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How to fluid film your vehicle to prevent rust – Auto Repair Chat

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In this video I bring you along as I apply Fluid Film to my 2013 Toyota Tundra to help it stand up to the nasty salt of NY winters. I try out the "professional" spray gun and also the DIY straw that goes on the rattle cans of fluid film. -Enjoy!
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49 thoughts on “How to fluid film your vehicle to prevent rust”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jennifer says:

    when I clicked on this video I thought it was Eric The Car Guy. I was a little distracted and wasn't paying much attention. It took me a minute of wondering why Eric wasn't his usual sarcastic self, why he was being kinda nice, before I stopped and focused on what I was watching only to realize it wasn't him. Good video though!

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Donald Painter says:

    I'm so thankful I don't work in the rust belt I do get a truck or car from new York from time to time and that's more than enough for me hats off to all top notch mechanics that work in the rust belt everyday just hope that you compensate your time for dealing with it

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dave Brosius says:

    Curious, what would happen if you used spray on pickup bed liner on the frame?

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars crayshaun henderson says:

    can i use this on my exhaust manifold and other parts cause i have rust under the car that i want to get rid of

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars James DUGUAY says:

    Great video !
    I've been looking at doing this to my new to me 16 tundra.
    Would it flow better if the gallon can was warmed in a pot of hot water first ??
    Liked seeing you get the hood and engine compartment,,didn't think about using there.
    I'll be doing it with my truck on jack stands but the amount of over spray has me second guessing having it done.

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars MadRiver63 says:

    I live on a dirt road in Michigan, they do not use brine for dust control, but plenty of salt for ice. I used FF from day one. The dirt sticks to the FF and creates a nice dirty, oily coating. Not sure my mechanic likes the mess, but it's better than freeing rusted-on nuts and bolts!

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John Mazza says:

    I don't know, it looks like it makes a big mess of the vehicle and would make mechanical work a nightmare. Maybe using transfluid is a better option or a thin oil like WD40 and just applying them every couple months.

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars sotxmatt says:

    You do this every year? OUCH!!!!

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars psychmr says:

    What is name of the thinner rust proofing you already sprayed inside of the doors?

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Hugh Koontz says:

    What's the Update on your Yoda and fluid film spraying?

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Johnny Oi says:

    You're in upstate, ny? Would you be able to do my Toyota Sienna?

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Roy Evans says:

    I'm a bachelor and I'm not helping you get the last of that stuff out, do it yerself fella. 🤣

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tony Breeze says:

    Great sense of humour … Darth Vader … “I am your father !” I note the care you take when it’s your own motor … love it!

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Rob Peters says:

    Why not just remove the inspection panel on the tailgate and do a thorough job on it?

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Rob Peters says:

    I always tell guys to wear a respirator because once those fine mist particles get inside your lungs you can’t get them back out. It will stay deep inside your lung tissue and interfere with the oxygen getting into the bloodstream.
    I had a lot of friends develop very bad respiratory issues from undercoating without using a respirator.
    I use a silicone spatula to clean out the can.

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Rick Widlund says:

    Great video, very knowledgeable. Thank you.

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Sting says:

    Fluid Film is a great product but Surface Shield by Blaster lasts longer. The availability is a challenge at this time.

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Chrs Shears says:

    Want a cheaper way……..more messy…a lot more …is to spray transmission fluid. Old or new…new doesn’t smell as bad…under the car with a $5. oil can…works for one winter 20 bucks…all together…also transmission fluids helps lasts all rubber seals and joints….I spray in into doors from top….greasy for a week or two,,,smells for a week or two to…also helps window rails…..slide better…did I say messy….I do it when I feel frisky,,,,,and do it when I got energy summer or winter…do it in the street or down the block…leaves a mess…works very well been doing it 20 years…

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars G. Fortin says:

    Thanks ! The bolt hole tip will help in some spots ! Wonder if taking the trim off my tail gate would be advisable to get in there… it seems like a job but worth it.

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Greg May says:

    try diluting it with brake clean when using the 360 sprayer for inside rockers and frame. it worked well for me with the same kit.

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mark Jackson says:

    — Just bought a 2004 Tahoe winter beater. Pretty clean; can tell it was garaged. Still, there were places the rust was real. I'll spare you the months long process it took me to take care of it, but boy am I looking forward to just doing what you did once a year.
    Done in a day or two. Thumbs up.

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars hoyaaa says:

    What about brake lines and rubber? Would it swell them being pcb or whatever material that isn't oil resistant

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Super Specialty says:

    Nope

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Maleik Yoskovich says:

    So spray everything?

