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Undercoating Flaking, Cause for Concern?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by reallifeonhold, Dec 2, 2020.

  1. Dec 2, 2020 at 9:43 AM
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    reallifeonhold

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    I'm going to look at an out of state '04 tomorrow and have asked the seller to perform the hammer test on the frame. He said that some of the undercoating flaked off when tapping on the frame but from the pics he sent the metal underneath looks okay. The hardware looks unaffected and one side of the frame looks great which leads me to believe it may have been an issue with the application of the coating. The truck spent most of its life in snowless areas with the exception of a couple of years in Alaska. Thoughts?

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  2. Dec 2, 2020 at 10:13 AM
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    have them check the coating by the cat
     
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  3. Dec 2, 2020 at 10:16 AM
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    Based on those pictures it doesn't look bad. However, you need to climb all over that thing to see what it's all about.
     
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  4. Dec 2, 2020 at 10:18 AM
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    mine wasn't too bad under either, until the coating came off by the cat and a couple other spots aint never seen before in 2 decades
    two spot i can pit blame on the rack
     
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  5. Dec 2, 2020 at 10:24 AM
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    Agreed, I plan on tapping on every inch of that frame...
     
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  6. Dec 3, 2020 at 2:54 AM
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    If you end up buying get that undercoating off!

    Moisture gets between the undercoating and the frame and in most climates never dries.

    A good coating of sheep fat seems to work wonders.
     
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  7. Dec 3, 2020 at 7:49 AM
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    Thanks for the tip! Do they sell that on Amazon?
     
  8. Dec 3, 2020 at 7:53 AM
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    Pictures are hopeful, personal testing still required.

    As @Wyoming09 says, ditch the 'undercoating' ASAP and go with something like Fluid Film or WoolWax if you live in salt country.
     
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  9. Dec 3, 2020 at 8:52 AM
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  12. Dec 3, 2020 at 9:12 AM
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    there is also a 10% discount the last time but have to order over $50 for the free shipping deal
     
  13. Dec 3, 2020 at 9:15 AM
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    Looks pretty clean. But it's the inside that counts! Absolutely concur on FF or WW or even just oil/grease, anything to stop the rust.
     
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  14. Dec 3, 2020 at 9:22 AM
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    its so sad that the factory taco pee coating is pure BS :(
     
  15. Dec 4, 2020 at 1:49 PM
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    Thanks for all of the input! I ended up picking up the truck; frame was solid all around. Now to get that undercoating off...
     
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  16. Dec 4, 2020 at 2:58 PM
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    Well, where's the pic? Inquiring minds want to know.
     
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  17. Dec 6, 2020 at 9:05 PM
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    More to come after I get 'er cleaned up...

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  18. Dec 7, 2020 at 7:41 PM
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    Very nice!
     
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    Looks good
     
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