To all the Canadians...and other winter drivers

  1. captinbakslap

    captinbakslap Member

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    Hi, I just got a new Civic Si couple weeks ago. It's my first new car ever (I'm middle aged) and I'm in love with it. That being said, I've never really cared about rust control on a vehicle until now. Does anyone have any tips or tricks they use to prevent rust. Undercoating, rustproofing??? I'll store in my garage but be driving it in the winter. Let me know. Thank you!!
     
  2. Old George

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    I don't know how much salt is being spread in Toronto.
    Here, the streets are all white even when the snow has smelted and the vehicules lift white salt dust.
    My SI has passed 2 winters and i dont see any rust. The secret?
    1- A good wax before winter as Meguiars Ultimate ( at Canadian Tire store )
    2- Rustproofing
    3- Frequent rinsing with water, insisting in the wheel arches
    I wish you to keep it as good as new for a long time.
    Enjoy your SI !
     
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    captinbakslap

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    thanks for the advice!
     
  4. Gotch

    Gotch Senior Member

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    Get a dedicated set of snow tires. I have Blizzak WS80’s which where great last winter. 225/45/17. Michelin x-ice also good had them on my 9th gen. I also got my car Krown last summer.
     
  5. 69L46Vert

    69L46Vert Senior Member

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    Lots of people here in Maine are using Fluid Film. It will wash off where there is a lot of splash but if done thoroughly the first time, an annual touch up will refresh it nicely. I've applied it myself on several cars/trucks and it has held up very well. Not that expensive...about $40.00 gal. US. I bought the gun. Haven't done my civic coupe yet but plan to before cold weather. Some towns here use liquid calcium chloride and it's a g/dam death sentence for your car. The civic has a lot of protection with all the covers under there. Cripe, the first time I looked at mine on the lift I thought it looked like the bottom of a boat.
     
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  6. scottEXT

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    Buy the rust coating at the dealership.
    10yr warranty on any rust.

    I have a 15yr old srt4 I beat the shit out of in the winter and never washed.. zero rust.

    About $1200.00 but crown is $120 and going there... after about 8 years pays for itself with time saved as a factor
     
  7. Jayceegee

    Jayceegee Senior Member

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    Comes with 5 year factory warranty. Appears you have plenty of time to make a decision.
     
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  8. LanceSI-10thgen

    LanceSI-10thgen Senior Member

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    From what I understand, all cars is rust-proofed coming off the assembly line as it does not choose where it's final destination it will go (may it be a sunny state or a wintery kind of state). Those rust-proofing options from the dealership have killer prices but is downplayed to be included in your monthly payment for a "small amount to add". Would you really trust the dealership if they will actually "add" that coating? I bet you will not even know the difference even if they volunteer to show you "after" it was applied. But, your decision to make. I have been in Illinois for 15 years now and three cars since without any rust issues from just wear. The rust I encountered from my cars are a result of unattended body scrapes, stone chips that have exposed the metal etc without putting any repairs to it. Just my 2 cents.
     
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    The rust coating is a pretty thick black spray. Can’t miss it. And free touch ups for 10 years. So you get in inspected. It’s the best method in my opinion
     
  10. mc21

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    Yah its an oil based spray, they are by far the best. It's why known has been in business forever.
     
  11. Bluecoupe777

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    If you have a pressure washer you could purchase an undercarriage cleaner attachment off amazon.
     
  12. A2typeR

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    The best way to avoid rust is to lease...

    The best way to prevent rust is lots of car washes in the winter depending on where you live.
     
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