While I had the seats and carpets out
after my little mud bath, I
inspected the floor for any signs of damage. This meant first cleaning
all the mud out of all the crevices. I put plastic over the dash area
and hosed out the Jeep interior. I had removed the floor plugs on
Saturday so the water drained out of the floor pretty well. I noted
one problem area with some surface rust from condensation on the
This was mainly caused from a moisture
build up from the air conditioner, not from the mud hole. Before I
extended the drain pipe the water would collect on the passenger-side floor
and stay there for a long time. The metal heat pad (aluminum) rubbing
on the floor first removed the paint and then caused a galvanic reaction
with the steel and soon the rust was formed. The driver's side and the
rear seating area and cargo space were virtually like new except for where
the fold-and-tumble rear seat feet hit the floor.
To combat this I purchased a POR-15 kit
and followed the instructions to first clean the metal and surrounding area,
apply a metal prep to neutralize the rust, then finally to paint the floor
The paint went on very easily. I prepped and
painted several other smaller spots while I was at it. Here is a view
of the finished area.
One very small
can of POR-15 was enough to do the passenger foot well, the underside of my
winch plate, and some spots on the driver's side foot well and the point
where the fold and tumble rear seat feet rest on the floor of the rear cargo
I noted a couple other areas that need the
Gas Tank Skid Plate
gas tank skid plate has trapped
a large amount of mud. It has drain holes but they're plugged. I
shall have to remove it to get it clean. I will take that opportunity
to treat it to some POR-15.
As part of removing the winch to be sent
out for service, I removed the
winch plate. The powder coating had failed.
Driving Light Brackets
scraped the scale and rust off and followed the same steps to prep and paint
it with POR-15 as the other areas. It came out so well I will probably
follow the recommendations for refinishing the entire winch plate using
POR-15 products and topcoats that do not suffer UV-graying.