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Old 03-27-2013, 07:45 PM   #1
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Beat way to take out rust

Ok so like most tj's I've got some rust on the top of one of my fenders, it's about the size of the bottom of a coke can, what's the best way to take that out, also the cheapest. Would it just be best to take it to a body shop and let them handle it? Also any ideas on how much that'll run? The rust luckily isn't through all the way yet, it's just surface with bubbling paint but still all probably needs to be cut out.
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Old 03-27-2013, 08:04 PM   #2
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a body shop will charge you like 750 bucks for that(might be a slight exaggeration but it will be a rip off)...my advise is put a add on cregs list if you dont know what your doing..


you have to cut the mettle out and put a new piece in

wish you could just bondo it and paint but dont work like that unfortunately

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Old 03-27-2013, 08:14 PM   #3
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a body shop will charge you like 750 bucks for that(might be a slight exaggeration but it will be a rip off)...my advise is put a add on cregs list if you dont know what your doing..

you have to cut the mettle out and put a new piece in

wish you could just bondo it and paint but dont work like that unfortunately
Lol, yeah i dont think so. Thats a 2.0hour fix with probly 1.0hour teardown and 1.5 hr paint time. $350 should get that done. And nothing is a "ripoff" if its done right. Theres no need to cut the metal out. That small of a spot can be sanded then treated, a little glaze of polyester putty sanded, primed then painted. Thats a one day fix for a competent body shop
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its small but a bad spot... but its been a 7 years since i did any body work.. and that was just a podunk shop class in HS.. take that guys word over mine.. still expensive in my book tho
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its small but a bad spot... but its been a 7 years since i did any body work.. and that was just a podunk shop class in HS.. take that guys word over mine.. still expensive in my book tho
It's genially not as bad as your making it out to be, I don't think it'll run that much.
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Old 03-27-2013, 09:05 PM   #6
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Just scrape off the top layer of paint around it sand off any rust, put some por-15 over it and then some touch-up paint using the color code of your vehicle.
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Old 03-27-2013, 09:19 PM   #7
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Just scrape off the top layer of paint around it sand off any rust, put some por-15 over it and then some touch-up paint using the color code of your vehicle.
This spot is caused from below... by a poor design from Jeep. More than likely you are going to need a small sheet metal patch welded in. Ask me how I know. Good luck.
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Yup, we all know about that spot.
Fortunately, yours doesnt look too bad yet. Hasnt gone all the way through.

Dig it out, fill it in with your filler of choice, and touch it up.
Or prime it and put some armor over it.
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This spot is caused from below... by a poor design from Jeep. More than likely you are going to need a small sheet metal patch welded in. Ask me how I know. Good luck.
Well heck might as well just buy nice new fenders. I recommend metal cloaks arched tube fender, nicest I've ever found.
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I just replaced my whole fender. The rust was a little worse than yours though, I was able to force my finger through and picked enough rust away to leave a little hole. I bought a cheapo new fender Bedlined it and bed lined the good old one Good as new and looks good as well
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I thought i only had surface rust when i bought my 01' last summer and was gonna fix it myself this spring which was the plan. Turns out I was wrong after checking more and decided to get my bodyman to fix both fenders. For me its more cost effective to simply fix vs replacing. To buy new primed fenders would run 400$ a piece(not including shipping and painting. No junk yards where i live up north and shipping is killer too so paying 400$ to weld, paint/clearcoat and under coat with rock guard afterwards is my only option. Tho i have faith with the guy doing the work since he fixed a previous truck of mine.
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I thought i only had surface rust when i bought my 01' last summer and was gonna fix it myself this spring which was the plan. Turns out I was wrong after checking more and decided to get my bodyman to fix both fenders. For me its more cost effective to simply fix vs replacing. To buy new primed fenders would run 400$ a piece(not including shipping and painting. No junk yards where i live up north and shipping is killer too so paying 400$ to weld, paint/clearcoat and under coat with rock guard afterwards is my only option. Tho i have faith with the guy doing the work since he fixed a previous truck of mine.
I just bought a cheap-o Replacement fender for about 100. It came with black primer which I just scuffed and Bedlined it for a total of less than 150 and a days worth of painting removing the old and putting the new on ( it was a pita but worth it in the end. Then I moved on to the good old fender and removed it and Bedlined it like the new one and good as new and looks awesome too.
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I just bought a cheap-o Replacement fender for about 100. It came with black primer which I just scuffed and Bedlined it for a total of less than 150 and a days worth of painting removing the old and putting the new on ( it was a pita but worth it in the end. Then I moved on to the good old fender and removed it and Bedlined it like the new one and good as new and looks awesome too.
As they say location location location. I live like 10 hours (by drive) north from the US/Canada Border so like I said, shipping anything up here is killer. No options available.
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check out eastwood. They have a kit for filling in small holes. Basically drill it out, put a patch on the back side with adhesive, sand it, fill it, paint it.
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That rust is from a Northern Salt Belt car. It is actually rusting from underneath. There is a double panel under the fender to give it strength and the salt collects under there and starts the corrosion process. Cutting it our or replacing the fender is the only way to go. Sanding, bondo, paint will only lead to rust quickly returning. I replaced both of my fenders.
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Ok well it doesn't seem too bad then, at least I'll have something to do for the next few days now!
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MCE fenders, problem solved.
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MCE fenders, problem solved.
X2. My plan exactly, and mine aren't nearly that bad. Just a couple spots on the drivers side. Look better, no more worries about hitting them, lighter weight, etc.
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MCE fenders, problem solved.
Yeah I could see that being a fix. Kinda wish they made complete plastic fender replica's which would restore that original look vs the MCE fender style.
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Yeah I could see that being a fix. Kinda wish they made complete plastic fender replica's which would restore that original look vs the MCE fender style.
I see it as they are the original look, meaning older Jeeps. Nothing is for everyone, you just have to figure out what's for you at what cost.
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I see it as they are the original look, meaning older Jeeps. Nothing is for everyone, you just have to figure out what's for you at what cost.
I hear ya. I wasnt putting down MCE fenders. I should said "back to original stock look" just to clarify.

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