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Truck Undercoating???

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by smoore45, Aug 21, 2008.

  1. smoore45

    smoore45 Senior Member
    Messages: 526

    Hey guys, I just got myself a new 08(for plowing of course) and was wondering if I should get it undercoated. I know people that 100% recommend it and others that are dead set against it. I am sure I will get the same varying opinions from this thread, but a few more opinions never hurt. Thanks for the input.
     
  2. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    Undercoat it with Fluid Film.......Maybe Grandview will help you do it too.
     
  3. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,046

    We Fluid Film evrything, that we own. We use bulk but buy 4 cans and get under your truck and go to town, take your tail lights out andspray in there and also spray up your drip holes in your doors. The harder the place to get at, the generally better the place to spray. Anybody that drives there truck in salt and doesn't think Krown, Rust Check or Fluid Film isn't any good, needs there head checked. JMO
     
  4. LawnProLandscapes

    LawnProLandscapes PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,129

    i agree with dave, its definately worth doing especially on a new rig.
     
  5. smoore45

    smoore45 Senior Member
    Messages: 526

    Ok thanks. Maybe that is part of my confusion. I'm not familiar with the different brands or types of undercoating. It sounds like you are recommending an oil based type as opposed to the "tar like" stuff that they do at Ziebart??
     
  6. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

  7. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,046

    Tar like is crap IMO.:drinkup:
     
  8. turbo38sfi

    turbo38sfi Senior Member
    Messages: 289

    Digging up an old post here because I'm buying a new truck and wanting to undercoat it also.

    I've used FF in the past on my plowframe and it doesn't seem to last. If I spray the whole underside of the truck won't it wear off and just need to be reapplied several times a plowseason?? If not, how thick are you guys putting this stuff on so that it doesn't wear off??
     
  9. cfdeng7

    cfdeng7 Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 376

    my buddy uses line-x for undercoating on all his trucks seems to work nice.
     
  10. turbo38sfi

    turbo38sfi Senior Member
    Messages: 289

    Was thinking about that also.
     
  11. capt caper

    capt caper Senior Member
    Messages: 101

    I've always undercoated my truck with Rus-Fre system. Google it. They have a gun to shoot it. Not expensive. This has done well since my first undercoating in 1985. My 08 still looks good underside after 2 years here in Northern NH. You might have to touch up some spots every 2 years under neath from gravel,etc.
    I live on a dirt rode so I need to touch up every year.
     
  12. Eyesell

    Eyesell 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,101

    Fluid Film is good but it's not designed for undercoating your truck as your right, it will wear off, and rather quick.

    I too just picked up a new truck and am considering the undercoating, I'm going to read around a bit more and I'll let ya know what I find out.

    Regards
     
  13. turbo38sfi

    turbo38sfi Senior Member
    Messages: 289

    Gonna use 3M body Schultz.
     
  14. Top Dog

    Top Dog Member
    Messages: 83

    congrats on new king ranch I got 2 a 2008 and a 2009 not sure if you have had one before but MAKE SURE you do the leather treatment every 6 months the one I drive has been done constantly but the other not so much and the steering wheel and glove box lid are starting to look like crap

    good luck !!
     
  15. Dano50

    Dano50 PlowSite.com Addict
    from CA
    Messages: 1,270

    Actually, we do substantial business selling Fluid Film as an undercoating. The advantage of a soft coating over a hard one is that if a hard coating gets chipped, water gets trapped underneath is, leading to more of a problem.

    Fluid Film remains active, migrating to inaccessible areas and protecting from moisture and road salts, even calcium chloride. Because it is a soft coating, it is going to have to be redone every year, or twice a year. Applied in fall, it will get you through a full winter season.
     
  16. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,046

    What do you know.:rolleyes: I agree, for plow vehichles spray it in the fall and again in the spring. Rememeber the hardest to reach places are the places that need it the most.
     
  17. Eyesell

    Eyesell 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,101

    Thanks for the tip, I saw something somewhere that said to treat it every 6 months, what do you use if you don't mind me asking ?

    Is there one particular leather conditioner that is better than the other ??
     
  18. Top Dog

    Top Dog Member
    Messages: 83

    king ranch


    you have to get it from the kingranch website i always get 2 bottles at a time but a bottle will last several treatments plus it gives it that great new smell everytime you do it

    but once it gets soiled its gone and I can not find anything to bring it back do steering wheel ASAP you will thank me
     
  19. capt caper

    capt caper Senior Member
    Messages: 101

    The leather is crap on these trucks..They use the cheap hides fill in the holes,scars,etc. they paint them with a laquar based finish. It will wear thru showing the primer underneath or crack as well.
    If you put conditioner on it won't penetrate into the leather because of the painted finish. Very little goes thru the seam holes.
    I just use a cleaner/conditioner from Walmart when I need to clean the ketchup and stuff off the seats.
     
  20. Eyesell

    Eyesell 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,101

    capt caper, I don't know if the leather is the same or not, I can say this for sure though, I had leather in my last two SD's and this one the leather is definitely heavier, much different feel. I put seat covers on as well as a steering wheel cover, always did in my other trucks.

    I hope this prolongs the life...:eek: