hosing sand out of 4wd interior.

Submitted: Sunday, Feb 06, 2005 at 13:34
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I do a lot of beach driving and want to be able to hose out the inside floor of my troopy . I pulled all the seats out (2 front buckets and rear bench seat) and took the vinyl mats out . This revealed heaps of sand and a little bit of surface rust which i will repair . I definately wont be taking the seats out ever again (too hard), i will just hose it out with them in there .
What do other people do in regards too keeping floor from going rusty/cleaning ?
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Reply By: Member - Chrispy (NSW) - Sunday, Feb 06, 2005 at 14:38

Sunday, Feb 06, 2005 at 14:38
SandGrabba vinyl mats with large up-turned edges - and tap my feet together to get loose sand off my feet as I get back into the car.
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Follow Up By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Sunday, Feb 06, 2005 at 15:44

Sunday, Feb 06, 2005 at 15:44
Yup, I've got the large mats too (as the surf has carpet) and they work incredibally well. I've found the best way to clean beach sand is to not get in the vehicle in the first place !!

The big mats are great, just pickup and shake out, tiny bit get's into the car which the ol vacume takes care of peice of bleep .

As for the back (kids area) all I need is a wave machine and I'll have my very own beech! Answer: Kids learn how a Vaume Cleaner Works. :-)
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Follow Up By: Member - bushfix - Monday, Feb 07, 2005 at 23:35

Monday, Feb 07, 2005 at 23:35
G'day,

I have some excellent (very) deep welled, heavy duty rubber mats from Big W. From memory they are 'Road Gear' brand. Sounds crap but they are a great buy. Think they were around $20 each for front floors.
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Reply By: Mad Dog (Victoria) - Sunday, Feb 06, 2005 at 14:49

Sunday, Feb 06, 2005 at 14:49
I have a little hand brush in the back of the ute for quick cleaning jobs in the bush. At home I use a dust buster or pull out the wifes heavy duty machine. Can't say I'd want to use a hose as the vinyl has felt underneath and if that stuff gets wet it will only promote rust, takes a lot of drying also. Most of my floor is sealed with some bitumen type substance. One thing for sure I'll always try to steer away from carpet, hate the stuff.
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Reply By: Utemad - Sunday, Feb 06, 2005 at 18:32

Sunday, Feb 06, 2005 at 18:32
I pulled all the seats and floor coverings out of my Rodeo and found some sand and very minor surface rust. So I cleaned it all up and sprayed the entire floor with lanolin and then put it all back together.
A few months ago I thought I'd check the floor again (it had been 3 years since last time) so I pulled it apart as per last time. This time I found heaps of sand but absolutely no rust.

I'd recommend you do the same. I also spray lanolin on any metal surface I can find in the ute when I remove a panel to run wires etc.
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Follow Up By: BenSpoon - Sunday, Feb 06, 2005 at 19:20

Sunday, Feb 06, 2005 at 19:20
nothing like a car that smells sheepy-fresh.

not a kiwi by any chance are ya Utemad?
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Follow Up By: Utemad - Sunday, Feb 06, 2005 at 19:31

Sunday, Feb 06, 2005 at 19:31
Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

No pure Aussie. The smell goes away after about 30mins.

However the smell is 100000000000 times better than fish oil.
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Follow Up By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Monday, Feb 07, 2005 at 17:39

Monday, Feb 07, 2005 at 17:39
LOL, yeah I'm a fisholene guy, I do the same as you but with spray on fisholene. But yeah the smell does go away......... Either that or I'm getting used to it and that's why everyones giving me a wide birth...??

:-)
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Reply By: colin - Monday, Feb 07, 2005 at 17:10

Monday, Feb 07, 2005 at 17:10
Hi Glenno, best peice of equipment for a 4by is a 240v compressor of at least 13cfm great for blowing sand out even with carpet also saves on cleaning the dash as u can blow all the vents out as well as the sheep skins, also great around the house no more hosing the drive way just use the comp, also can check own tyre pressures and with a rattle gun makes swapping tyres around a real breeze. Trade tools at zillmere have some really great deals going. Col
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Follow Up By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Monday, Feb 07, 2005 at 17:43

Monday, Feb 07, 2005 at 17:43
Yup I bought a little $99 GMC 2hp 24L compressor for home about 7 months ago... Thought I was spending the money so I could top my tyres up and high pressure clean the car with the staun but there are litterally 101 uses for an air compressor! I even use it for cleaning out my home brew equipment! And blowing out the car works amazingly well I do it with the work car, just PSSSSSS and she's clean! :-)
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