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I took the 392 out to Hungry Valley today. First time taking it off road. In fact my first time ever off roading! I scratched the frame underneath a little bit on a few rocks. Nothing major, but some of the black paint came off and I chewed up a few bolt heads. Is this something I need to worry about? Or is this par for the course when wheeling? Do I need to repair the scratches so it doesn‘t rust? Or just let it be?
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I took the 392 out to Hungry Valley today. First time taking it off road. In fact my first time ever off roading! I scratched the frame underneath a little bit on a few rocks. Nothing major, but some of the black paint came off and I chewed up a few bolt heads. Is this something I need to worry about? Or is this par for the course when wheeling? Do I need to repair the scratches so it doesn‘t rust? Or just let it be?
Sounds like you had a very very good time ;)
Black spray paint if it bothers you to much... otherwise have fun!
Dont forget to air down your tires when you go off-road
 

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Your choice. People will tell you that your choice is wrong regardless. So do what you think you should.

I fix stuff to keep it nice. Takes little time and little effort. Just watch your over spray.

PS... post pics of you wheelin. 😁
 

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Slide under there with a can of spray paint and touch it up. No huge hurry. We are in So Cal and rust is not a najor problem.
 

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Satin black Rustolem cut with 10% mineral oil. Apply with a fine brush the strokes will level as it dries. Looks better with no over spray. Or you can check out the selection of chassis paint at Eastwood.
 

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SoCal is a dry climate, but there's the beach, and it seems like a lot of water is imported, so there is a miniscule chance for microscopic rust to start.

I've got a steel pergola in my backyard that gets a lot of sun, so after a rain it dries pretty quick. I thought it wouldn't rust in the SoCal climate, but after about seven years, I started to see some rusty patches. I sanded off the rust and painted over with Rustoleum Rust Reformer. I figured the materials and lessons learned from that could be applied to my Jeep's steel bumpers, side-steps, etc.

If you don't want to spray Rust Reformer from the can onto your Jeep, you can spray/pool it into a cup (or it's own cap) and use a brush for more application control.
 

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You can buy Rustoleum in cans.
 

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You dont have to do anything.

You can paint to avoid rust. The frame can take hits offroad. Get some beefier rock sliders. The smittybilt XRC sliders do a really good job protecting the frame. I've scratched mine like hell. They do sit a bit low, but that's the price to pay.
 

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X2 on the spray paint. I don't like rust or the option for rust myself.
 
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