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Old 02-26-2011, 11:54 AM   #1
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Dirt, Mud, Salt Myth?

Hey everyone, I've been told by people, mostly my family, to get a car wash because my TJ's full of mud and dirt. I toldem Jeeps are the only cars that looks good when they are full of mud. And that I'll just wait till it rains to get the mud off. Then they mentioned that it'll ruin the paint and it'll rust. Now does dirt and mud ruin paintjobs and rust? Or is it just salt? Or is it all a myth???

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Old 02-26-2011, 12:01 PM   #2
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Pretty sure it's just salt that would be bad, unless its some nasty type of mud i guess. I never leave it on more than a week though.

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Old 02-26-2011, 12:14 PM   #3
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The grit in the mud will damage your paint if it gets rubbed on.... And it hold moisture, so it will promote rust. Especially underneath. It's a good idea to not let it stay muddy too long if you can help it...
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I would think the salt would contribute more, but leaving heavy amounts of mud on would keep moisture trapped against the metal. The paint will after protection but the chassis will probably be more affected.
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It's especially important to get the mud off the O2 sensors. No need to have to replace those prematurely. And if you don't get the mud off, stuff will rust faster.
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The grit in the mud will damage your paint if it gets rubbed on.... And it hold moisture, so it will promote rust. Especially underneath. It's a good idea to not let it stay muddy too long if you can help it...
Exactly the case with mud. It's a wet abrasive. It scratches off the protective paint coating, and sticks to everything.

Salt is VERY corrosive. I live in Ohio, we get nasty winters. It's not uncommon to see a 2009 vehicle with rust already around here.

Us Jeepers around here have 2 tricks to avoid rust. The first is to not allow mud to pack in the frame. Aside from rust, spraying the undercarriage and wheels helps to keep parts working properly.

The 2nd trick, spray paint. Krylon ANY bare metal, and watch welds. If u spot rust, sand it clean, and rattle can it
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ok thanks for the info. I like the Krylon idea. and it did rain today, so no worries on paying for a carwash!
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all this mud talk and no pics???
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all this mud talk and no pics???
I agree...
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all this mud talk and no pics???
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Hey everyone, I've been told by people, mostly my family, to get a car wash because my TJ's full of mud and dirt. I toldem Jeeps are the only cars that looks good when they are full of mud. And that I'll just wait till it rains to get the mud off. Then they mentioned that it'll ruin the paint and it'll rust. Now does dirt and mud ruin paintjobs and rust? Or is it just salt? Or is it all a myth???
you don't need to waste time washing a jeep, they look great all covered in mud.









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Old 02-28-2011, 10:24 AM   #12
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you don't need to waste time washing a jeep, they look great all covered in mud.










OUCH! What kind of jeep is that? TJ? Like zoinks!

I'll post a mud pic later....wont be that good though
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Yeah, the salt will really destroy the metal, especially if there's any exposed. I recommend getting it washed every two weeks at least in the winter. That goes for every vehicle, not just Jeeps.
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dirt will also help hold the salt, and every time it gets wet you have a salty mud mess getting all over.

I wash my jeep atleast 1 time a week and thats without doing any off roading.
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checked out my jeep's frame at rear tire and found that there was dirt in the frame! its not rusted out or thin but just say'n thanks for posting this or i wouldnt have thought of checking/cleaning out the frame! this could have turned ugly
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Better than nothing.... Dry dirt doesn't stick as well as mud
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ok thanks for the info. I like the Krylon idea. and it did rain today, so no worries on paying for a carwash!
Rain won't get all the crud off of the underside of your Jeep. A carwash that gets the underside or a do it yourselfer with the high pressure hose is the way to go, spray into the holes in your frame to try to get the crud out from inside there.

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