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Old January 3rd, 2007, 09:31 PM
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Rear x member paint

I've noticed a fair bit of rust on the rear x member and will likely paint it over the long holiday weekend coming up. I was thinking about sanding it down, re-priming, and using the spray on bed liner (not professional...kinda like the type you'd get at pep boys/autozone)...anybody else try this with any luck?
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Old January 4th, 2007, 08:48 AM
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chuck unless you do a really good job sanding (sand blasting)all you will be doing is locking the rust in. So the rear cross member will look good but the cancer will take hold.
I recommend sanding, primer and good quality paint .
make sure to clean and sand the back of the cross member. alot of mud and sand accumulates back there and also remove the rear step. Moisture accumulates behind the step and rust the cross member.
This is what my cross member looks like.

I got rid of the rear step and replaced with a SG clone receiver hitch.
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Old January 4th, 2007, 09:51 AM
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Wire brush (preferably on angle grinder)/sand it until no rust, then rust converter spray it, light sanding, epoxy primer, then black epoxy paint. Do not bed line it.
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Old January 4th, 2007, 12:02 PM
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I Rustoleum`d the hell out of mine (flat black) and it looks amazing now.
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Old January 4th, 2007, 07:27 PM
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Por-15, but make sure to use their entire process. If the exterior is that bad, do yourself a favor and drop the tank and blast the inside of the crossmember.
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I used POR15 on mine and it looks great. It's held up great. Like Anthony said, just make sure you do all of the required steps and DON'T get any on your hands or arms. I learned the hard way and had paint all over my hands and arms for over two weeks. There is nothing that can take the stuff off after it dries.
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Old January 4th, 2007, 09:48 PM
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This might or might not work I ran across it, don't know anything other than what it says on the page for getting rid of the rust
http://www.bhi.co.uk/hints/rust.htm
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Thanks for the advice gang. Luckily, I have the factory bumper off already and have a pintle hitch installed. Ah yes, just another multiple weekend project for the rover...might as well replace the flimsy gas tank holder (POS) while I'm at it w/ something more beefy. It's likely rust-o-rific as well.
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