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effect of salt on vehicles?

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by prestige10, May 9, 2010.

  1. prestige10

    prestige10 Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    Hey guys... I havent started spreading yet but will be this year... anyways I was thinking about the effect of salt/liquids on the vehicle.... do any of you guys experience a lot of rusting or anything on your spreading vehicles?
  2. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Fluid Film is your friend.
  3. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    has anyone used those devices you attach to your frame to stop rusting? theorhetically it should work
  4. Quality SR

    Quality SR PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,830

    Theoretically yes, but I know of two people with them, my uncle and myself. They were both installed by the dealer, GM. There not worth it, from what i have seen. My uncles truck rotted out ( lives upstate NY) My uncle paid extra for his. He took pictures of the rust and rot, and sent them to GM. GM paid to have the whole truck undercoated. It was so bad they removed the bed to paint everything.
    My truck had light surface rust, nothing major. I normally take the truck to the car wash after every storm, and spray everything with FF. I took my truck to Line-X in February to have the bed sprayed. I also paid to have the truck undercoated.
    I would wash down the whole truck, including the undercarriage after every storm. And coat it with FF. I think that is the only rust prevention. JMO
  5. Cranky

    Cranky Junior Member
    from Calgary
    Messages: 10


    On an off-side, you might find a wild animal licking the side of your car for the salt.

    Getting me curious, has anyone had something salt lick their vehicle?
  6. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    I had a tree lick my plow once. Not sure if it was trying to get some salt, or what.
  7. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    Yes, why we wash everything with Salt-a-way and coat them with fluid film.
  8. JohnnyRoyale

    JohnnyRoyale 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,935

  9. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    you think that is funny, but we were in Waterton national park, doing some hiking, and when we got back there was a crowd of people watching two goats destroy a rusty old car. turns out the couple who owned the car (i think they were from Ontario) had came back to their car, and these two goats were raming it, and licking at the rust that fell off. 100% true story, i even have pics somewhere of it. By the time a park warden showed up to deal with the goats, the car was a mess, they had to break a window to get into the car. (i always wondered if their insurance would cover something like that)
  10. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,796

    Didn't happen to me but a friend went hunting and parked his truck in their cow pasture and came back to the cows licking all the salt off it.
  11. A.K_Donaldson

    A.K_Donaldson Junior Member
    Messages: 17

    Fuid Film

    How long does a can of fluid film last and is it expensive to buy a case of it? Also ive seen guys using line ex or rhino liner along there rockers and door bottoms and along the bottom of the box and wheel wells.
  12. lilweeds

    lilweeds PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,178

    Fluid film is great. Also wash with vinegar and water as often as possible. The vinegar will neutralize the salt as well as clean any rust that has started off.
  13. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    yes i would highly highly avoid spreading salt with any type of vehical that you vale if at all possible. or atleast use a truck that can be repainted and welded on (aka dump truck) . its a night and day different between a salt truck and a plow truck. it doesnt seem like its doing anythign at first, espcially if you wash it all off. .... but 5 years down the road the evidence will show. all your break lines will begin to rust though, its not just the looks of the truck that start to go bad.
  14. 84deisel

    84deisel Senior Member
    Messages: 697

    I have noticed on our trucks that the wiring takes a heavy hit with salt.
  15. Juice Induced

    Juice Induced Member
    Messages: 30

    Use geomelt 55!

    GEOMELT 55 is an all natural, organic, corrosion inhibitor AND corrosion remover! As a matter of fact, take a look at RUSTBEETER. There are municipalities that coat their equipment's chassis, running gear and wiring harnesses with GEOMELT 55 deicer after each wash. Their results have been positive.

    :waving: Beet JUICE INDUCED
  16. dmontgomery

    dmontgomery PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,238

    That sounds like a Masingil commercial...........lol
  17. dmontgomery

    dmontgomery PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,238

    I have been coating the underside with Fluid Film before the season starts and once in the middle of the season for 5-6 years..... I don't not regularly wash the trucks off after storms. I have very little to no rust.....

    I recommend the bulk FF......instead of the spray cans......it is much thicker
  18. Raymond S.

    Raymond S. Senior Member
    Messages: 513

    how do you go about bulk fluid film. Where do you buy and do you use a handheld sprayer like a chemical sprayer or something? I have cases of spray cans that I use for my mowers and trimmers, etc. but would rather not spend a day emptying spray cans under the truck if ya know what I mean.
  19. dmontgomery

    dmontgomery PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,238

    I use a $20 undercoating sprayer and my air compressor......I buy FF in the 5 gal buckets
  20. m.$terner

    m.$terner Senior Member
    Messages: 178

    how does fluid film work? is it like a paint or clear coat or is it more like a rhino liner kind of material. got my truck up on the lift now so wanting to do some work on the frame why while i can see it really good. it is in pretty good shape but with the salt i dont expect it to stay in such great shape. i noticed lowes sell like undercoat for vehicles frames and such. anybody know the difference between something like that and fluid film? i was just planning on scuffing up the frame and primering and painting, letting it dry and then using some of the truck undercoat spray cans.