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Question about frame rust

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Robert Smith, Dec 16, 2009.

  1. Dec 16, 2009 at 3:00 PM
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    Robert Smith

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    I have a 2007 Prerunner 4 Dr and live in southwest Georgia. Don't hear anything locally about frame rust. Is this problem mainly caused from salt being put on the roads where it snows? Should I be concerned down here in south georgia and have my frame sprayed? Thanks,
     
  2. Dec 16, 2009 at 3:02 PM
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    Yoytoda

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    i think youll probably be safe... Salt is killer. Salt can turn surface rust to a hole in the frame in one or two winters
     
  3. Dec 16, 2009 at 3:05 PM
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    I know Salt and the poor road conditions up here in the Northeast definitely do contribute to frame rust. As far as the south, I don't think it is that bad. I have an '06 Doublecab 4x4 and when i bought it, used, there was not really any rust at all on mine. But what I did was put it up on a lift at my shop, took the wheels off, sanded the frame and anything else worthy of it, and just applied spray-on undercoating from Autozone. Used a little over 2 cans for everything. WELL WORTH IT. Even though there is less of a frame rust issue by you, spending a few hours and $20 is worth it. Plus, it makes the wheel wells look a lot cleaner :D
     
  4. Dec 16, 2009 at 3:08 PM
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    Yes salt can be a big problem for frames. I would suggest getting under your truck every year and looking for any kind of rust. If you see any, sand it all off, to the frame, then spray some paint on it, wait 15 min then spray again. Or you can use other great products.

    Also do a search, It is located on the upper left, next to New Posts and Quick Links. You will find some good threads on this subject.
    I don't know a lot about getting it sprayed, but I assume if It's sprayed in the right spots it will work good.
     
  5. Dec 16, 2009 at 3:11 PM
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    Yoytoda

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    I wouldnt do that. Products like POR-15 rely on rust to adhere properly. It will stop the rust and turn it into "primer". if you scrape to bare metal there is a chance rust converter/ chassis saver wont stick right.
     
  6. Dec 16, 2009 at 3:12 PM
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    You should be ok dude, unless excessive humidity causes rust issues as well. I mean that's legitimate right. Rust is more of an issue in the snowy climates or if you drive in the ocean, or any body of water I guess.

    But what do i know? All the rust we get here can be easily scraped away

    :tumbleweed:
     
  7. Dec 16, 2009 at 5:40 PM
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    Also if you live near the ocean, the "salt air" is just as bad.
     
  8. Dec 16, 2009 at 5:44 PM
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    I never said anything about POR-15, whatever that is. All I'm saying is, is that he can use black chassis paint.
     
  9. Dec 16, 2009 at 7:42 PM
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    Yoytoda

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    Ive delt with my fair share of rusted ass trucks living way up in the salt belt in NY my whole life. chassis paint is ok but salt will eat through it before spring comes around. the shit people coat their frames with (POR-15) is bad ass tar that sticks to the frame and its resistant to solvents like gas or even acetone. Its bad ass stuff and will keep your frame together. ive got a couple trucks in ny that the bodies are so rusted out you can open the tailgate cause its holding the truck together but... the frame is solid as a rock because of the POR-15 or chassis saver
     
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