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Folks,

Appologies if this is in the wrong group.

Just bought a 2001 EX (TW) in Ottawa, Canada. I'm now considering rust protection before the salt and snow arrive...

The options are:

- do nothing ( $0 )
- Krown Rust Control ( or similar clear oils ) $115 yearly
- Oil Spray ( $50 yearly )
- Zeibart ( tar based? ) ( $100, yearly )
- Spartan System 2000 ( $700, once )

What should I be looking for? Should I be concerned with firms who drill holes to apply it ( the most expensive package will disassemble the panels, which I'm not too keen on either...).

I usually put 12K km a year on my cars and like to keep them for 10 years or so.

Any help or advice would be appreciated...
 

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I'm exactly in the same situation where I put about 12000 kms/year and would definitely keep the Ody for 10 years or more.

I went for the Diamond Kote brand for Cdn$600 which included paint protection, undercoating, fabric protection and tinting of 2 front windows. The guys that did it for me is located at Doncaster Ave. here in Thornhill, Ontario. They are the same guys that do Town & Country BMW, Sisley Honda, etc. There is an annual inspection. After 4 years, you can have it reapplied if you want to. I can go direct because I know the guys. They do not punch extra holes. They use the existing holes for drainage. If unreachable by their equipment, they would definitely take panels out like the one they did for my Civic SiR escpecially the rear section. But definitely they will not drill extra holes. In our experience with these guys, it's worth the money we paid for and I'm happy with the results.

Anyway, It's really up to you.
 

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Thanks Kuruma....

Is Diamond Kote undercoating an oil or a tar-like substance?

I think I'll call the Honda dealers and see if they'll tell me who does their rustproofing.
 

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It's tar not oil for the underside and the inside panels and engine bay, they used some kind of bee wax (it has a clear yellowish color).
 

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I am a believer in Rust Check brand. It displaces water to creep between any water and the metal, and they have and underbody spray that is self healing - Think Terminator 2 - the black goop will creep back together if you scrap some off.

Personally I do NOT belive this has to be done yearly. I get it done once when the car is new, and with a cash deal it costs $100CDN. If I keep the car I will get it done again 3 years later.

My reasoning:
-Rust happens from the inside where salty water can sit
-Rust check is very difficult to wash off, and nothing is going to scrub it off inside a body panel.
-3years after a single application I have opened panels to find them nicely coated in the pink goop.

That's my $100 worth!
 

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RUST CHECK CENTER
777 Dundas Street West
MISSISSAUGA, Ontario
L5C 3B6
905-566-7878

Here is the website:http://www.rustcheck.com/main.htm

PS - The Mississauga and Bramprton Fire Departments use Rust-Check on their trucks - ever see a rusty firetruck???
 

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Small world...am also from Kanata. Tried Krown but find they're a little pricey ($109). Will bring my vehicle to Nepean Oil Spray ($59)on Bently Rd. Am of the opinion that most oil sprays are the same except for the way they're applied.

2002 RRP EX
 

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Aha... there's the key point -- how it is applied. But how do you know you're not going to get some high school kid doing it.

Have you used the guys on Bently before? I'm more apt to use Krown or Rust check since it is not used motor oil leaking on my driveway for the few days after.

The rustcheck guys say they use special plugs and sealant for the holes they drill -- I know one place my '91 Corolla rusted was around the hole in the driver's door frame where Krown drilled! Then again I only had it applied the 1st 2 years so no wonder it rusted.

Thanks for all the info... I'm still weighing my options ( and the snow hasn't arrived yet...).
 
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