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    Hey guys... Just thought I'd pick your brains with this one.....

    I've got a 2003 E46 Facelift.
    So far its completely rust free ... I'd like to keep it that way!
    Every time I wash the car I always make sure I clean the lips of the wings around the wheel arches.

    The rear wheel arches are my main concern.... They have a sort of shelf on them for dirt to collect in. Its kinda hard to explain but I'm sure you know what I'm on about.... its like a lip of about 2cm right the way around. Once a week I rinse this lip/recess out with the hose and give my fingers a good rub around them to make sure all the dirt is out.

    The winter months are coming though and the thought of salt collecting in this recess is concerning me somewhat as I cant own a car that has any rust on it!
    So, I'm planning on buying a tin of Waxoyl and applying it to the inside of this recess with an old rag as its completely hidden from view..... the only way to be able to see in it would be remove the rear wheel and stick ur head in the wheel arch with a torch.
    Thoughts on this please guys?
    Will the Waxoyl attract dirt? Will I be able to layer it, say give it two or 3 coats?
    Or are there any other things that would suit this application better?

    Like I say the car is completely free of rust.... both sides of the recess on the rear arches is lovely and smooth.... cant feel any rough patches or anything, and all the cars paint is original. I just want to protect it the best I can
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    its one off them areas that nobody givs much thot too..but if it worries you...and your actually rite..rust does start at that part off the arch...then mabye a few coats off clear lacquer applied with a brush should help protect it..mite even do it meself now youve brot it too my attention..cheers mate
     
     

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    Going to do the same! ta
     
     

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    I wouldnt say it worries me.... I'm just aware of how the car needs to be looked after to best prevent rust..... and its kinda obv that if the recess on the rear arches aint looked after its guna be heaven for rust! I thought about clear laquer but surely it will just flake off? Plus its going to be awkward getting up into there with a brush without taking the wheel off..... hence I wondered about rubbing some waxoyl in with an old rag?
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt8808 View Post
    I wouldnt say it worries me.... I'm just aware of how the car needs to be looked after to best prevent rust..... and its kinda obv that if the recess on the rear arches aint looked after its guna be heaven for rust! I thought about clear laquer but surely it will just flake off? Plus its going to be awkward getting up into there with a brush without taking the wheel off..... hence I wondered about rubbing some waxoyl in with an old rag?
    not sure bout the waxoyl tho sum1 else may have better advice on it..i was thinkin a few coats off lacquer builds up a certain thickness the same as a metallic paint is more resillient too stone chips due too the extra protection off the lacquer..just a thot mate
     
     

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    The reason I'm doubting the lacquer will work...... When I was going through the legal battle with VW to get my Golf fixed, I had to spray the rear quater panel with a rattle can of clear coat to help protect it as the paint was peeling and exposing bare metal. The clear coat only lasted a week or two before it started to flake off. Surely in a enviroment such as a wheel arch its not going to stand a chance and something along the lines of waxoyl undercarrage sealant would be better? I'm just wondering if the waxoyl undercarrage stuff will dry tacky though, because obv that wouldnt be any good if the dirt sticks to it
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt8808 View Post
    The rear wheel arches are my main concern.... They have a sort of shelf on them for dirt to collect in. Its kinda hard to explain but I'm sure you know what I'm on about.... its like a lip of about 2cm right the way around.
    I hate that part... when I first got mine home from the garage I gave it a good going over... discovered that little lip too, it was FULL of crammed in mud and grit, couldn't believe it

    It is a hard area to keep clean!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 325iNick View Post
    I hate that part... when I first got mine home from the garage I gave it a good going over... discovered that little lip too, it was FULL of crammed in mud and grit, couldn't believe it

    It is a hard area to keep clean!
    Yeah mine was the same when I first got it! My ex had a Porche Boxter and the rear arches on that had exactly the same design fault too!
     
     

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    http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/s...Id_165594#dtab

    Just been reading up on it guys.... Forms a flexible barrier, kills old rust (if you have any) and prevents rust. I'm sure they do a smaller tin for about £10. All I need to find out now is if it stays tacky once dried or not!
     
     

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