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When to get fluid film applied?

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by fgeorge097, Jul 29, 2018.

  1. Jul 29, 2018 at 9:25 AM
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    fgeorge097

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    Live in eastern PA - wondering when the best time is to get applied?

    Should it be applied in the dead heat of summer to let it settle in?

    Or in the fall, a couple weeks before snow season approaches?

    Also, do I have to keep the truck inside for a few days while the fluid film is settling in? I am not sure if it rains, if that will have a negative effect on the application.

    I have been through many of the threads on this and there does not seem to be consensus.
     
  2. Jul 29, 2018 at 9:28 AM
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    Vbpiper

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    I'm no expert, but I apply it in the fall. I don't think there is a need to park the truck after application. Rain shouldn't wash it off easily. Plus, parking it in the garage will definitely give the garage an "aroma" for a week or two.
     
  3. Jul 29, 2018 at 9:29 AM
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    I apply right before they salt the roads so it lasts through the winter
     
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    I usually try and apply in the fall, say October or so, but I also hear of some who apply spring and fall, which I've considered. I don't see any point in leaving it set inside for any amount of time, I just get right back to using the truck. It never really solidifies, it stays a bit goopy, but I'm pretty liberal in my application of it. You'll smell it burning off the exhaust system for a while at stop lights, but I kinda like the smell. Really make sure you get the parts of the frame behind the front wheels and at the joint to the crossmember right there that part seems to take the most abuse.
     
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  5. Jul 29, 2018 at 9:36 AM
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    I apply twice a year, rust and humidity also happens in the summer- it’s not just the salt. Apply it ASAP and repeat in 6 months
     
  6. Jul 29, 2018 at 10:03 AM
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    So, apply now, then again in January/February?

    The installer said they would give me a 'touch-up' for a cheaper price...Maybe I should get the full installation now and then the touch-up in Jan/Feb?
     
  7. Jul 29, 2018 at 10:35 AM
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    If you are a DIYer at all, it's not difficult to apply it yourself. I'm probably (quite a bit) older than you, and I suppose I could have someone else do it, but I enjoy these projects. Somewhere on TW there is an excellent how-to thread I will try to find.
    Edit: Here it is, in case you have not seen it:
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/how-to-fluid-film-your-3rd-gen.455241/
     
  8. Jul 29, 2018 at 10:38 AM
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    Buy 2 cans at Lowes... very easy to spray- look up other rusted Tacoma’s and you get a good sense or where’s it needs to be applied (main focus on the entire frame)

    Wear a painters mask and goggles and you’re golden
     
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  9. Jul 29, 2018 at 10:40 AM
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    In my opinion, once per year should be enough.
     
  10. Jul 29, 2018 at 10:41 AM
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    I used 6-7 cans! :eek: But I did inside the lower portion of the doors, in the tailgate, around all the fenders, etc. The flexible extension that fits into the spray cans is terrific for getting into the boxed sections of the frame, etc.

    https://www.amazon.com/Fluid-Film-S...spray+wand&dpPl=1&dpID=41kqpPKR8RL&ref=plSrch
     
  11. Jul 29, 2018 at 10:44 AM
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    It’s funny because I couldn’t stand the smell when I first used fluid film. Now I like the smell too. I use at least 4 cans when I apply it.
     
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  12. Jul 29, 2018 at 10:45 AM
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    I figured if I went for the twice a year thing I'd do Octoberish then Aprilish. Don't worry too much. I think once a year would probably be enough if you get the truck new and apply every year as a preventative, never should see rust. But I got my truck after it had already seen 6 unprotected northeast ohio winters so there's some rust under there but it's not too bad. Just want to ensure it doesn't spread.
     
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  13. Jul 29, 2018 at 10:45 AM
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    You like the smell???? You need help. :D
     
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  14. Jul 29, 2018 at 10:47 AM
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    I just buy it by the gallon and use a bunch. I do inside of the boxed portions with Eastwoods rust encapsulator. Saw that on a thread here and went with it. Not sure if it's any better or worse than fluid film for that application.
     

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