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Old 10-25-2012, 10:05 PM   #1
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Rust protection

So, this will be mine and my focus' first winter with snow. I just came out from the West Coast and have never had to worry about rust before. What are some suggestions from you life long New Englanders? I've heard about using the spray on rubber sealant, anyone ever try that? Let me know.


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Old 10-25-2012, 10:17 PM   #2
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You can pick up undercoating spray, its rubberized and prevents rust, just make sure u go over it twice
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Old 10-26-2012, 05:29 AM   #3
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Spray (with water) your under body and any other places that sand and salt can collect regularly. It will go a long way in helping your car last longer.
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Spray (with water) your under body and any other places that sand and salt can collect regularly. It will go a long way in helping your car last longer.
yes regular washing will do wonders, and dont goto a touchless wash, in my experience they dont get salt off very well.

IDK if you have Delta Sonic Car washes in your area but they offer an Unlimited car was package for around $24 a month. You could wash your car every day for a month for that much, and it also gets you a discount on gas too.

EDIT: just looked at DS locations, none in CT sorry
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:49 AM   #5
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It's a losing battle, but regular washes, especially on the underbody will help. There's no way to really stop it unfortunately. It seems newer Focuses are of a much better build quality than the 00-04 cars at least.
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Old 10-26-2012, 11:29 PM   #6
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Someone mentioned using pastidipp on the undercarage. Anyone ever hear of that?
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Old 10-27-2012, 06:02 AM   #7
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^plastidip is similar to an undercoat, so yes.
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Old 10-31-2012, 11:57 AM   #8
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you don't need rustproofing or 'undercoating'... cars' metal is far more resilient against salt and chemicals that cars of just 10 or 15 years ago. Simply go into winter w/ a well waxed car and during the winter keep it as clean as possible --- hand wash preferable but auto car wash when no other alternative. the important thing is to make sure u hose down the underneath , esp the wheel wells and wheel well lips to wash away accumulated mud and salt. When washing make sure u clean the bottom of the doors.. The weld there is a major 'home' for rust starting. I've had a 11 yr old zx3 w/ ZERO rust on it and before that a white excort for 10 years with zero rust by following my recommendations above. good luck.
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i just wash my car a few times a week in the winter.
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get it sprayed with oil... Krown dealers are everywhere in Canada, maybe you have something similar.
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