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Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Hayduke, Jul 28, 2001.

  1. Hayduke

    Hayduke 1/2 ton status

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    hey there all,
    here's the thing, here in ohio vehicles rust if not kept in a garage and run thru mud, bla-bla-bla. needless to say the rust has started on my 86, not bad though, some in the bed, on bedrails, tailgate (of course). so on my poor student budget i'm gonna need to start getting on this and here's my idea that i need a little input on. right now i've got a kayline fastrac on her, which i may just leave on all year round now b/c the hardtop is ugly/heavy. i'm wanting to take a day or three and pull out all the damp smelly carpet, find any rust areas and sand 'em down, i'm even gonna pull off all the fastrac parts and sand/paint if needed, just gonna use rustoliem (sp?) rattle-cans. do the front floor, bed, bedrails, top of cab, etc. paint fastrac parts and reinstall everything then throw in rubber floor mats front to rear (LMC). should i spend some $$ and do this or is the rust (cancer) gonna get her anyway? my rig is a daily driver and will be for maybe another couple years, straight body, rust is starting, tired 305, etc. etc. etc. i want this rig to become my project when i'm not driving her every day, until then the 32's sling all the mud i need them to...worth it? opinions on leaving the soft top on year-round? any ohio input would be straight too!
    sorry for the ramble...
    thanks and peace.
    HAYDUKE

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  2. outlaw612

    outlaw612 1/2 ton status

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    First of all, Im from IL so I know all about the rust! If youre planning on keeping it for any time, I would use POR on any rust to keep it from spreading. With primer(rustolium), you need to completely remove the rust or it will come right back. POR is a little pricey, but its better than holes in the floor!
     
  3. BlazerBoy

    BlazerBoy 1/2 ton status

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    hey Outlaw where are you from in IL.??

    BlazerBoy
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  4. BurbinOR

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    One other thought...........go to Ziebarts (got mine done in Youngstown/Boardman a couple of years ago when I lived in New Castle, PA) and have that darn thing undercoated.

    The salt in winter is what gets em..............not much you can do about it. Everytime it snows and they salt, spray off the rig...........if you can.

    <font color=blue>'79 ONE TON TPI K5 - See it at---&gt;<a target="_blank" href=http://www.blazzinor.alloffroad.com>www.blazzinor.alloffroad.com</a>
     
  5. outlaw612

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    How much did you pay to have yours under coated?
     
  6. outlaw612

    outlaw612 1/2 ton status

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    Im in Urbana
     
  7. BurbinOR

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    Paid about $190 if I remember correctly..............they did a good job.

    <font color=blue>'79 ONE TON TPI K5 - See it at---&gt;<a target="_blank" href=http://www.blazzinor.alloffroad.com>www.blazzinor.alloffroad.com</a>
     
  8. Can Can

    Can Can Pusher Man Staff Member Super Moderator

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    The only problem about undercoating is that it may trap any rust that's hiding and eventually the rust will surface and push through the undercoating. I agree with outlaw- POR15 actually bonds with the rust and basically undercoats at the same time. It does cost quite a bit and requires some intensive prep work(removing all the loose rust and degreasing the area you're treating), but I have seen formerly rusty undercarriages treated with the stuff that still look perfect 5 years later. Once the POR15 cures it remains tough-as-nails........

    If you're going to go to all the trouble of dismantling your truck and aren't scared of a little elbow grease, go with POR15.



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  9. Hayduke

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    i was thinking of going the por15 route, see what the $$ situation is like, do you think i'd be making a bad choice if i leave the kayline on year-round? i just can't see taking the fastrac system on and off again every year, kinda keep opening her up to more rust?
    thanks.
    peace.
    HAYDUKE

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  10. outlaw612

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    I dont have any personal experience, but I dont see what it would hurt, Heeps run softtops year round with no probs.(Othere than the security issue). Personally I would like to get one and I would run it year round.
     
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    Taking off/leaving on the top won't have any effect on rust. If it is there, it is there and going to spread. I ordered 2 quarts of Eastwood's Corroless (I only needed one) and I coated the entire floor of my Blazer with the stuff. I have been running it without a carpet for the last few months and did so without a top. It has rained on it a couple of times and the stuff seems to work really well. You are supposed to paint it over the existing rust and it will stop the rust and prevent it from spreading. It chemically bonds to the rust so it stops it. Each quart was 25 bucks. Like I mentioned, I only needed one, but you may have to use more than I did. My rust problem wasn't too bad. It seems to be pretty strong. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. (I will be in Cancun for a week startng tomorrow though--YEEHAW!)

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    I would definetly go the por15 route... that is what I did on mine because it is from salt free SD. Here in MN we use salt like McyD's on their fries. I recommend putting the por15 on both sides... inside the truck and under it. Use their metal ready product to help nueteralize the rust you do have... it will leave a nice zinc coating on after it dries. You also may want to get some cheap undercoating that comes in the small aerosal cans and after the por15 dries hit the underside again to cover any spots you didn't quite get and add an addition coat of protect. The 190 Zebiert coating sounds like a sweet deal as well.

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  13. riz

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    <font color=purple> Hey, Mikey........Where'd you get your POR-15 ?
    I'm going to get everything real good with it while it's all apart.


    L8r,
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  14. outlaw612

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    POR has a web site,

    www.por-15.com

    Sorry, I dont know how to make it clickable.
     
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    ...but I do.

    www.por-15.com

    <font color=purple>L8R..

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  16. 84_Chevy_K10

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    I live in Illinois too. I'm in the Lasalle/Peru area.

    Tim
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  17. dyeager535

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    Rinse your truck off after mudding and running in the winter. Probably using salt on the raods, and water trapped by mud don't help either. Regular washing with clean water will keep rust down to a minimum.

    I'd go with POR-15 myself. Spray can stuff usually sticks ok, but POR-15 is superios in adhesion to any spray can stuff I have ever used, hammerite, rustoleum, you name it.

    Dorian
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