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Old 02-20-2012, 10:59 PM   #1
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Undercoating your ZL1

Is anyone planning on undercoating their ZL1 why, why not?
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Old 02-20-2012, 11:00 PM   #2
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Old 02-21-2012, 06:58 AM   #3
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No, just not driving in the winter / salt.
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Old 02-21-2012, 07:32 AM   #4
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No need to undercoat cars like that anymor the metals are sooo much better...and why would u want the extra weight
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Old 02-21-2012, 07:38 AM   #5
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There is only a few things that will get rusty.... The exhaust is not the greatest grade of stainless, but not going to undercoat that anyway. And there are a few fasteners that look to be chinese 50% impurity steel, sway bar end link nuts/threads. Other than a couple minor fasteners, not going to find much bare metal under there. Not like the 4th gens where the entire rear axle was bare iron (which I painted on day one of each one).

No undercoat, no paint protection... the owners manual says don't do it. If a salesman pushes it on you, punch them in the face.
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Old 02-21-2012, 08:10 AM   #6
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From personal experience, I probably would undercoat my future zl1. Galvanized metal still rusts if exposed to the weather (as my '97 cavalier will testify). Its a given that the zl1 may not be driven on salt roads or in the rain, but salted snowy roads are very prevalent in the northeast region. Its an added measure of protection that I've applied to every new car I've owned, and so far its returned the benefit of greater corrosion protection. Rubberized undercoating doesn't add a significant weight so there's no issue with overloading the car. One has to make sure that the undercoating technician applies the coating without slop painting it all over significant parts, such as the suspension, wiring, wheels and the exhaust. Undercoating should be applied to flat, exposed floor pans, (in the case of trucks) frame rails, behind rocker panels and on any cut or exposed metal component at the chassis base.
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Old 02-21-2012, 08:15 AM   #7
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The ZL1 has a belly pan, you don't need to undercoat her
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Old 02-21-2012, 10:53 AM   #8
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No. My baby will be sleeping in the garage during snow..... or rain for that matter.
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