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Old 02-14-2012, 12:15 PM   #1
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help with rust

Here's what upstate NY does to your Jeep with all of the salt nonsense.

Any suggestions of how I can patch this area? Its the eating away behind the fender flare extension along the side( right in front of the door).
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Old 02-14-2012, 12:15 PM   #2
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Iv had salt all over mine for about a week now, Im gunna get it off soon.....

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Old 02-14-2012, 12:29 PM   #3
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Iv had salt all over mine for about a week now, Im gunna get it off soon.....
Me too. I just sprayed mine off yesterday and then they salted the dang roads again today.
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Old 02-14-2012, 12:41 PM   #4
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i have a hole in the front passenger fender and itts about the size of a quarter. any ideas on how much it would cost to fix/ replace???
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Just kidding. I treated my jeep with Rust-Oleum rust reformer, but if I lived where they salted the roads I would use POR-15 to treat the rust and keep it from spreading. POR15, Inc. - Stop Rust Permanently - Repair Gas & Fuel Tanks
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Old 02-14-2012, 01:25 PM   #6
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In my area they love salt, it seems like it's pasted to everything from Oct to April, I just wash it occasionally and in summer paint the heck out of it. For that area I'd remove the plastic, sand it with a strong grit, prime, paint. Those fenders need some Krylon fusion too
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Old 02-14-2012, 01:45 PM   #7
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Here's what upstate NY does to your Jeep with all of the salt nonsense.

Any suggestions of how I can patch this area? Its the eating away behind the fender flare extension along the side( right in front of the door).
You can grind, patch, and treat, then repaint. Realistically replacing the fender is the best option. I replaced both of my front fenders on my 97. They come right off, no special tools needed. A little bit of patience where the fender meets the tub, but not bad at all. I bought new fenders already painted on eBay. Fit perfect, look great.
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Old 02-14-2012, 03:11 PM   #8
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Is it rusted all the way through at all? Seems like you could pull the flair, grind down, hit it with a thin layer of bondo, re-spray and call it a day.

I definitely don't miss the salt and snow.
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Old 02-14-2012, 03:35 PM   #9
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You can grind, patch, and treat, then repaint. Realistically replacing the fender is the best option. I replaced both of my front fenders on my 97. They come right off, no special tools needed. A little bit of patience where the fender meets the tub, but not bad at all. I bought new fenders already painted on eBay. Fit perfect, look great.
That part of the body isn't connected to the fender though so replacing them wont do much good..
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My best suggestion is to remove the fender flares and sand, fill, prime and paint it before something falls off
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I treated my jeep with Rust-Oleum rust reformer, but if I lived where they salted the roads I would use POR-15 to treat the rust and keep it from spreading. POR15, Inc. - Stop Rust Permanently - Repair Gas & Fuel Tanks
Best suggestion yet I would recommend the same.
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Old 02-14-2012, 06:36 PM   #12
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If it is rot you will need to cut out the cancer and weld in a patch.. only way to fix rust properly IMO..
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If it is rot you will need to cut out the cancer and weld in a patch.. only way to fix rust properly IMO..
Yep! If you don't have a welding machine or the skills to do the work yourself and don't want to pay someone to do the welding repair, the next best option is to glass it. I loathe body filler! Filler is still somewhat porous, so unless you can seal both sides of the repair site, moisture and salt will still attack the patch and you will just rust around the repair. Once you've gotten rid of all the rust a good healthy coat of POR15 or similar is about all you can do being up north.

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