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post #1 of 40 (permalink) Old 02-26-2013, 01:44 PM Thread Starter
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Bed Rusting Again!!!

I'm not sure how many people have dealt with rust issues around the bed wheel wells, but I'm dealing with it for a second time and I'm really getting frustrated. Let me explain.

My truck is a 2001 that I bought used in March of 2003 with 21k miles. In the summer of 2006 I noticed that rust was starting around the rear wheel wells right in the location where the inner fender and outer fender are attached using that foam adhesive. Ford gave me a song and dance and decided they wouldn't fix it. So in August of 2007 I bought a new 2008 take-off bed thinking I won't have to deal with any rust issues for a long long time. Well just the other day I noticed rust starting to pop through in the same exact location as my old truck bed. Right where that foam adhesive is. I can't believe that this has happened twice both times right around the 5-5 1/2 year mark. This is unbelievable. I know I live in the rust belt of America, but come on!! I take very good care of truck and this is just unacceptable. Is this a common problem with everyone else? It can't be just me, can it? I was planning on getting a used '09 or '10 superduty in the next year or two but I'm thinking I will just have the same problem again. I'm just very frustrated and disappointed that I can't get more than 5 years out of a truck before it starts rusting like that.

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post #2 of 40 (permalink) Old 02-26-2013, 02:28 PM
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Thats why we work. To keep buying new vehicles because they put so much salt and liquid calcium down so that Harry Home Owner can go shopping when there is a full blizzard going on. They can't get any law suits cause they are putting the salt to it. Remember this, The SALT MONSTER eats till there is no more steal to eat. The dealerships love it cause sales stay right up there. My motto is keep it out of the salt and it won't rust.
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The only thing you can do is undercoat the living crap out of the underside of your bed

LineX (or a different good bed liner) around the outside of your truck helps as well.

I also know of people putting lariat fender flares on or chrome rings and undercoating under them and then greasing under them to hind the rust and stop any more from comming

My dads 2007 is starting to rust and i already replaaced the bed on my 01 it sucks living in ohio

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Re: Bed Rusting Again!!!

Ours has been rusting for the past 7 years, its an eyesore but we just let it go cause a new bed is a little to pricy just to fix a little rust spot in my opinion.

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Re: Bed Rusting Again!!!

The ONLY way to stop it is to
Remove the inner wheel well.
Sandblast all the rust away on the back of the bedside and inner wheel well(before you have rust on the outside).
Make DRAIN HOLES in the inner wheel well
Paint the inner wheel well and back side of the bed skin.
Then GLUE the inner wheel well back in.

NOW you can WASH up in there and the dirt, SALT and water will drain out

UNDERCOAT is the WORST thing you can do. all that crap does is TRAP MOISTURE against the panel and rot it out while you cant see what is going on till you have holes

Another thing to worry about is the cross members on the SD beds. I like to sandblast the ENTIRE underside, POR15 then topcoat with tractor paint




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you under coated your bed with por15 but say not to under coat your bed because it traps moisture. How does that work?

btw i like the hole idea

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PAINT is NOT Undercoat

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What's the difference between paint and undercoating, when I say undercoat I mean use por15 or 395a

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Undercoat is Undercoat.
It sticks better to itself, than it does to the surface it is going on . Get one pin hole in it and the moisture gets in and cannot get out. It will lift, allowing More moisture in and more rust to occur. Very similar to powder coat. Ever see a powder coated snow plow that is about 5 years old? VS a snow plow that is JUST painted? The painted one is in MUCH better shape. It may have Surface rust, but not ROT

Paint on the other hand, if it get a pin hole in it will lift and PEAL off allowing the moisture OUT and you can see the "bad" spot and touch it up.

I used to cringe when I worked at dealers and someone paid to have their new 30k vehicle undercoated. 5 years later you would see ROT all over yet the car that were left alone were JUST starting to rust

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well i 395a everything on my truck so im golden

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