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Old 04-13-2014, 04:11 PM   #1
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rust flakes in frame

I filled a half gallon milk carton about halfway with rust flakes pulled from inside my frame with a magnet. I drilled 4 7/16 holes in the lowest part of the frame in front of the back tires and behind the front tires to aid with drainage.
I rinsed out the frame with water and it seems I got most of the scaling out.
Dried out the frame with compressed air

Most of the flakes were in front of the rear tires and above the skid plate. I did some searching and see this is a common issue.

There is minimal surface rust on the outside of the frame.
I pulled the skid and hit around the frame with a screwdriver and a hammer and it seems to be solid.

I plan on coating the inside of the frame with eastwood internal frame coating and doing the outside with POR15,

Questions:
Is that amount of rust flakes in a 14 year old jeep a lot?
Has anyone else used the Eastwood product and been happy with the results over time? Basically has it prevented rust through to date?

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Old 04-14-2014, 02:23 AM   #2
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I think your observations about the amount of rust inside your TJ's frame are very typical of what a lot of folks are finding after 10+ years. If the frame is still solid on the outside you are in good shape and the additional drain holes and Eastwood and POR15 ideas you mentioned is a very effective way of slowing down the corrosion process and what a lot of TJ owners are using, so it sounds like you have a good plan.

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Old 04-14-2014, 11:16 AM   #3
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X2 on the above. But I'm not a fan of POR15, the process seems so touchy. I've had better luck with rust bullet, a frame flush and inner coat with Eastwood is on my summer to do list. Also if you're just dealing with surface rust POR isn't necessary, I'm becoming a big fan of fluid film. Give it a google or YouTube search. Really neat stuff. I just got the whole kit not long ago. Maybe post a pic of your frame just to see what you're dealing with
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Old 04-14-2014, 12:49 PM   #4
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X2 on the above. But I'm not a fan of POR15, the process seems so touchy. I've had better luck with rust bullet, a frame flush and inner coat with Eastwood is on my summer to do list. Also if you're just dealing with surface rust POR isn't necessary, I'm becoming a big fan of fluid film. Give it a google or YouTube search. Really neat stuff. I just got the whole kit not long ago. Maybe post a pic of your frame just to see what you're dealing with
Thanks guys


I can't post a pic of the frame until the weekend. The outside of the frame is in really good shape with minimal surface rust in spots

This is what I got out of the inside

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^now you'll get better fuel economy! (less weight)....j/k.....you are on the right track.
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Old 04-19-2014, 02:07 PM   #6
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Here's some pics of the outside of the frame. Looks like surface rust to me.
I was most concerned about the flakes I pulled out of the inside.


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Old 04-19-2014, 02:36 PM   #7
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Your chassis looks good. I am jealous, where I live we have salted roads. My new jeeps chassis was ugly when i first got it, not one big of black paint anywhere. I hit it over with a hammer and could tell it was all surface rust, nothing a grinding wheel and wire brush couldn't fix! Good job fixing this while you are ahead
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Old 04-20-2014, 02:47 AM   #8
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get a wire wheel and your drill, hit those areas to remove the loose stuff, and coat the entire frame with one of the rust preventative coatings and your TJ will be set for another 10 years.
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Old 04-20-2014, 10:03 PM   #9
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Yes, it looks like its not to bad yet, and a good time to address. Its a good size job, make sure to dedicate the time to do a thorough job so as you don't have to revisit it again to soon.

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