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Old 03-23-2016, 12:57 PM
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Fluid Film or not??

I have a 2005 Rubicon with 91,000 miles with absolutely no rust anywhere on it. I plan to keep this Jeep for a very long time and I am contemplating coating the under carriage with Fluid Film but I'm not sure if it would be worth it. I live in Mississippi so I have no Salt to worry about, this is an extra vehicle that i can park on the rare occasion that it does snow. I bought the Jeep to cruise around town with the top down, but may see mud a few times a year. I have already drilled drain holes in the frame in front of the control arms and I hose the underside off once a month or so.

My Questions are:

1: will the fluid film cause a mess when I do have to do any work to the underside

2: Do I even need to worry with treating since there is no rust and I plan on keeping it that way, or would it be a good Idea to go ahead and get in front of any future issue. With the warmer climate in Mississippi rust isn't a very big issue for us.

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These frames rust from the inside out with trapped water, even if no salt is present. AT a minimum I do the Eastman's intervnl frame coating on the inside. There are threads here that cover how to do it.

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I'm in Ohio and I use FF every fall. There's really no mess. It doesn't drip off. Even the over spray is minimal with their sprayer. The primary thing is that it stinks for a couple weeks. I use the FF inside my frame as well. They sell a wand that you feed in through the holes. I will say that I used it liberally under the fenders and my first rust hole just appeared last year. It could have been forming before I purchased the Jeep 2 years ago. Hard to say. It does appear to slow down the rust but it won't reverse it.
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Thanks for the replies, it looks like I have another project to get to
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+1 one on Eastman's frame coat paint
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I personally used eastwoods internal frame coating waited for it dry then used fluid film inside the frame, on and everywhere i could get on the tub. The fluid film kit comes with a gallon and a sprayer and a few other things shipped for about $150. Mine had no rust what so ever on it and wanted to keep it that way. If you can wait for till it will be warm out for a few days to drive ot with the top off i would recomend it. I did mine during the winter and the drive to and from work really stunk for a couple days.

Also, if you concerned about rust replace all the tail light and license plate bolts with stainless steal.
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you guys mean eastwoods? I plan on adding eastwoods into my write up and using it this summer myself. You can always coat your frame in an asphalt like I keep posting here Frame rust prevention

Remember, not just salt with rust your frame, mud is acidic and will do it to.

Now that all being said, my mechanic loves fluid film for everything and swears by it...he's got me hooked on it as well (Ive been buying the spray stuff) and have been using it on moving pieces.

Any oil undercoat is going to make things messier when you do work on your vehicle...but it will protect it to. At the end of the day...it isn't terrible to work on a vehicle with an undercoating...and since when is working on these things clean anyways?
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You guys say it rust no matter the climate. I disagree. I am in the NW no rust. Curious why you guys think that
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You guys say it rust no matter the climate. I disagree. I am in the NW no rust. Curious why you guys think that
The climate matters as well as upkeep of the vehicle. Are you just daily driving it/washing and maintaining it? Or are you off-roading it in mud that gets up and in everywhere?

Mud, road salt, ocean salt, are all corrosive. Otherwise, the regular coating on your frame (if done properly from the factory) will hold up against rain and road grime if the vehicle is properly maintained.
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I daily/wheel it in snow mud sand whatever is in front of me.
I don't clean if off all the time.
No problems with rust.


I think it's a matter of climate only.
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I don't know how that is possible...it has nothing to do with climate- climate is temperature. Rust has to do with oxidation which is a chemical reaction to elements it is exposed to
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I live in Michigan Rust and I go way back. lol I also use and love fluid film to bad it smells the way it does. I sprayed the inside of my doors in all my vehicles and it does stop or sure does slow down any oxidation..

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