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RichardFM

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Posted: 02/20/11 07:44pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Another poster mentioned that the black paint peels and rust starts in the areas around the storage bays. That is easily fixed by scraping and applying Rustoleum spray. This weekend I found a major rust problem on the metal bracket which supports the fiberglass panel between the slide out step and the bottom of the door.

The fiberglass panel can be removed by removing three screws and then the metal bracket can then be removed by taking out two screws, one on each end. The bracket has holes for three screws so I will add the third screw when I put it back together. You will probably find that the fiberglass panel is not easily removed from the metal bracket due to the rust and will have to use a 90 degree ratcheting screwdriver to get the bracket off the MH body.

After getting everything apart I scraped the rust off and applied two coats of Rustoleum primer and two coated of the same black Rustoleum that I use around the storage bays.

The rust seems to have been caused by water being trapped in the body area above the bracket and slowly dripping out and keeping the bracket wet. Water ran out when I removed the first bracket screw. I will add drain holes at each end when I put it back togather.


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I'm drawing a total blank on this panel. Are you talking about the extension step under the front door?


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I'm dealing with rust on all of the steel parts under my new 5er (just delivered two weeks ago) from the road salt picked up on the trip to California from Indiana. A response to my post for a "cure" was OSPHO (a rust converter with great reviews). Here's a link. OSPHO


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I found using rubberized undercoating works great on undercarriage areas where the paint is coming off or wearing away. It seals, insulates and quiets while looking good.


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POR-15 works incredibly well for things like this!


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Diplomat Don wrote:

I found using rubberized undercoating works great on undercarriage areas where the paint is coming off or wearing away. It seals, insulates and quiets while looking good.


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SCVJeff wrote:

I'm drawing a total blank on this panel. Are you talking about the extension step under the front door?
The long narrow body panel between the extension step and the door. The back end is part of the right front wheel well.

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I used the Rustoleum Rust Reformer paint (I think that was the name) after scraping and wirebrushing areas of rust, and I thought "that is that". Now, 6 months later, I find the paint has bubbled beneath the paint. I suggeat that doing all that work requires using a better product.

I don't think the rubberized undercoating does more than seal the rust in - rusting is still continuing below that rubber. I would prefer to use undercoating AFTER using something like the POR product.

RE: Winnebago and Itasca. There have been many posts over the years complaining about undercarriage rust forming (even before delivery) of these products. Hopefully, they've improved things at the factory, but owners should check and deal with rust early and often.

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I have a 2004 Itasca and thought the rust was do to living on an Island , Thanks for the idea of under coat.

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Guy Autorino wrote:

Thanks for the idea of under coat.
You have to completely get rid of the rust before you can undercoat. If you don't, it will come back.


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