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Old August 6th, 2004, 03:01 AM
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James C
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fix for rust on rear crossmember/bumper

Hello All,

I've noticed a very minor amount of surface rust starting to accumulate on part of the rear crossmember/bumper area of my 90. That's what I get for taking my dog to the beach in the 90!?!?! This is a CA vehicle so we're talking more about discoloration rather than anything really major as I've seen and experienced with Rovers in places where salt is used frequently on the roads.

Based on your experiences, what's the best way to restore the vehicle to a as close-to-original as possible and arrest the rust process. Intitally, based on my other rover experiences, I was thinking about Waxoyl. I'm wondering what others have tried.

Thanks much
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Old August 6th, 2004, 08:18 AM
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David Marchand
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I wouldn't waxoyl the outward facing portion of the rear crossmember or the bumper. Waxpyl stays tacky for quite a long time. It will only take you one experience of leaning up against it in some nice clothes to be very disappointed. Waxoyl would be very good for the inside of the rear cross member. Use their applicator and the hard wax.

I would remove the bumper (very easy), and sand it to remove whatever rust their is. Then use either POR15 or the 3M undercoating product (I can't remember the name). Both are very good. For the bumper, I would either do the same or have it sandblasted and PC'ed again.
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Old August 6th, 2004, 08:38 AM
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I agree with Dave, for a stock look clean up the rust, get some Rustolem rust primer and some Black. This is the stuff I use and it works good:
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