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Brig 07-28-2013 09:01 PM

Rusted Out Fender...Repair Possible?
 
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Stuck my head under the wheel well today and noticed this for the first time...haven't been able to examine it too closely, when I bought the Jeep well, for the price, it ran, didn't waste time

Hole is now much larger, the whole rusty area was useless. See it's close to the edge. Possible to repair this, or should I not bother trying? A lot of guys are recommending tube fenders, but it seems most require using the fender and, as we can see, the fender stability is compromised.

PitViper 07-28-2013 09:59 PM

Anything is fixable. Just depends on how good with tools you are and what you have at your disposal.

Id say you could cut the rusted area out and then weld in a new piece of sheet metal and paint it. Or if you dont have a welder you could cut the piece out and rivet a new piece over the section.

If it was me id at least use a grinder and clean up as much rust as possible then cut the out the center thats just to far gone. And depending on how much support is lost either patch it with a sheet of metal or fill with bondo. Then do a thick coat of rustoleum.

It doesnt look like it would be to much trouble now but with rust the longer its put off the worse it gets.

Brig 07-28-2013 10:02 PM

probably a 3-4" tall hole now...don't have a welder. Where can you get stock paint?

PitViper 07-28-2013 10:16 PM

Yeah that shouldnt be a problem then. As for the stock paint I couldnt really tell ya. I know Pep Boys carries different colors with the codes to match to your vehicle. Check under the driver seat or the drivers door for the actual paint color code. It will be labeled as PNT:***. That way you can match it.

PitViper 07-28-2013 10:18 PM

A quick google search pulled up this site that sells factory paint that they match with your vin #.

Jeep Factory original Spray paint

Brig 07-28-2013 10:20 PM

Possible problem is it's right near the flare, will bondo harden enough to support a flare? Thinking of wire mesh then bondo, then hitting it with paint

Thanks for the link...every site I found seemed to say 'approximate'

TheJeepKing 07-28-2013 11:16 PM

If your looking for an exact match to the stock paint quadratec sells touch up paint, may be a lil pricey though

uponone789 07-28-2013 11:52 PM

I found a set of take off fenders on craigslist for $50 and had a friend paint them for me. I wouldn't deal with the rust until I found a replacement - I think it would look better in the long run and you wouldn't have to deal with additional rust that you don't see now in the future.

PStov98TJ 07-29-2013 12:04 AM

I could be seeing it wrong, but couldn't you just get a set of metalcloak fenders? They replace the entire fender. Pricey, but if you can't weld, it'll look the best in my opinion. I'm not a big fan of bondo. Unless you're real good with it, it's hard to make it look really good.

Sccafire 07-29-2013 12:07 AM

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Originally Posted by PStov98TJ (Post 4014325)
I could be seeing it wrong, but couldn't you just get a set of metalcloak fenders? They replace the entire fender. Pricey, but if you can't weld, it'll look the best in my opinion. I'm not a big fan of bondo. Unless you're real good with it, it's hard to make it look really good.

I was thinking the same thing. Sounds like a good excuse for new flat fenders.

Brig 07-29-2013 12:26 AM

600 bucks...pricey is right! Damn...maybe if they come on sale.

Flat fenders? I can only find flat fender flares. Looked into tube fenders...but they seem to require mods, which I think the rust still hinders, and not sure they come out far enough to be legal

Can find a fender, primered, for 100 on eBay. Contemplating getting one and bed lining the fenders, cowl, and part of the hood that's sun spotted. Might go that route and try bondo on the old one just for practice with bondo, teach myself something new

PitViper 07-29-2013 12:28 AM

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Originally Posted by Brig (Post 4013877)
Possible problem is it's right near the flare, will bondo harden enough to support a flare? Thinking of wire mesh then bondo, then hitting it with paint

Thanks for the link...every site I found seemed to say 'approximate'

Oops totally spaced on that. Yeah youll need to put some mesh in there other wise youll need a whole bunch of bondo. lol. After thinking about it a little more though, fiberglass on top of the mesh would work alot better than using the bondo.

I mean bondo does provide alot of strength but the fiberglass will be stronger with only needing to be a fraction of the thickness.

Brig 07-29-2013 12:33 AM

I know nothing about fiberglass...guess it's a chance to learn. These patches strong enough to support flares and such? It's my biggest concern

Smokin Joe 11-02-2013 10:02 PM

I'd just change them out. I just bought two fenders off ebay to replace the rusty ones. They were here within the week and fit the Jeep real nicely! I fit them today and now have to have them painted. The best bart was they were 200.00 ror the two of them and the shipping was free. These fenders are getting a POR15 treatment on the underside then I'm going to rust proof them with a rubberized undercoat.

bluevr6 11-02-2013 10:07 PM

What about the guys in the base Autoshop?

Used to be plenty of knowledge and help there.

Brig 11-08-2013 02:18 PM

I picked up a driver fender off eBay. Just going to bedline my fenders, hit the underside with Eastwood rubberized undercoating, and swap it out


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