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars yamaha ttr600 says:

    Please would you consider doing an update on how the truck is doing

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Allan Chrysler says:

    Just popped up in my feed. Ordered DIY items and will be trialing on my Side by side. Next will be cars. As a NYer living in Maine salt and brine is just as bad and they have strict rules on rust and passenger compartment holes. Thank you!

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars TheyCallMeGunny says:

    I've got my entire exhaust and gas and gas tank out right now for welding and replacement respectively. Since I've got a 23 year old junker from the northeast, I decided to just get under there while it's open and grind all the things. Bought more or less the same as you did, except I got a more universal HVLP gun setup and a gallon of fluid film black as well. I'm just going to use the gun and other pre-existing air compressor fittings to do it that way.
    But that said, I'm gonna be spending a few days grinding my life away while I'm at it. And sadly, I have no lift, so I'm gonna be right up in it. Thankfully I have the same respirator and I intend to use it.
    I also set up an electrolysis tank with an old utility battery (which I am using and charging in alternating shifts) for the brackets I've been able to pull out in one piece, which I will be treating before I reinstall and installing over the fluid film on the frame and chassis. So I've got my work cut out of for me this week, because I'm also in the middle of drywalling 6 rooms in the house at the same time while finishing the last of the home wiring and insulating the last 2 rooms.
    And worst of all.., I lost my coffee cup. Think I put it in a pile of car parts. But if I knew, I'd be using it right now.

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Louis Devault says:

    so what is the ideal pressure for the 360 degree sprayer???

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Sog Gol says:

    You did very good but you don't need to apply on the bushings and rubbers areas. thanks.

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Roberto Perez Rivera says:

    Great idea ,I hope work in western New York Roberr from pR

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Platinum Lawn says:

    A RUBBER WHAT?!

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars GoTorino says:

    Keeps referring to partial dome spray as "360 degrees"

    Inigo Montoya: I don't think that word means what you think it means…

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars s0129570 says:

    I think the 360 attachment is meant to spray far. It’s best used for going inside the plug holes so that you can coat a narrow interior surface in all directions.

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars bgregg55 says:

    I use rhino ramps to get to the undercarriage.

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars AT says:

    Did your car smoke at all after you applied this product and drove?

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars damianryan5 says:

    I learned the same lesson, start with the wide angle tip and finish with the wand. Took way too long last year, this year I will be much more efficient.

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Wy Hunter says:

    Does it dry up ? If does how long it will take? Or it is wet all the time, I used cosmoline RP-342 on my new highlander, it dried up in a few days and feels like thick wax, I heard it performs better and last longer than fluid film, not sure it is true or not, will see in year.

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dennis Kapczynski says:

    Great video, fantastic music. Would like to see how it worked, a year or two later.

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Hola! Steady Eddie says:

    Maybe next time take the few screws out of the upper panel on your tailgate to expose the big access hole. You can then direct the product where you want, especially along the bottom pinch weld where most tailgates seem to rust first. But you really layed the product on. Nice job.
    PS- wasn't it the Tundra or maybe Tacoma that had the big recall for entire frame replacement due to excessive rusting?

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Robert Lowe says:

    Does it attract rodents like the soy ingredients in wiring?

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars ‍1marcelfilms says:

    I prefer using fluid film from the inside out. then when you have a really thick layer on the inside where it cant be washed away but it can creep outwards.

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Alan Robison says:

    I'm sure Mrs. O's vehicle is next right?

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars tee nice says:

    Wondering if I can paint my 85 g body frame after wire wheeling all the surface rust then use this. Any advice is appreciated…

  44. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Peter Smart says:

    SEM cavity wax is my go to,i sprayed some on my unscuffed rear wheelhouses 2 years ago,ots still entirely there.i have a 2011 tgat looks like a,2021.If you have exhisting rust,clean up quick,and use Coroseal first,then coat

  45. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars You Cant HandleTruth says:

    "MADE IN ITALY" YOU SAY ?
    OLIVE OIL MUST BE THE
    SECRET SAUCE….LOL !

  46. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Lot's of this and that says:

    I have 06 Town And Country and they rot from salt in rust belt. Fluid filmed my van, doors, rocker panels , fended etc. drilled holes and put plastic plugs in holes. Used gallon of FF. No rust on y van! Still ‘bleeds’ fluid film on skin of van along rocker panels LOL. Put this in your newer vehicle and never get body rust. MUST place inside doors, fenders etc, as your car rusts from inside out! Even if you wash your car in winter!

  47. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars generic dude says:

    This rust "proofing" ought to be a factory option.