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Old 08 February 2005, 21:54   #11
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Is this rusting happening because the affected parts are being put in the sea during launching or is it just the proximity of the vehicle to the sea.

The reason I ask is that I only let my tyres go in the sea. I use a rope when I can't launch the boat without the car getting wet. I don't let the wheels or bodywork get splashed. I can't see any signs of rust but my vehicle isn't 3 years old yet.

My friend who sometimes launches me has a ten year old Toyota Hilux Surf which he doesn't care about getting saltwater on. It regularly gets dunked up to the exhaust and is showing very little sign of rusting. It hasn't failed an MOT either and he's been doing this with that particular vehicle for 3 years now.
The difference is obvious.

Your friend has a Toyota and I have a Mitsubishi!!

But seriously, its sometimes unavoidable to avoid getting water under the back of the car. Our local slip is so shallow that to get the outboard touching the water, the back tyres more or less have to be in the water. all it takes is a small wave and that means the rear body is dunked...

launching to surf beaches from the sand is even worse.

I wish i had gone for the ten year underbody protection now...
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Old 09 February 2005, 06:10   #12
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The difference is obvious.

Your friend has a Toyota and I have a Mitsubishi!!

But seriously, its sometimes unavoidable to avoid getting water under the back of the car. Our local slip is so shallow that to get the outboard touching the water, the back tyres more or less have to be in the water. all it takes is a small wave and that means the rear body is dunked...

launching to surf beaches from the sand is even worse.

I wish i had gone for the ten year underbody protection now...
Easy solution - protect it yourself!!!

There are various ways but one of the easiest and best I have come across is a product called Acrypol - it is a roofing sealant that can even be usesd on a wet roof. You can buy it from Selco and other trade places - a large tin is about 35 and there is enough to do 2 Range Rovers.

Ideally you need to scrape off and wire brush any loose rust. slap the stuff on really thick - careful because it stinks and is really messy! When it has dried spray waxoyl underbody seal over the top.

Did my mates Rangie 3 years ago and it still looks like new underneath!
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Old 13 February 2005, 17:58   #13
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Easy solution - protect it yourself!!!

There are various ways but one of the easiest and best I have come across is a product called Acrypol - it is a roofing sealant that can even be usesd on a wet roof. You can buy it from Selco and other trade places - a large tin is about 35 and there is enough to do 2 Range Rovers.

Ideally you need to scrape off and wire brush any loose rust. slap the stuff on really thick - careful because it stinks and is really messy! When it has dried spray waxoyl underbody seal over the top.

Did my mates Rangie 3 years ago and it still looks like new underneath!
yup, thats my next step.. waxoyl is hard to come by down here, but i have got some rust converter, some anti rust paint/hammerite and some fish oil for inbetween...
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Old 14 February 2005, 05:45   #14
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Why not save yourselves all the time an effort and use that reveloutionary bit of kit called a rope.

This amazing invention means I can recover a 6m ribtec with a 1.9 ltr diesel golf on practically any slipway!

No rust, no clutch issues and no tyre problems. (except that they only last 10k on the road anyway)

A true amazing invention.

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