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Any suggestions for keeping your car looking shiny-new after a long, salty winter?

Main concern are the brake calipers.. This is my first car with visible disc brakes, want to keep that black rust and corrosion off of them..

Is there a coating or spray I can apply to them? Or is it just constant washing?

Sending it in for Rustproofing in a week or so, not sure if they do anything for them..

Any other tips for winter?

Thanks!
James
 

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Do I need to undercoat??

I'm wondering if I should bother with getting my new 2010 undercoated or not?!! I live in Sudbury, Ontario and winter is brutal! up here. Salt is constantly being thrown and it's especially bad in the late winter early spring. Does anybody know if just keeping it clean will work to keep corrosion off or do I have to make a trip to Corrosion Free? I'm confused... help!
 

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Rustproofing and undercoating are a bad idea (at least undercoating is). It traps moisture and will void your body rusting guarantee. "RustProofing" may also. You are far better off just washing to keep the salt off things. These things should go the wayof the 3000 mile oil change and the Doo-Doo Bird, Flowby, etc.
 

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Find a carwash you like and buy a discounted book of tickets for it. You want to wash the car occasionally in winter to get that salt off. The salt doesnt do much harm when the temp is below freezing, above freezing it reacts with moisture and eats away at everything. Keeping the disc brakes looking shiny new is a labor of love. Just wait till next summer and go at them with a bucket and a brush!
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Odd, my X was delivered to me with the undercoating. The black gooey stuff in the wheel wells = undercoating?
 
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