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Old 08-29-2010, 01:21 PM   #1
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Protecting my new fenders for the winter

howdy all, been awhile.

So a few months back, I finally got off my butt and replaced the fenders on my TJ. The new ones are in great shape and I'd like to keep them that way. Now that I'm up at school though, the Jeep will be spending much of its life in a parking lot out in the open. This is gonna become a nasty problem come winter time when I will have to get used to finding the Jeep buried in a snow pile. With that much moisture sitting on it I worry about those nice new fenders rusting through before I've had them even a year. So what can I do in my situation of limited means to ensure that the Jeep survives the Winter intact? I won't have access to hoses, or powerwashers of any sort while I'm up at school, just fyi.

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Old 08-29-2010, 01:33 PM   #2
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The only thing come to mind is to either paint the inner fender with a sealant or monsterline. The exterior I will apply a coat of wax whenever its possible.

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Old 08-29-2010, 04:42 PM   #3
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I painted mine recently with a bed liner spray paint that I found at our local autozone and then covered it with a clear coat. Not only does it give them an awesome shine and look but it provides protection as well.
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Old 08-30-2010, 09:11 AM   #4
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The problem is the design of the fender. With the metal brace welded to the underside you now have two pieces of metal sandwiched together. Sealing it will not do anything. There will be condensation forming between the two parts. You may slow it as dirt will no longer get in their and keep the mositure longer.
I spray oil. Penetrating oil what ever I have on hand and bascally force it between the layers. I have a 2003 and no rust through. Live in Canada lots of snow and salt on roads here.

Just as a side note I also vacuum out my rear frame so dirt and mud does not keep moisture in there and oil the inside of my frame with a old garden sprayer with a flexible end.

I know, I know, I am anal

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