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Old 01-15-2011, 02:48 PM   #1
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replace panels or fix rust?

I am looking into what would be a better route to go with. I have rust on my front two fender and on my rocker panels on both sides. I am pretty sure that the fenders need replaced either new or used because they are rusted through and have holes the size of tennis balls.
The rocker panels are not as bad one side may be almost through but the other looks like surface rust.
I figured that it would not be as hard to replace the front fenders but I have no clue on what kind of effort is involved in replacing the rocker panels.

Should I fix, replace or buy something to cover up the rust on the rocker panels? Any one have any ideas or had similar problems?

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Old 01-15-2011, 02:55 PM   #2
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I removed the rusty parts on my TJ rockers and used a rust encapsulator to try to prevent further rot and then used Rock Sliders to make it look nice again.

Fenders I'd replace if you have the spare cash but they aren't cheap. An inexpensive route would be bolt on tube fenders if you like the look and your inner portion of the fender is still good

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I am looking into what would be a better route to go with. I have rust on my front two fender and on my rocker panels on both sides. I am pretty sure that the fenders need replaced either new or used because they are rusted through and have holes the size of tennis balls.
The rocker panels are not as bad one side may be almost through but the other looks like surface rust.
I figured that it would not be as hard to replace the front fenders but I have no clue on what kind of effort is involved in replacing the rocker panels.

Should I fix, replace or buy something to cover up the rust on the rocker panels? Any one have any ideas or had similar problems?
I would suggest a repair for anything behind the front panels as the TJ is a unibody design. Of course meaning a replacement would entail almost complete disassembly. NEVER cover rust because this can trap moisture between the sufaxes and create more issues. Your best bet is to find a donor body to cut the section you need out. Simply remember the closer to a factory weld you keep your welds the better your project will turn out and the less visible your weld will be after paint.
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Old 01-15-2011, 03:25 PM   #4
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I replaced my fenders,not a bad job,just lots of unbolting stuff.Pop the hood and see what I mean,a lot of things fasten to the inside engine bay.I got brand new Mopar fenders of e-bay for under 300 bucks for the pair.Then of course you need to get them painted.On the rocker panels,I would do what J-10 suggested,cut the rust out,P.O.R the panels,then cover them up with aftermarket armor.I wouldnt be too concerned with covering things up on a Jeep,hell the whole thing is a water trap LOL!
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Old 01-15-2011, 03:45 PM   #5
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Thanks, I am going to look for either new fenders or used either from an old tj that is being parted out or buy new on the mopar site.

I plan on getting a new paint job regardless because the blue I have is scratched and lost its shine years ago. Thinking of going with a black.
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I would go for a set of tube fenders and let the body shop address the rocker panel issues when you have it painted.
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pictures would help as there are many grades of rust and advice will apply accordingly.

I have rust bubbles on my rears on either side of the tailgate due to the idiot previous owner installing euroguards w/ crappy non-treated screws. My solution will be to sand, POR-15, then raptor UPOL the whole lower 1/2 of the tub. I tried the rugged ridge corner guards but they are garbage and peeled off as soon as it got cold.

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