My little rust tests are far from scientific… I just got a few pieces of steel and applied some different compounds on them and left them down near the beach to see what would happen. I will be using HinderRUST to control rust on my old Land Cruiser from now on. I’m just a guy with an old 4WD truck trying to keep it from dying a rusty death. I want to try to keep the vehicle for as long as I can, and rust control is very important if I am to achieve that dream.
The vehicle sees a lot of salt mist/fog while camping on beaches in Mexico… Hot, Humid, constant salt mist… Tropical corrosive hell to steel… But paradise for me!
When I can roust myself to come up with a coherent and believable customer feedback blog.. I’ll send it you’re way.
Problem is, Customer Feedback on manufacturer’s websites don’t really carry too much credibility… They just seem like another form of advertising … But maybe we can come up with some method to spread the good word.
I was very excited about Eureka Fluid Film, but after using a 12 oz. can on a few spots, and inside a body panel, and 2 doors, I soon discovered that I had contaminated my car with the stuff. The stink from the fluid vapors seem to last forever (2 months and counting so far). Even worse, the smell makes my lungs and throat ache and burn every time I even got NEAR it.
I have since tried to remove as much of the vile stuff as I can, but its impossible to get rid of all of it in the hidden nooks and crannys between body panels where I sprayed it. I still have to open all the windows an hour before I get in the car to try to AIR it out.. and I have to park the car on the street because it stinks up my garage (and makes my lungs burn).… 2 months after application.
Perhaps Fluid Film is “non-toxic”, and I wore a new 3M half-mask organic vapor cartridge respirator when I applied it, but I am obviously very sensitive to it or allergic to the lingering vapors… Maybe its those lambs! I suppose the vapors will dissipate after a few more months so I can drive pain free and park the car back in the garage.. I hope so. The product is used world wide and it has been around forever, so I guess it’s just my sensitivity/allergy to it, as I haven’t heard of other guys having this kind of problem.. Lucky me.
Also, I tried CorrosionX but it is too stinky for my liking as well, though it seems to work for rust control.
Any other compound that is toxic/smelly is instantly off my list.
HinderRUST, as you know, does have an odor (contrary to what the label says) but it is not as strong, not offensive to me, and does not bother me like the others do, and the smell does eventually go away.
I know I am making a big deal about the SMELL of these products. But odors or lack of them are significant. When we are driving in our car, we are living in our car for that period of time. My recommendation to anyone contemplating spraying the entire under-body of their vehicle is: Can You Deal With The Lingering Vapors? The square feet of steel that could be coated under a car by a CPC is perhaps 3X? 4X? the size of the outline of the vehicle… Thats a lot of square feet of wet corrosion oil giving off fumes… and if it bothers you, you’ve got a problem.
Any CPC that dries to a waxy film is off the list. Waxy compounds, in my experience do not work too well when applied to rusting and sort of dirty metal… The rust seems to continue to grow underneath the wax…
Any of the other CPCs that only come in a pressurized aerosol can will not work for me, as I need a bulk fluid that I can spray inside the boxed frame and other tubes/channels under my car with a schutz gun using a flexible extension wand. I wear a positive pressure, remote AIR supply respirator so I don’t breath any mist, and I spray it outdoors on a breezy day.. with me upwind. It only takes a few minutes, and I’ll do it once a year. I’ll brush HinderRUST on the rest of the stuff that needs it.
Choosing a good CPC shouldn’t be hard for anyone. All someone needs to do is purchase some small quantities of the products they are interested in and try them out for themselves. It doesn’t cost much or take very long (unlike testing paints) and its kind of fun to see how they perform. Thats what I did, and I ended up choosing HinderRUST.