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Old 03-22-2014, 05:40 AM
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DIY rust treatment...

Hello there,

I recently treated myself to a good old 1995 YJ. It is in good condition, got it serviced and checked, all is in order. Been fixing it up myself the last few days, fixing windows, locks, and cleaning up the car in general.

One of the problems left to tackle is...the rust. After it was serviced, I asked how bad the rust was, they told me it is still superficial but that treatment against the rust would be advised.

I know that in an ideal world I should tackle the problem with welding, filling etc...but as I am not a welder, or know one, I would have to pay a lot for this job but to be honest I love working on the Jeep, as I do on my motorbike. So as the rust is "superficial" I would like to do this myself. I was thinking to rub away the excess rust and paint off the chassis with a wire brush, sand the areas a little bit then apply a few coats of anti rust protective paint. That's the theory...

As this is a common problem for old Wranglers, I can imagine that a lot of you guys out there have their own way of dealing with rust. What tools would you recommend? what paint would you use?...if you could share the knowledge with a new owner would be much appreciated!!

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Old 03-22-2014, 07:16 AM   #2
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You're on the right track to deal with the rust. Wire brush, sand, try to get as much off as possible but definitely all of the loose scale. I like Por-15 as a rust prep. I've used it on and in gas tanks, on the chassis, etc. once you prep you can undercoat, paint or use Bedliner. After we did the frame and cleaned the underside of my '92. I turned the kids loose under it with brushes and black tractor enamel from Tractor Supply.

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My YJ sat on jackstands for a couple weeks right when I got it and we wirebrushed the entire underside of the jeep (frame axles everything) and then covered it with black rustoleom. It's worked pretty well through it's first salty winter!
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Thanks for the advice guys, hopefully I can get down to business and do it this weekend, I'll let you know how I get on!
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Tremclad flat black , awesome stuff
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paint , rust , rust underbody

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