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Unread Today, 10:17 AM   #1
pbiancardi
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Am I crazy or can I fix this halfway decent?

I have some rust in two spots, one is the bottom of both doors (rocker panels are clean, doors only) and the passenger front panel.

I was going to pay a body shop $400.00 to repair but bolstered by my POR-15 floor pan repair I am thinking maybe I can do this myself (and I am worried that the body shop might just cover it without treating it and end up coming back).

Can I just wire brush and POR-15 the affected areas and then cover? For the front panel I would hit it with color matched paint (or something close) and for the door I am thinking just tape off a line below the trim and plasti dip everything below it including the rocker panels. Will the plasti dip protect the unrusted areas?

I dont want it to look totally rigged up but if I can save a few bucks and know that the rust is gone for good I would be happy.


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Get rid of the rust and POR-15 then bedline the rockers and door lowers. Your plan for the front is probably the best way to go. Even if it stands out a little who cares if it eliminates the rust.
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That was my thought, rather have something semi-ugly and fixed than shiny and new with rust waiting to reappear. Bedliner would work better than plasti dip? I have both sitting in my garage anyway...
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Plastidip peels off and doesn't do much for protection. Bedliner will help keep moisture out and is harder to scratch.
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Put phosphoric acid over top off the cleaned up rust before you paint it, it kills off any remaining rust pockets in the metal.
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