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    Rustproofing for C15

    My gal (1994 C15) needs a small amount of welding for the MOT. I've found a specialist welder who has agreed to do the necessary. He also mentioned that he offers a service whereby he checks all the structural bodywork and tidies it up, then injects a product into the chassis (I said Is this Waxoyl and he said no, it's similar but it's a more recent and more hi tec product, but I forgot what he called it), and afterwards he uses another product to give a protective coat. Cost is £400 and he says you can expect at least 5 years trouble free bodywork.

    Now I know it's not worth it in the sense that spending hundreds on an old van is never worth it, but on the other hand if it means keeping her on the road as opposed to not, then it would be worth it to me. AFAIK the mechanics are sound, as is the pod.

    Would be interested to hear what you peeps think?
    Away with the Fairies

    #2
    I'm all for it. In fact I've just started the job myself on "my old gal". I'm of the opinion that if the MoT tester is able to identify rusty bits then he/she will be more inclined to have a poke and a prod about. If all they see looks gunky, black, cruddy and reasonable they may be less inclined to start braying holes through my van.
    It's a God awful job mind, if you do it right. Dirty, messy, laborious, even painful. Would I pay someone to do it? Yes. Absolutely. But I can't afford to. Do I think it's worth doing? Yes.

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      #3
      Thanks for that Dantage. I had more or less decided to have it done even if it was a bit hard to justify, so I like your very sound reasons for having it done.
      Away with the Fairies

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        #4
        Without doubt, do it, and if you can afford it, have it rechecked every year or so.
        It will not make your C15 invincible, but it will definitely extend its life.
        Sadly, all vehicles have in-built rust traps that no amount of proofing will get to, so the van will succumb to the rust bug in the end, but you'll get a shorter life if you don't do it.

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          #5
          I agree with emmerson - think - if you get this years work done and next year the old gal once again succumbs to the tin-worm would you have it fixed and how much would fixing it cost?
          As emmerson says sooner or later rust will get te old gal - but prevention is better and cheaper than cure.
          Jon

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            #6
            Originally posted by Voyageuse View Post
            My gal (1994 C15) needs a small amount of welding for the MOT. I've found a specialist welder who has agreed to do the necessary. He also mentioned that he offers a service whereby he checks all the structural bodywork and tidies it up, then injects a product into the chassis (I said Is this Waxoyl and he said no, it's similar but it's a more recent and more hi tec product, but I forgot what he called it), and afterwards he uses another product to give a protective coat. Cost is £400 and he says you can expect at least 5 years trouble free bodywork.

            Now I know it's not worth it in the sense that spending hundreds on an old van is never worth it, but on the other hand if it means keeping her on the road as opposed to not, then it would be worth it to me. AFAIK the mechanics are sound, as is the pod.

            Would be interested to hear what you peeps think?
            Would be interested in knowing roughly where you are - my 2002 C15 has some rust, which I had treated last year, but is either back, or there's a new lot. So anything which lasts 5 years would be great!!! May want to use the same welder..... I'm East Midlands (Northampton) - but have friends I could stay with across the country.

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              #7
              Originally posted by chelsea1 View Post

              Would be interested in knowing roughly where you are - my 2002 C15 has some rust, which I had treated last year, but is either back, or there's a new lot. So anything which lasts 5 years would be great!!! May want to use the same welder..... I'm East Midlands (Northampton) - but have friends I could stay with across the country.
              Brecon.
              Nice spot to visit - when the sun's out
              Away with the Fairies

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                #8
                £400.00 for a five year guarantee. (Get it written down). It can cost you more than that each year if you don't get it done. Welding is the most common reason for an MOT failure so save yourself a fortune and carry on camping.

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