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Old 02-04-2013, 01:10 AM   #1
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Default Anyone ever use neutral shoe polish as under body protectant?

I was using kiwi neutral shoe polish this weekend as a release agent for working with jb weld. I noticed it is the same consistency as the waxy underbody coating that is used by Subaru and a complete nightmare to remove once dried. I might try using it next spring after I clean up the underbody of my 02.
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Old 02-04-2013, 03:25 AM   #2
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you are kidding, right????

shoe polish......under the car....as protectant

this is one of the strangest things i have seen posted here, ever.

even if you could figure out a way to apply it to such a large area....maybe you could melt it and spray it on hot...... you would need dozens and dozens of cans

if you are this ambitious and want something that is MADE specifically for this purpose....there are several products i would buy and use and forget shoe polish

I would use LPS3 and forget shoe polish

http://www.lpslabs.com/product_pg/co...n_pg/LPS3.html
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:08 AM   #3
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you are kidding, right????

shoe polish......under the car....as protectant

this is one of the strangest things i have seen posted here, ever.
Ya....I would have to agree.
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Old 02-04-2013, 12:54 PM   #4
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I should have been more specific, I know that it isn't very feasible to apply this to the entire underside of a car. I was thinking more so for the sub frames and exposed parts of the suspension such as the control arms. I have used that LPS stuff before and it is nowhere near as thick as the oem wax undercoating that subaru uses.

Subaru's service manual spells out the spots under the car that is uses Bitumen wax as a rust preventative. I think that the shoe polish is carnuba.

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Old 02-04-2013, 01:52 PM   #5
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I should have been more specific, I know that it isn't very feasible to apply this to the entire underside of a car. I was thinking more so for the sub frames and exposed parts of the suspension such as the control arms. I have used that LPS stuff before and it is nowhere near as thick as the oem wax undercoating that subaru uses.

Subaru's service manual spells out the spots under the car that is uses Bitumen wax as a rust preventative. I think that the shoe polish is carnuba.
I simply don't believe the shoe polish would be up for the task. Reapplication would be necessary far to often to justify any small benefit using a shoe polish would offer...and I can't think of any. Your best bet is to get something dedicated to this purpose.
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I simply don't believe the shoe polish would be up for the task. Reapplication would be necessary far to often to justify any small benefit using a shoe polish would offer...and I can't think of any. Your best bet is to get something dedicated to this purpose.
I am going to try it on a few different spots and probably the front control arms. We will see if it works or not, Like I said in my first post this crap is VERY hard to get off once it dries, and is the exact consistincy of the wax spots already under the car. It took me an hour to remove 4 square inches of it on my project over the weekend.
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I am going to try it on a few different spots and probably the front control arms. We will see if it works or not, Like I said in my first post this crap is VERY hard to get off once it dries, and is the exact consistincy of the wax spots already under the car. It took me an hour to remove 4 square inches of it on my project over the weekend.
Interesting, well keep us posted. Hope it works out, it would definitely be a cheap alternative.
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Or you can upgrade to aluminum control arms.. Problem solved and you get more caster
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