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Old 05-04-2010, 02:08 PM   #1
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rust on fenders, repair or replace?

Ok, so my 98' has rust spots on both front fenders. One side is through the fender and the other side is catching up fast. The area is about 4" diameter on the worst side and 3" on the slightly better side.
I was quoted around $300ish from a "come to you" body guy for repairs that I found on Craigslist. Would this last??????
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I found someone selling replacement steel fenders for $125/ea locally on Craigslist and then have them painted.

How hard is it to remove and replace the front fenders? I am a fairly handy guy and would rather do things myself unless it does not make sense.

Thanks for thoughts.
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Instead of fixing mine I went the other route and tossed on the MCE flattie fenders. When you install the flatties you cut off most of the front fenders so my rust was in the area of the cutting so it worked perfectly for me. I also like the look. Check into that

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First be real careful about come to you body work, in order to repair rust thru the metal needs to be cut out and a patch panel welded in than the surrounding areas treated and obviously plastic, prime and painting. A guy working out of the back of his truck probably cannot do this job correctly and please don't just let someone just bondo it up.
The cost of aftermarket fenders are about 270 each new and whether you replace or repair you will have to paint. Finally the job itself is not hard but is time consuming and can be frustrating if you have never done body work.
Hope this info helps, I own a paint and body shop as well as a Rhino Lining dealership, glad to offer advice.
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