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Roof rust from wet ski

11 months 1 week ago #32596 by manta
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Hi

I don't store my ski at a club so I need to transport it. How do I stop the top of my car from rusting putting a wet ski on the roof every single day?

I have taken to spraying the ski with fresh water out of a plant sprayer. It takes some of the salt water off the ski and then also dilutes the salt on the actual car. I am not sure if this will help long term though. Anyone else have a similar issue and if so how are you dealing with it?

Thanks

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11 months 1 week ago #32597 by Hulk
Replied by Hulk on topic Roof rust from wet ski
Hi,

When not paddling and finishing at one of the clubs I'm with - I always have a jerrycan in the car to properly rinse down my ski. After rinsing I dry the boat with a towel before I load it on the car.

This supports the lifespan of my ski and my car.

Regards

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11 months 1 week ago #32600 by Paul600
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One of my previous cars rusted out above the windscreen, directly below the v bar because of this. I bought a new car but washing it occasionally would have been cheaper

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11 months 1 week ago #32617 by manta
Replied by manta on topic Roof rust from wet ski
For now, washing the ski on the roof with fresh water after a paddle will have to do. Cars seem to do okay with fresh water it is the salt that seems to the main culprit of the rust.

In future I hope to make myself some of those pvc stands that I can use to put the ski on, wash and dry (mostly) and then put on the roof. Cars are a lot more expensive than skis so trying to protect my investment.

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11 months 1 week ago #32618 by Fath2o
Replied by Fath2o on topic Roof rust from wet ski
Now, I try to dry off my ski before putting on roof and then hose down ski and roof at home. That being said, I just spent $2500.00 getting new windshield and rusted/leaking roof repaired. Original estimate was $1350.00 Common problem for waterman with their toys on the roof of their cars.

Dam, could have bought a nice used ski!

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11 months 6 days ago #32630 by robin.mousley

I just spent $2500.00 getting new windshield and rusted/leaking roof repaired.


My car is in the body shop right now being treated for the same disease :(

I also try to rinse and dry the boat before it goes on the car. But regular rinsing of the car itself is key too.

I have some nifty metal stands for the boat to sit on while it's being washed. They fold up and take virtually no space, but being metal they're heavy enough to be stable even when the wind is quite gusty.

Rob

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11 months 6 days ago #32633 by Bill L
Replied by Bill L on topic Roof rust from wet ski
I just use a 16 year old car that is pretty much only used for driving to & from the SS launch areas. It is gradually turning into a salt encrusted hunk of rust (but the engine is sound and it runs great!).

Maybe when the body rusts away I will reconstruct it with duct tape.
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