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Old 06-18-2005, 03:46 PM   #1
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Default Washing undercar....

I took the power house under the car today and noticed that most of the sticky stuff fell off the A(L) arms and another piece under the car.... Should I be concerned about it....
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Old 06-18-2005, 09:31 PM   #2
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That is cosmolean (spelling?) used in shipping. The yellow looking stuff. you should be fine, but anything that helps protect the metal is a good thing.

I cleaned off the underside and sprayed some undercoat along the bottom of the car. Some of the metal was essentially not covered by the limited factory undercoat. Now the underside looks clean and all black.
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Old 06-18-2005, 10:22 PM   #3
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What undercoat should I use? I am going to clean it as good as possible and them apply some good stuff, but I want something that sand or debree is not going to get stuck to it......
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Old 06-20-2005, 02:01 PM   #4
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If you really want to go all out, you should think about using the rhino lining that truck beds use. Spray can undercoating comes off way too easily if you use strong cleaning chemicals or powerful pressure washers...
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Old 06-20-2005, 04:20 PM   #5
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good idea with the bed liner stuff. I used a can of that stuff on the Baja's underside and a can of undercoat but getting the better quality stuff would be optimal.

What about roofing tar?
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Old 06-20-2005, 05:44 PM   #6
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Another point to consider... from experience. I live in the land of 5 to 6 months of winter... also known as the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where road salting is common practice.

Getting too much undercoating can also be a problem. As the undercoating ages it dries out and can chip or crack. It may or may not come off, but it sure does a great job of trapping moisture behind it thus causing rust to develop when you cannot see it. A few of my previous vehicles rusted due to this problem. I am currently of the opinion that the factory has provided a decent amount of undercoating. If I keep it clean as often as possible it is not going to rust out. So far this theory seems to be working best for me. My 98 Outback is in great shape and I am hoping that my 03 Baja will last well too.
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Old 06-20-2005, 09:25 PM   #7
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Thanks Yooper -- first hand experience is good advice!
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Old 06-22-2005, 10:16 AM   #8
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I was thinking on keeping the actual suspesion and actual thick metal pieces that are painted black as clean as possible with no undercoating stuff. My VW is old old old; I clean it often and those parts are fine with no undercoating.
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