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Old March 31st, 2011, 09:34 AM
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So I replaced the bottom protector when I replaced my rear door due to rust. I did this like 1 year ago. Take a look at this!! I am having a water leak in the back of the truck that I think I have finally found so some water was getting under this part.....but I didn't expect to see this.

Does anyone just run without this protector?
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Old March 31st, 2011, 09:45 AM
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Its the damn salt. When I replace parts that tend to rust like this, I usually strip them to bare metal on a blasting cabinet then paint them in Zinc rich or weld through zinc primer, them some rustolem in any color.

As long as they part does not get the finish rubbed off this works really well.

http://www.amazon.com/Dupli-Color-Pa...sr=1-1-catcorr


For parts that like to flex (coil springs ect) I strip to bare metal and then spray them with plastidip. This is a rubber like coating that works awesome. IT looks great on trim pieces too and will hold up to some abrasion. Comes in red black and blue. By the can.
http://www.amazon.com/Plastic-Intl-1.../dp/B000LNOOEO

------ Follow up post added March 31st, 2011 09:49 AM ------

If you ever want to strip small parts ive got a blasting cabinet btw, feel free to come use it

ive got glass bead for alu and alu oxide for steel
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Old March 31st, 2011, 11:03 AM
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Thanks for the great advice. I might just not replace it.

Thanks for the offer of the blaster.
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Old March 31st, 2011, 11:13 AM
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The salted roads here in VT eat though all steal parts. If I can save the part I sand blast and use POR15 , and top coat with any UV enhanced finish paint. If it is too far gone, I remake the piece out of heavier galvinized sheat stock steel or replace with aluminum , and POR15 coat and top coat. I refuse to put any steal parts back on only of my rigs without completley encasing in POR15.
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Old March 31st, 2011, 11:25 AM
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Do I even need to keep this piece installed. I was thinking of just putting weather stripping along the bottom of the door to keep it sealed tight.

------ Follow up post added March 31st, 2011 03:25 PM ------

What if I stripped it to bare metal and rinolined.
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Old March 31st, 2011, 11:47 AM
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Ditch the carpet on the rear floor and it will stop rusting so much. Water on the carpet is the real issue you are having as that part never dries. Find someone with an ST mat that the sides are shot and cut them off and put the center part down instead of the carpet.
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Ditch the carpet on the rear floor and it will stop rusting so much. Water on the carpet is the real issue you are having as that part never dries. Find someone with an ST mat that the sides are shot and cut them off and put the center part down instead of the carpet.
Thanks Ron,

I did just take the carpet out and am going to leave it out. I also have the load mat so that works. What are your thoughts on just not re-installing it?

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