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Was wondering if I should get my truck undercoated. I have heard conflicting ideas about this, that the new trucks dont need it and it could actually make the truck rust faster, and I have also heard to do it. So what do you think? Did you undercoat your truck and if so how much did it cost and where did you get it done?
Thanks for you opinions in advance...
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I live in the north east and as you may know ,the township loves to spread that dam salt like if there's no tommorow. I have had 3 vehicles undercoated in the past 25 years and have nothing bad to say about doing it to my cars except for the mess. Each car is different because of the space between the parts on the undercarrage and you may have to cover up some parts before having it done.. Last month was the first time I had it done to a truck and my only advice is to make sure you get someone responsable who can cover up your rims ,exaust tranny, engine , rear and leaf springs. My biggest problem was the overspray on to my exaust and mags. Don't undercoat your suspention cause it will squeek. If you live in areas like mine your truck is prone to rust more than in the warm sothern states. Up here it is worth it . Dodge only gives the 3/30k rust warrenty and I assure that the undercoat goes way beyound that. Some guys are against it but I beleave in preventive maintanace. And no it does not make it rust faster. The undercoating I used was of tar/sylaconebase and there is no way any type water or other elements were getting past it. My 25 year old crown vic still has its undercoating and has zero rust in the areas covered.Hope this helps
i agree with eds2003ram, if you live in an area that is prone to rust then you should get it done. with me being in oklahoma theres no need for it. i have a 87 k5 blazer and it has hardly any rust on it at all
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I did it myself on my new Ram. I did it more for sound and because I could.
It does make me feel all warm and fuzzy that I did all that I could on a new $40K+ truck. Its been about a year now and it still looks new under the truck. I live in the Central Pa and the salt and cinders are spread by the ton per square foot.
I did on mine also. I live in northern IN where we get lots of lake effect snows, plus I drive an hour North where the truck gets blasted all the way by LOTS of salt--continuously. I feel that if there is anything I can do to help my truck survive the weather here, I'll do it. I had it done before I picked it up, and then checked and touched up 6 mos later. So far---so good
I have heard too many people say that if water gets under the undercoating, rust starts and very quickly spreads. Plus if the undercoating is applied over a bit of moisture or dirt that can also cause rust. I never had it done only because I get a new truck every 3 years.
If it is done on a truck that is clean and dry, there wont be any issue with water under the undercoating. Thats pretty hard to get water under a spray-on under coating. I will suggest you do it in the summer heat and it will be a fun and easy project.
That is true about getting it done when the weather is dry and make sure you steam wash or powerwash the underside before you get it done. Also wait till it's dry. Just remember , the warenty is only for three years ,and if you are keeping the truck for a lnger period of time , do it. I hope to keep mine till it falls apart, in about 20 years.
Mine was done for me before I even picked it up at the dealership. It was part of their protection package that they threw in for free for me. The did the undercoating and the rust inhibitor. I live in Alberta Canada though, so pretty much anyone who wants to keep their vehicle as much rust free as possible has it undercoated.