RUST AND THE H2

The subject of rust and the H2 has come up several times and will no doubt continue to do so. We are not talking about body panles rusting or anything major, but the annoying cosmetic rust that plagues many vehicles drivetrain and frame. This is only cosmetic, but I for one would have expected more from a $50k+ vehicle.

After only a few weeks of ownership the rear axle of my H2 was starting to become covered in rust, as the H2 sits so high this rust is visible to everyone behind you and looks terrible in my view. I used a wire brush and applied some Rustoleum Hardhat flat black paint. This worked great and the rust never resurfaced. However, after a few more weeks rust was starting to appear on the frame and other driveline/suspension components, most of which was visible and somewhat embarrassing.

After touching up areas here and there, I took the vehicle to Ziebart and had them treat the whole of the underbody of the H2. This treatment works very well and stopped any more outbreaks of rust. Howvever, when off roading it is inevitable that the Ziebary treatment will get rubbed off, Ziebart do not warranty their treatment for off road use. I use Westley's Underbody Protection in a spray can to touch up these areas, it's got a similar texture and appearance to the Ziebart treatment and seems to hold up very well. If you do get the Ziebart treatment, make sure that they understand not to treat the skid plate and the wheel wells (which are plastic and will not rust). Although I told them not to do mine, they did them anyway. I kind of like having a black skid plate, so no big deal, but you may not...

There are also other areas that rust easily inside the vehicle, mainly the rails under the dash, again I wouldn't expect to see these rusting on a vehicle like the H2.

It should be pointed out that I live 800 yards from the Gulf of Mexico, so there is a lot of salt in the air, which no doubt helps promote rust. Most H2 owners never experience issues, but there are a good few that do. As stated previously, it is only cosmetic, but nonetheless it shouldn't happen in my view.

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After a few weeks...

After Rustoleum Hardhat...

After Ziebart...

After Ziebart...


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