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Old 03-22-2009, 03:25 PM   #1
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To anyone living in the snowbelt who plans on ordering, or already has ordered, a new Camaro, will you apply some sort of undercoat or oil spray whether or not you intend to take the car out in the winter?

My experience with cars is limited. I have had only my daily driver, a 1999 Grand Am, and I took it to Ziebart to have undercoat and soundproofing applied when new. It was pricey but it has held up well since then. The problem is the Ziebart in my area closed soon after and it's very rare to find a Ziebart shop around anymore.

I wanted to buy one of the "last" F-body Camaro or Firebird in 2002 but that year I found myself out of work so I had to keep my Grand Am a little longer. Since 2003, I have been taking my car to Krown to have an oil spray applied. My only complaint with the oil spray is that it traps a lot of dirt along the seams and it's always oily around the door jambs thereby making it difficult to keep clean. It's better than rust holes, for sure.

Alas, my Grand Am is inevitably getting old. We've been through a lot together and it's been reliable for the most part. I hope to be in the market for a new car in the next year. The new Camaro is on my list of possibilities and I have been following its development since Detroit 2006. It's a tough economy though, so I might settle for something else.

In any case, what are some of your thoughts? Would you consider applying undercoat or oil spray to your new car, whether it's a Camaro or not? Would it diminish its potential value if it has holes drilled into it for undercoat or oil spray? Would this sort of corrosion protection even be necessary if the car is garaged in winter? Isn't it odd that the previous generation Camaros and Firebirds had non-rusting plastic body panels and the new generation has sheet metal? Your feedback is much appreciated.
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Old 03-22-2009, 05:24 PM   #2
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I think with the modern engineering and coatings used, that undercoating is not necessary. Mine will garaged over the winter. Maybe 3 years latter we can look at it.
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Old 04-06-2009, 09:02 PM   #3
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I will be undercoating and having mine permashined as it cheap and will protect from almost all elements.
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Old 04-12-2009, 02:33 AM   #4
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Your owners manual says not to undercoat. Read it !
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Old 04-20-2009, 08:44 PM   #5
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volks is like that also, but what happens when rust is comin and you go at the dealer??? what will they tell you? --you didn't take care of your car we don't cover it we won't pay-- do it !! go ahead it's still good protection. and you do it for yourself not for the others. at least you'll slow things up and it's protection for the second owner..if you sell it one day..
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Old 04-20-2009, 11:18 PM   #6
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I dunno, i plan not to drive mine in winter... except for the occasional warm up of fluids.

I haven't undercoated my Cobalt SS SC at all, but i also only drive it in the winter to warm the fluids... not really worried about it too much.
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Old 04-21-2009, 07:02 AM   #7
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I don't plan on driving mine in the winter and don't plan on undercoating.
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Old 04-22-2009, 12:13 PM   #8
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No undercoating for me, because it won't be winter driven. As long as you keep it clean, with regular washings (NO HOUSEHOLD CLEANERS) and proper drying, you should not have rust issues.
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Don't undercoat. Do wash it once in a while. It will be fine.
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Old 04-22-2009, 01:40 PM   #10
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no undercoat for me and i will be driving it in the winter...
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Old 04-22-2009, 02:17 PM   #11
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I've heard that undercoating is no longer needed in modern cars also.
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Old 04-22-2009, 03:53 PM   #12
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Is there any cons to the permashine?
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Old 04-22-2009, 05:47 PM   #13
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Old 05-13-2009, 04:13 PM   #14
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no undercoat for me and i will be driving it in the winter...
Will be?
wow.

Not I. Living in Fort Mac, Won't be doing any winter driving, will be driving as far into the fall as I possibly can, and the car will be out by April 9 each year (my birthday).

No undercoating necessary.
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