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Old September 23rd, 2009, 11:43 AM
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winter/salt advice

Hi everyone again, (BTW thanks for the fan advice). I am a D90 newbie and have read pretty much over half this forum. My question is this, my 94 I purchased has some minor rust around the axles etc., frame in good shape etc. I am currently taking a wire brush, then priming and painting the surfaces as best as possible just trying to prevent or slow down decay. I live in Nebraska and will be driving in the salt this winter, I plan on hitting the underside at the car wash frequently. I read lots of threads about the salt etc., really eating the truck up, is this just pretty much dependent upon proper care/maintainence? Or should I avoid it at all costs?
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Old September 23rd, 2009, 12:27 PM
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One of the unique attributes of the Defender it's construction, i.e. it mainly held together with steel fasteners (not a unibody). Typically, most of the rust starts in those areas. Also, the bi-metalic construction leads to corrosion b/t the aluminum panels and the steel structure.

There are two ways to look at this:
1) Avoid salt entirely, buy a daily driver vehicle for the winter/salt season
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2) Rust proof the hell out of it and keep it clean.

If your going for #2, take your time and do it right. Remove all rust/scale down to white metal, prime, use frame paint, and waxoyl. Replace non-load bearing external fasteners with stainless and use nylon washers to isolate SS from the Al.
Where possible, place rubber gaskets b/t the steel and Al. Also, waxoyl the insides of the doors, and where the Al wraps around the steel frame.

The more $$$ option is to galvy everything that's steel, however, galvy steel will rust, it just takes much, much, much longer to happen.

Good luck...

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Old September 23rd, 2009, 12:31 PM
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Yep, lots of Waxoyl and WD40 will go a long way towards keeping your truck nice (if not a bit greasy) for a long time. You can stave off a lot of problems that way and get to the fasteners and stuff as you have the time.
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Old September 23rd, 2009, 12:38 PM
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How many cans (500ml) waxoyl rust inhibitor/hardwax aerosol is required on the underbody of a D90?
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Old September 23rd, 2009, 12:39 PM
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thanks

thanks so much guys, that is what i thought. i did do the wd-40 to slow things down as i get to them. not in a huge hurry to full on restore everything, just cleaning it up to look better and extend the time before full blown redo.
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How many cans (500ml) waxoyl rust inhibitor/hardwax aerosol is required on the underbody of a D90?
I used 6 cans of the hard wax on the frame, axles, and underbody and 8 cans of the 120 clear wax on the bulkhead, doors, frame rails, rear and mid crossmember, and inside the front fenders.

The biggest job is the prep. I ruined 6 pair of coveralls doing the job...

BTW, I removed the entire exhuast system, fuel tank plate, and the mid xmember to get optimum coverage. You will be suprised what's lurking where the mid xmember mounts...
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Old September 23rd, 2009, 12:50 PM
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Regarding prep can we just go to a carwash and have them clean the underbody. Once dry can we start spraying the underbody with waxoyl hard wax and clear wax? Thanks!
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That is the big job. I washed/degreased mine by hand with a series of bristle brushes to clean every nook and crany. Very, very messy...

Like I said, it's all in the prep...
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You really want to steam clean before doing waxoyl. If you really want to protect the truck you are best off paying someone to do the job right. I paid Robison Service good coin to do my d2 and the results were amazing.
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Thanks for the information!

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You really want to steam clean before doing waxoyl. If you really want to protect the truck you are best off paying someone to do the job right. I paid Robison Service good coin to do my d2 and the results were amazing.
How much to have a D90 waxoyled at Robison? Thanks!
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pricing info here: http://www.robisonservice.com/servicedep/waxoyl.asp
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Anyone know where you can get a d90 waxoyled in the Chicago area?
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Old September 23rd, 2009, 10:22 PM
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Anyone know where you can get a d90 waxoyled in the Chicago area?
Call RN...I believe there is a facility in Chi that will do the work...I looked into it years ago, but decided to do it myself...
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