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Old 04-04-2006, 06:37 PM
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Car vs. Saltwater and sand

I will be moving down to south Texas in a few days, and it rains there often. And its usually salty rain since the gulf of mexico is right there, and there is alot of sand on the roads and blown in the wind.
Is there a wax or someway I can keep the salt and stuff from messing up the paint on my car? When its not being driven it will be parked outside within 100 yards of a boat dock so I can't store it inside.
Do ya'll have any ideas on any good waxes or anything, besides washing it everyday



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I would be more concerned with the salt and sand that gets under and into everything...................Apparently cars near the ocean rust the worse................Sorry about your luck.
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Yeah, Ill probably be going under it with a pressure washer every few days to make sure it stays in good shape. Im thinking about slapping on some POR 15 under it to help it out.



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Actually I have had about the best luck just keeping the scratches painted and washing under the car and the wheel wells and such after drivng on the beach roads. careful inspection gets one a long way with that..might wish to go for some cavity wax to protect insides of chassis and other hard to get at places..other than that keep it dry if you can..

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I live in south Alabama very near the gulf. If you wash and wax your car like most of us do anyway its not a problem. protecting the neglected under carriage is a very good idea and por15 is great stuff! Its really nothing compared to the salt on the road up north in the winter though.
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I disagree about using POR15 for this.
It's meant to encapsulate existing rust. Paint or undercoating will work just as well to seal out moisture. POR15 is designed for applying to existing rust.

The problem is there are places on the car water, sand and dust can get to that you can't get to with coatings or paint. (Without a total dissasembly.)

Wash the car with clean water after it has been exposed to salt. (Whether that be from sand and dust or salt water.) Flush it everywhere possible.

After the car is washed, it is important to get it dry and store it dry. (Tough to do in near the gulf coast.)
I would put the car in the garage after washing and blow fans over it until it is thoroughly dry. And this means under all mouldings, trim and everywhere underneath the car.
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