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Unread 07-18-2014, 11:27 AM   #1
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Found body filler, is this normal?

Hey guys,
I have a 1996 Cherokee Sport 4 door and have been doing some work to it recently. When I got it, it had the trim along the bottom of the doors, they were black rubber strips with a red stripe along them. I took them off because they were peeling on the drivers side, and I noticed when I removed the strips on the passenger side it pulled off some stuff underneath. It appears to be body filler of some sort. Looking at the holes underneath the door, there is solid metal with no rust along the entire door, and underneath the body filler, is fresh unpainted metal.

Is this normal?

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Unread 07-18-2014, 06:25 PM   #2
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I don't think body filler in that location is normal. More than likely a little fender bender at some point in the past.
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Unread 07-18-2014, 09:48 PM   #3
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I don't think body filler in that location is normal. More than likely a little fender bender at some point in the past.
Hmm. I'm not sure if I should scrape it all off, or leave it.
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Unread 07-19-2014, 08:50 AM   #4
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Based on the RUST damage visible in that pic.. Yes body filler is normal.
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Unread 07-19-2014, 08:55 AM   #5
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Based on the RUST damage visible in that pic.. Yes body filler is normal.
So just patch it back up and paint it?
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Unread 07-19-2014, 02:11 PM   #6
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Normal, yes.... Correct way of handling rust issues, NO. In reality the NORMAL way these problems get handled, is spray paints, sometimes there is some sanding involved.
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Unread 07-19-2014, 02:41 PM   #7
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Normal, yes.... Correct way of handling rust issues, NO. In reality the NORMAL way these problems get handled, is spray paints, sometimes there is some sanding involved.
Its light surface rust. If removing the body filler completely wont make the doors look weird(change the angle, or width etc), then I'll just do that, clean the metal, and paint it black.

Does your '96 have body filler on the bottom of the doors as well? Where the trim normally is.
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Unread 07-19-2014, 05:49 PM   #8
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From what I can see in your picture, the metal underneath looks pretty dinged up. My guess is that there was an accident at some point and someone hammered out the damage as best as possible and smoothed it over with body filler. If you leave it on there it will probably continue to rust underneath because moisture can get under the filler, especially now that there is an opening in it. Fixing it the right way would probably involve replacing the entire door or putting on a new lower door skin. I'd check out the other door/fender/whatever to see if anything else is the same way. I guess it all depends on how long you want it to last and how nice you want it to be.
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Unread 07-19-2014, 08:40 PM   #9
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From what I can see in your picture, the metal underneath looks pretty dinged up. My guess is that there was an accident at some point and someone hammered out the damage as best as possible and smoothed it over with body filler. If you leave it on there it will probably continue to rust underneath because moisture can get under the filler, especially now that there is an opening in it. Fixing it the right way would probably involve replacing the entire door or putting on a new lower door skin. I'd check out the other door/fender/whatever to see if anything else is the same way. I guess it all depends on how long you want it to last and how nice you want it to be.
The metal underneath is smooth and unfinished. The damage you can see is from me prying off the bondo. Its just some surface scratches. The picture doesn't really do much justice.
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Unread 08-05-2014, 08:18 PM   #10
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So I ended up cleaning the metal, and repairing it with 2 layers of bondo body filler. After that I sanded it down and sprayed it with black paint, then sanded that and coated the lower halves of the doors on both sides with bed liner. Not perfectly flat, but looks good.
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