Rust Proofing 4WDs

I was wondering if anyone has any thoughts on rust proofing 4WDs. I have recently purchased a Nissan Pathfinder and will be taking it on a number of weekend runs on Stockton Beach (NSW, Australia). My concern is rust (and more importantly rust prevention). I have called a number of rust proofing organisations who recommend anything from spray on solutions to things like electronic rust inhibitors. Friends
of mine that have 4WDs suggest to just give a good clean.

Does anyone have any suggestions.

Thanks.
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Reply By: Mike Pavey - Thursday, Feb 01, 2001 at 01:00

Thursday, Feb 01, 2001 at 01:00
John

I will be going to Fraser Island this year and intend to give the underside of the car a goos pasting of fish oil.

Some people bitumenise the inside of their guards as well.
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Reply By: Mike Pavey - Thursday, Feb 01, 2001 at 01:00

Thursday, Feb 01, 2001 at 01:00
John

I will be going to Fraser Island this year and intend to give the underside of the car a good pasting of fish oil.

Some people bitumenise the inside of their guards as well.
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Reply By: ron - Wednesday, Feb 07, 2001 at 01:00

Wednesday, Feb 07, 2001 at 01:00
have been there twice, very hard to stop the cancer if you dont coat the car with something, i had my 4x4 sprayed with endrust proofihg, waited a few weeks then stripped the car down and fish oiled everything. There is a oil station that sprays the under side of the car before you go over there and a wash and oil station when you get back use them and you will not have any rust at all.
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Reply By: paul mery - Tuesday, Feb 13, 2001 at 01:00

Tuesday, Feb 13, 2001 at 01:00
I put an electronic box on my 1991 troopcarrier about 2 years ago. I reckon it is great. We travelled Aus for two years after that and did fraser, Cape york, beach runs etc. Always careful not to run car through salt though. I believe it also helped keep a deep shine in the panels of the vehicle. Still nothing beats washing and polishing the car regularly.
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Reply By: tim - Saturday, Feb 17, 2001 at 01:00

Saturday, Feb 17, 2001 at 01:00
John,
Go to any franchiseed car dealer and they all will have a rustproofing product available with a warranty
if rustproofing does not work the warranty will
electronic boxes also sold by some car dealers are the best product to use
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Reply By: George - Wednesday, Feb 28, 2001 at 01:00

Wednesday, Feb 28, 2001 at 01:00
John, I conduct 4wd training courses on beaches around QLD and was at Stockton and Myall Lakes Beaches last week. Do not stress to much over corrosion with your car, firstly the manufacturing processes used by vehicle manufacturers has most offering a panel guarentee of 5-7 years. This is more than some rust proofers. I do not rust proof my vehicles even though I spend a lot of time on the beaches of Fraser Island and Noosa North Shore. The warranties offered by some rust proofing companies often have a wide range of clauses in the event of a claim. Further some rustproofing compounds dont set and stay pasty causing sand and grit to stay stuck to your vehicle. Although not harmful try and tell that to the person interested in buying your car.

Importantly. Clean the car with fresh clean water, get in under the bonnet, under guards, and all the nooks and crannies. Get right underneath for a good clean out..

Let it dry and do it all again. Be careful of air intake and electrics under bonnet and let engine cool.

Enjoy Stockton it is a great place.

Cheers George
www.4wdtraining.com.au
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