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Old 07-26-2021, 05:43 AM   #1
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Essex Rear Fender well Project Completed....

Had water intrusion on my Mountain Aire, tried several things to stop it, never could. My Essex had a very little intrusion on the drivers side frame rail, and at the bottom of the wet bay and the pegboard bay at the bottom corner's.
So I pulled the drive's off, sat and looked at it, and went under and steamed cleaned the entire rear area, even got up in between the frame rail's laying under it! Not a fun start to a project!

The picture's will show what I did, Product's used:
1. The Eastwood Company rubberized flexible undercoating
https://www.eastwood.com/eastwood-ru...ing-black.html
Best rubberized product I have ever used, expensive but worth every penny!

2. 1" foamboard
3. Loctite closed cell spray foam
4. Dow Corning 732 Rubberized Silicone(Superior Product, it is super durable, tough, and using it is like welding with it)
5. Abs Plastic Sheet 1/8" x 48" x 96Ē Textured 1 Side Vacuum Forming
6. Small Parts 0812KPMB Steel Self-Drilling Screw, Black Phosphate Finish, Modified Truss Head, Phillips Drive, #2 Drill Point, #8-18 Thread Size, 3/4" L

After a week of fan's, drying everything, got up in between the frame rail's and used the Dow 732 to go inside all the wiring cover protector's and sealed the inside good in one spot so water has to stop there and not travel through the wall.
Then the spraying of the rubberized coating started, first everything up in between the frame rail's( It will spray through one of those red spray extensions really good) Stuck the red extension inside the wiring cover's also and sprayed.
And everything that you see in the photo's had several layer's of this coating sprayed on it. 15 can's for the entire project plus 1 qt. of brushable coating.

Then custom cut the ABS plastic to fit, screwed it and sealed it, leaving the bottom unsealed and not screwed so if any water gets in behind it, it can get out the bottom. Once sealed with DOW 732, it was sprayed with several coats of the rubberized coating. Installed a 18" flap between the rear of the drive's and the tag.
And the picture's don't show the rear FWS tube and gearing plastic cover was reinstalled and sealed.
I am going to be very shocked if I get any water into the compartment's in front of the drive's anymore.....

Thanks for looking!
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Old 07-26-2021, 05:48 AM   #2
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Old 07-26-2021, 05:54 AM   #3
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Old 07-26-2021, 06:51 AM   #4
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I bet you are glad to have this project behind you.
Looks like you covered any possible crack or crevice.

Looks good. Thanks for sharing the information.
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Congrats, that’s a huge task. I fought that issue on my ‘05 and never won.
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I've pulled the duals a few times....that's the hardest part. Once they're out, it's like working in a cave. Your project should keep it nice and dry!
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Is there another thread that describes the original problem and what you were resolving?
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Thank ya all for your nice comment's! It was quite a project..... Better than pulling the whole compartment in front of the drive's apart and dealing with rotted wood.
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Is there another thread that describes the original problem and what you were resolving?
There are a ton of thread's across the board about water intrusion into the compartment's in front of the drive tire's........
Most don't know unless they look way back in there with a flashlight after driving in the rain...........
My leak's were minimal.......but I wanted zero water coming in..........
as my compartment flooring is still in good solid condition........
A lot of folk's have battled this problem, even new out of the factory.......
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I just noticed, I left out, but mentioned Eastwood's Rubberized spray I used. Expensive , but have never seen anything like it. A superior product for sealing and rubberizing surfaces . Dries to touch , but stays flexible ! Highly recommend ......15 cans later!
https://www.eastwood.com/eastwood-ru...ing-black.html
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Great Job!! Just a question.... Could you have used any product from Flex Seal?
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Great Job!! Just a question.... Could you have used any product from Flex Seal?
No, tried flex seal once, junk and dries out and cracks. Their commercial's on tv echoes their products reliability ....... the things they say their products can do are outlandish
Eastwood makes high quality car restoration products that are proven since 1978. I studied up on all products on the market for a long time and didn't want to spray something on this big project that wasn't going to hold up or do the job and correct the water problem .
Eastwoods rubberized product has had exceeded 1,000 hours of salt spray chamber testing.
I thought about the cost of this product , but wanted something that was going to hold up and seal everything in a flexible rubber coating .
Their product does just what they say it does , I could not be more impressed !

Had probably 7-10 coats of it on a piece of carboard while doing edging spraying and when dried I can fold it in half and the coating doesn't crack Very impressive product.
The old saying holds true here, that ya get what ya pay for
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