with fluid film. Yanked rear 1/4 trim and flooded area around rear wheel wells and d pillars.


Had Llumar clear films applied to lower doors, rockers, a-pillars, hood, bumper and roof in front of sunroof.
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Re: Winter protection

Turbo, That is a very extensive amount of work you performed and I'm sure you will be happy with the results.

Not to sound lazy, but I'd rather not have to disassemble my car or wash and wax it every week. With the cold temperatures here, I wouldn't really want to wash it that frequently for fear of ice slicks, frozen pipes, or too many heat cycles on the vehicle's paint. However, I do want this car to last for an extended period of time, and don't want to void any warranty.

Thank you for your help.
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Re: Winter protection

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So no one here uses anything like Krown or Ziebart?
Pretty much a waste of money/time on a modern vehicle.
Wasn't really needed back in the 70's when folks still did it.

If you have a water supply, pick up a small pressure washer and one of those curved wands and do the underneath every week at a minimum. Or, use a touchless care wash that has a really aggressive underspray and use it often.

I traded a 19 year old ZJ on a new GC and there wasn't a spot of rust anywhere on it, including underneath despite the use of chemical soup winter deicers.

I suspect you really wouldn't need the weekly underspray, but that whitish looking gunk just bothers me.
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Turbo, That is a very extensive amount of work you performed and I'm sure you will be happy with the results.

Not to sound lazy, but I'd rather not have to disassemble my car or wash and wax it every week. With the cold temperatures here, I wouldn't really want to wash it that frequently for fear of ice slicks, frozen pipes, or too many heat cycles on the vehicle's paint. However, I do want this car to last for an extended period of time, and don't want to void any warranty.

Thank you for your help.
Keep it waxed. As for the heat cycles, you just need water warm enough to bust the huge chunks of ice that will attach themselves all under your vehicle in bad weather.
Setting in sunlight is a worse heat cycle.

Ice slicks? Wash it in your neighbor's driveway. :-)

Your temperatures ain't that cold.
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Re: Winter protection

Keep an eye on the leading edge of your hood- they'll rust like an SOB on the WK2.


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