I have an 87 fj60 that's starting to rust a bit in the wheel well areas. Water is getting in between the 2 pieces of metal that join in the wheel well. What do folks recommend to seal this area? Caulk maybe? Any particular brand recommended? Thanks
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If your cruiser was one or two years old (which its not) you could slap some tar under seal in the wheel wells and they'd outlast the car. But by now, you've got moisture and rust growing between the sandwiched panels and anything paint-like or tar-like will be a death warrant several years down the line as it rusts from the inside out. The best bet this late in the game is to use a penetrating oil-sealer than can creep deep into the cracks to help slow down the rust. And reapply on a schedule.
Any piece of metal on the cruiser that's in the flow line of some sort of oil leak will get oily then grimey as it builds up a protective layer of oil and dirt. Anything that's grimey will never rust out.
I've tried a lot of things on my cruiser for rust control. The worst thing I found was POR-15, as rust continues under it, and it is not what it claims to be. I painted my entire cruiser in it, thinking it would slow rust down.Thanks for the advice So even if I clean up the rust between the panels with a small wire wheel, you'd still recommend against sealing and just spray with an oil sealant or anti corrosive oil?
I've tried a lot of things on my cruiser for rust control. The worst thing I found was POR-15, as rust continues under it, and it is not what it claims to be. I painted my entire cruiser in it, thinking it would slow rust down.
But now my philosophy with rust is remove as much as you can, then treat the rust with a converter that changes it. Not sure if that truly will work, but might help. I prime and paint with regular rust paint like rustoleum. Nothing fancy.
In wheel wells I also use a rattle can bed liner. But I also use spray oils like Krown.
The metal in a 60 series is thick, but inherent to rust. Must have been recycled or not protected very well. So many seams were made that are bare metal, spot welded together and start rust on day one.
You can find rust free cruisers in southern climates, or deserts. But I think they still have rust but it's rusting very slowly due to the lack of humidity.
I put oil on top of paint in wheel wells.