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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-19-2018, 07:04 AM Thread Starter
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Rust elmination and prevention

Going to start cleaning the rust from under my 2000. So what does everyone use? Was thinking wire brushing, then some type of chemical for rust, then painting under the truck. All input welcome.

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Re: Rust elmination and prevention

Man, if you're wanting to wire brush it you're going to be there for a long time. That sounds terrible.

I'd probably just paint over it.

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I'd probably brush off any loose stuff, use a rust converter and then paint over thr top. That's the plan for my 2001
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Re: Rust elmination and prevention

i pressure wash any large stuff, then spray once or twice with ospho. once the rust area turns flat black, i prime with rustoleum industrial red oxide primer and finish coat with rustoleum industrial semi gloss black.
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Going to start cleaning the rust from under my 2000. So what does everyone use? Was thinking wire brushing, then some type of chemical for rust, then painting under the truck. All input welcome.

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I recently started something similar on my 2008 F350. Granted, it's only ten years old, but that's long enough for surface rust to form on all the steel suspension parts. I started off by putting the truck up on jack stands and removing the wheels and tires. This makes it easier to access all the nooks and crannies. I sprayed a rust removal chemical on all the rusty parts, then let it sit for 30 minutes. Afterwards, I pressure washed everything I could reach. I let it drip dry for a hour or so before going back underneath with a couple of cans of brake cleaner. Don't buy the name brand stuff for this task, because you're going to use a lot of it. Scotchbrite green pads and terry towels help remove any stubborn rust and/or grease and oil. This is key for proper paint adhesion. Make sure to wear eye protection when under the vehicle to keep dirt and chemicals out of your eyes. Also, nitrile gloves are crucial to protect your hands from the harsh brake cleaner. After all surfaces are scrubbed down, blast or "rinse" one last time with brake cleaner. Let dry for several hours to be sure there is no residual water in the cracks and crevices. I hastened the process with a big shop fan. For recoating, I used VHT Chassis and Roll Bar paint in gloss black. It is also available in satin black if that's your thing. Spray everything you want to protect being careful not to get any paint on your brake rotors. Keep a can on hand for occasional touch ups here and there. The key is to stay ahead of rust a little at a time and not let it get out of hand. Here's some pics of the finished product. You can easily see the difference between what I treated and what I didn't.
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