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Unread 03-11-2013, 02:07 PM   #1
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Por 15 on damaged rocker behind rocker sliders?

I have another post but realized the title is a little off..this is more appropriate.


Help..haha so I took my rockers off, I am going to buy some with a step. I was over the diamond plate, want a smooth surface rocker, it looks more like a clean look. At least to me. SO, after hell ripping these damn things off, which were put on with black caulking..this is whats left over.

Tips of removing the left over adhesive..and which steps are best to take before putting new rockers on? There is damage on both sides (bent in) so I don't know if a gasket or something along the lines is necessary or would work..I read a bit on POR-15 which i conveniently have a lot of sitting in the garage from my dad..should I just paint over the area and put the new rockers on? I don't ever plan to run without rockers. Also, different holes are going to be put in the body for the new rockers.thanks guys

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Unread 03-11-2013, 02:32 PM   #2
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The most important thing is to do your best to KILL or slow the rust. If not taken care of it will only grow faster covered up by the new rocker gaurds. There are a few ways to stop the rust like sand-blasting,grinding and cutting out the bad metal and welding in new. Scraping off the old caulk and seeing what is left is a good start. I prefer to have a good epoxy primer under all areas that will corrosion prone. As salt water will get between the body and new rocker gaurds. So the back of the rocker gaurd will need to be protected also.
A steel scraper will help to remove the caulk. You can have a pair of rocker guards made at a steel fabrcation shop. Or buy a ready made set. Once they are mounted up a tiny bead of silicone caulk around the whole perimiter will help seal out moisture from entering. Sadly nothing stops rust. Maybe not driving in the winter.

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Unread 03-11-2013, 02:41 PM   #3
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The most important thing is to do your best to KILL or slow the rust. If not taken care of it will only grow faster covered up by the new rocker gaurds. There are a few ways to stop the rust like sand-blasting,grinding and cutting out the bad metal and welding in new. Scraping off the old caulk and seeing what is left is a good start. I prefer to have a good epoxy primer under all areas that will corrosion prone. As salt water will get between the body and new rocker gaurds. So the back of the rocker gaurd will need to be protected also.
A steel scraper will help to remove the caulk. You can have a pair of rocker guards made at a steel fabrcation shop. Or buy a ready made set. Once they are mounted up a tiny bead of silicone caulk around the whole perimiter will help seal out moisture from entering. Sadly nothing stops rust. Maybe not driving in the winter.

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There is minimal rust right now around where the holes were drilled and the paint is chipped around the hole. Other than that there really isn't rust. But while taking these off the paint got scraped and now there are bare metal spots. That's why I was thinking of just putting por 15 over it (after cleaning it all off). I can't really put caulk around the perimeter of the new rockers because the body is dented so they aren't going to be a flat snug fit on the body..So I guess my question is really just can i simply clean the body area off as best I can and painting it with por 15? Thanks for your input
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Unread 03-11-2013, 02:57 PM   #4
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I consider myself a bit of a POR-15 expert. Sad because it means I have dealt with alot of rust. POR-15 actually "binds" better to rust then to clean metal. With clean metal, you need to use an etcher which can be purchased from them as well.

For your application, I'd clean it all up to bare metal (doesn't have to be perfect), etch it then POR-15. After the POR-15 has dried, rough it up with a fine grit sand paper, then spray a few coats of whatever paint you want. That way you've got a few layers of protection.

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Maybe my eyes are tired but that sure looks like rust at the front an back and around the bolt holes.
Make a plate to back up against the new rocker guards so it sandwiches the original body back into shape. Tighten the mounting bolts and all will be straight.

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Maybe my eyes are tired but that sure looks like rust at the front an back and around the bolt holes.
Make a plate to back up against the new rocker guards so it sandwiches the original body back into shape. Tighten the mounting bolts and all will be straight.

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The pictures are actually decieving..I took these pics as soon as I got the rockers off..those spots are actually just dirt that wiped right off. I will take you plate idea though. Thanks
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I consider myself a bit of a POR-15 expert. Sad because it means I have dealt with alot of rust. POR-15 actually "binds" better to rust then to clean metal. With clean metal, you need to use an etcher which can be purchased from them as well.

For your application, I'd clean it all up to bare metal (doesn't have to be perfect), etch it then POR-15. After the POR-15 has dried, rough it up with a fine grit sand paper, then spray a few coats of whatever paint you want. That way you've got a few layers of protection.

Good luck!
Sounds simple enough to do! I just wanted to make sure I was going to be able to fix the scrapes that will come about getting the caulking off This plan seems to be the best option. Thanks!
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