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Old January 18th, 2009, 02:43 PM   #1
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just bought a 08 f-150 about 6 months ago just washed it and see kind of alot of surface rust all over it mainly on the tailgate just wondering if anybody else has come across this if so howd you fix it?justa good wax job? also was wondering if anybody knows if my 100,000 mile bumper to bumper waranty will cover it? please let me know thanks
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Old January 18th, 2009, 03:19 PM   #2
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The rust speckles are actually more than likely from your brake pads, prolly sounds weird, but we see it all the time at the shop. It takes a little bit of work but you can take it off by hand with a wax pad and some non aggresive rubbing compound. If that doesnt work a buffer will take it off with the same compound. Is the vehicle white by any chance? White vehicles show it more than others for obvious reasons.
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Old January 18th, 2009, 03:43 PM   #3
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Back in 93 I bought a new F150 from Southgate Ford and when I got it home I found the paint was all messed up on the roof and was rusting.....with 13 miles on the OD! Brondes Ford in Toledo repainted it for me a week later.They blamed it on bird shit.
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Old January 18th, 2009, 04:30 PM   #4
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its silver it shouldnt be hard i can practically pick it off by hand but theres kind of alot and i just paid 35k for it so they better fix it for free i aint got no money
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Old January 18th, 2009, 04:38 PM   #5
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its not fords fault, its normal from a michigan winter full of salty roads, and being a light color truck silver you see it.

wash it, get a claybar out and go to town and than wax it.

if you feel the paint after a wash also i guarantee you it doesn't feel smooth, which will mean it times for a claybar job.
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Old January 18th, 2009, 07:08 PM   #6
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Clay bar it, might just be 'rail dust' from train transportation ;)
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Old January 18th, 2009, 07:12 PM   #7
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maybe i do live by a ton of train tracks still makes me mad tho
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Old January 18th, 2009, 09:01 PM   #8
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maybe i do live by a ton of train tracks still makes me mad tho

I think he meant when the trucks are on the trains being delivered.
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Old January 18th, 2009, 09:37 PM   #9
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i agree with most everyone else.........its either rail dust, industrial fallout and/or just another shitty michigan winter. clay bar is the way to go if they arent going to cover you but you do need to raise hell to get them to fix it...have it wheeled afterwards since clay bar does scratch the paint to an extent and get a good paint sealing wax..no cheap stuff.
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Old January 18th, 2009, 09:50 PM   #10
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x3 on railroad dust. Took a lot off a 03ish Audi A4 right by the wheel wells with the buffer.
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rail ash (or rail dust as some call it) is the small metal particles that come off of a trains brakes, and are very hot when they land on the vehicles and burn into the paint, then that particle starts to rust later....that is covered under warrenty, but it would have to be turned in fairly quickly, although I dont remeber what the time frame is...3 weeks or something, IIRC...


if you have had the truck for 6 months, and are just now starting to see rust particles on the surface of the paint, then its something that has happened since you have had it...if it was anything that was already there, you would have seen it along time ago, and if it was something from under the paint, the paint would be coming right off (silver is a bad color for that anyway)

take it to where you bought it and try, you may get them to wheel it out for you, free or at a discount, or you can fix it yourself...but dont get upset if they dont do it for free...
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Clay bar it, might just be 'rail dust' from train transportation ;)
i noticed this on my ranger about a year after i bought it, thats what the dealer told me it was, then they acid washed it and put some sealer on it under warranty.

hasn't come back
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I'd take it to the dealer and tell them it needs to be fixed. see what they say... It's not like you are scratching it, it's just rusting, even if it is the fault of Rail Ash. I personally think it should be covered unless they can show you the clause in the warranty contract that says it isn't.
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it's raildust from transport from the plant. all of the light colored fords we sell at our dealer have it. the particles are hot from the wheels/track and when they fly up they land on the cars and leave a little burn mark that looks like rust but it's not. it will buff out.
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just got back from the dealer and they said they didnt know if it would be covered because they usualy only cover rail rash 12 months 12,000 miles and ive only had it for 6 months but have a little over 16,000 miles on it ( i know about rail rash itchy it was sarcastic) but he hasnt called me back today so im going there tomarow after i get out of class and will talk to my sale's man see what he can do i think i paid like $2,000 more for my extended waranty if they dont cover it thats bull
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