Rust protection on your new mustang? Seems a bit odd at this stage hey.
Not exactly, once rust sets in its hard to get out, so getting in and protecting your car against rust is the idea, rather than trying to fix it and then protect it later.
I guess here at MAP we see the topic from a unique prospective, as Rotary Revs we were around the Mazda RX-8 from it's early years. We saw them when they were still new and we noticed then the lack of underseal on them from factory. 10 years later ... they are failing MOT's because rust has set in and eaten them away, often the cost of repair amounts to significantly more than the value of the car, as a result RX8's today are dropping like fly's, not because of the engine issues you think you know them for but because those that we never saw to treat, are now rotten.
And guess what, the mustang is worse! It comes with almost no underbody protection. Which basically means that the floor pan will rust out ultimately and you will be able to add 'Flintstone power' to boost power output ... until it's following MOT that is.
If you only plan to keep your Mustang for 3 years and then give it back to Ford this might not be of much interest to you. If though you want to own it for years, sell it on when you are done with it or simply don't like the idea of it getting rusty then you are in the right place. We are fully equipped to rust treat, underseal and cavity wax your Mustang to help protect it against the problems later on the down the line that you literally don't see happening (because its under the car) and the best part is, getting in early makes the job so much easier and as a result cheaper to do.
So how do we do it?
Essentially the process of under sealing or ‘rust-proofing’ your Mustang is made up by two steps;
Firstly the under body of your car is stripped to the level required, in order to prepare the surfaces for rust-treatment and eventually, sealing.
A series of wire wheels, hard brushes and compressed air is applied to the exposed areas to remove any existing rust. Once those areas are clean of rust and dirt an industrial grade rust treatment is applied which cures any remaining rust by converting it to a stable hydrophobic complex, then sealing the surface by leaving a protective polymer coating in place.
Once step one is complete we apply 3M Car Body Schultz to protect the under body and prevent any rust from occurring again.
We chose the 3M product, which is an asphalt-based body sealer, for its excellent one coat coverage capabilities, touch dry within the hour, it remains flexible once dry and does not sag. This allows the rust-proofing to be completed efficiently and means your vehicle can be ready to leave our garage, often same-day (dependant on how much of your car was stripped down for treatment).
Our under body coating treatment options;Factory-Exposed Seal
Our most popular option, simply involves applying the process described above to the (factory exposed) under body of the car. This is a relatively common and straight-forward process and is the option most other businesses in the field are able to provide.
Our Factory-Exposed Seal costs just £289.99
And includes a free annual top-up alongside a service
Factory-Exposed and Under Cover Seal
Our second level of Under Seal Rust-Proofing is a tad more complex to say the least.
In order to reach not only the factory exposed areas of your car but also those which are normally covered or inaccessible, for complete rust treatment, we remove your vehicles inner wing covers (front and rear) and the front and rear bumpers within this service level. We also fully seal the inside of the sills, chassis rails and any other cavities to ensure rust does not occur inside and work its way out.
By removing all of these components, it is possible for us to cover almost every area of the vehicles under body, including those covered/inaccessible areas which are susceptible to rusting and have no additional rust-proofing aside from that applied during manufacturing
Stage 2 underseal on your Mustang costs: £949.99
Our highest grade of under body protection takes things all the way; not so much protection, as a complete under-body enhancement.
This level of rust-proofing generally isn’t offered anywhere else – for any type of vehicle! It is a bespoke service that we have designed & refined over the years through our experience in building track, circuit and show cars. Rust-proofing and protection of this degree is a project within itself and not recommended for customers who need their cars on a daily basis (particularly because numerous elements of the service are outsourced to specific industry specialists and co-ordinated by Motorsport and Performance).
Essentially, Level 3 consists of the removal of… well, everything really!
The front wings, the bumpers, the crash bars, the engine, the drive train, the diff, the front and rear sub frames, everything. Once the entire car is dismantled, the sub frames are stripped of the suspension components and hubs. Once all parts are separated, the sub frames, crash bars, strut bars, all the smaller components and hubs are sent off to our Preferred Powder Coating Partner, whom specialises in vehicle parts restoration. The components are are sand-blasted and then powder-coated in a colour of your choosing.
Whilst this is happening, we poly brush your front suspension arms, your vehicle body undergoes the full rust-proofing treatment, including under sealing inside the chassis legs and inside the sills. Rear suspension arms are, where needed or requested, replaced with either new aftermarket upgrade parts or new Ford OE parts.
Once the powder coated components arrive back with us, the rear sub frame is re-bushed with solid or poly bushings for increased performance. Both sub frame assemblies are then rebuilt and re-fitted to the newly prepared shell.
Due to the substantial nature and variable options available to you, the cost of this rust-proofing is heavily dependent on which parts you select and opt for, for reassembly. So price is on application.