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I like to keep all my vehicles rust free as possible and after doing research I decided to use Fluid Film on my ATV after seeing how much road salt it was exposed to this past snow. I have noticed on some of the lower welds of the frame there is some rust starting. My Grizzly is a 2002 with 450 hours on it, so I’d like to see it last a long time. The bike looks good overall but I want to make sure it stays that way. Any good solutions to fix the little bit of rust starting at the welds? Also how does this compare to other grizzlys?
 

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For some reason, I had never heard of Fluid Film until a couple of weeks ago. Had I known about it, I would have been applying it to my Griz all along. Winter in MN is not kind to anything metal. This reminds me, I need to go pick some up to keep the bike looking good.
 

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The rust that you showed is minor. That is nothing but normal.
Remember, your bike is 16 years old now. Your going to see that kind of stuff happen with normal use. Even moisture in the air will cause that.

To deal with it, you'll need a sand blaster. Sand blast it off to remove the paint and rust. Clean the area and then primer and paint to protect it. With spray can paint, epoxy paint would be best for this.
Heads up though. The paint on your frame is called Powder Coat. It is a very durable paint that requires a full process to apply using static electricity and an oven. The paint you buy from a spray can is not as good as powder coating. Additionally to this, you will see the area you painted easily. It will stand out.
 
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Geez, in Minnesota if you only have that much rust after one year on a machine, you're doing well... If it has taken 16 years to get that much rust, it'll last 160 years.
 

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Geez, in Minnesota if you only have that much rust after one year on a machine, you're doing well... If it has taken 16 years to get that much rust, it'll last 160 years.
Exactly.
I have seen bikes only a few months old with the kind and amount of rust he is showing in the pictures.
 

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The rust that you showed is minor. That is nothing but normal.
Remember, your bike is 16 years old now. Your going to see that kind of stuff happen with normal use. Even moisture in the air will cause that.

To deal with it, you'll need a sand blaster. Sand blast it off to remove the paint and rust. Clean the area and then primer and paint to protect it. With spray can paint, epoxy paint would be best for this.
Heads up though. The paint on your frame is called Powder Coat. It is a very durable paint that requires a full process to apply using static electricity and an oven. The paint you buy from a spray can is not as good as powder coating. Additionally to this, you will see the area you painted easily. It will stand out.
@dezz, perfect description. I agree, that is so little rust that even someone who hates rust as much as I do, I would have a tough time justifying that amount of work. Instead, I would clean it up as best I could with a course scotch brite pad, wipe it clean with acetone, and coat it with Herculiner, if I was to do anything to it at all.
 

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Thanks for the replies. I’m not really trying to complain about the rust so much as I do realize it’s normal for a piece of metal in extreme conditions to rust. Just trying to prevent it, I figure preventing it is cheaper than a new machine and I like this grizzly a lot and with riding in snow/salt I want it to last.
 

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Thanks for the replies. I’m not really trying to complain about the rust so much as I do realize it’s normal for a piece of metal in extreme conditions to rust. Just trying to prevent it, I figure preventing it is cheaper than a new machine and I like this grizzly a lot and with riding in snow/salt I want it to last.
Yep, we understand. No shortage of realists around here though ;)

Good advice from those guys on what to do to help it.
 

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Por 15 is a rust paint that I use mostly on old cars. The badass thing about it is you can paint right over the rust and it stops it permanently. Of course you would only want to do this on minor rust like in the pics. It's a little pricey but worth it and a tip for the un used portion keep it in the fridge and it will last a lot longer.
 
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Por 15 is a rust paint that I use mostly on old cars. The badass thing about it is you can paint right over the rust and it stops it permanently. Of course you would only want to do this on minor rust like in the pics. It's a little pricey but worth it and a tip for the un used portion keep it in the fridge and it will last a lot longer.
@jvictory1974, I had forgotten about that stuff. So it works pretty well does it? I don't think I've ever talked to anyone who has actually used it. Good to know, thanks.
 

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Thanks for the replies. I’m not really trying to complain about the rust so much as I do realize it’s normal for a piece of metal in extreme conditions to rust. Just trying to prevent it, I figure preventing it is cheaper than a new machine and I like this grizzly a lot and with riding in snow/salt I want it to last.
@Subzero, I get it totally. I hate rust. Living here in the land of ocean spray, frequent rain and snow, and sodium chloride on the roads, everything rots from the bottom up. Fortunately, my '08 has minor rust like yours but sometime before spring riding starts I'm going to go over my undercarriage as well. I am planning on this Grizz being the last one I buy.
 

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@jvictory1974, I had forgotten about that stuff. So it works pretty well does it? I don't think I've ever talked to anyone who has actually used it. Good to know, thanks.
I've used it multiple times on old cars and it works excellent on lawn mower decks for protection. It's the best stuff for painting/preventing rust that I've found .
 
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