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Unread 02-12-2013, 02:31 PM   #1
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Surface rust help

A month or so ago I rear ended someone and one of my fog light bent back and dented the fender, chipping some paint off. (Didn't know those lights were so tough). Well now some surface rust has developed. Not bad, but enough that it needs to be addressed. My dad said we should take the whole fender off and reliant it. But I don't see why it should be that involved. Can't I just sand down the area that's rusted and a little around it and just get some touch up paint for it?

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Unread 02-12-2013, 10:06 PM   #2
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You could go either way. I think your dads way is a lot more geared towards fixing it and preventing it while yours is just a fixing method. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong. A little story, about two months ago I was learning stick in my CJ7 (learned in a 2000 Wrangler so it's a tad different) well I pulled up to close behind my mom and didn't let out the clutch in time to reverse and tapped her rear bumper, no damage to either vehicle but my fog light bent back. I took it off and just rotated he rubber washer and it was better than before. Hey really are pretty durable.
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Unread 02-13-2013, 06:10 PM   #3
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You shouldn't need to remove the fender, however, you need to repair it correctly or rust will work its way onto and thru the fender.
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Unread 02-13-2013, 06:42 PM   #4
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Repairing it your way will work as far as preventing further rust goes. But the repair will show. Even proffessional bodymen have a hard time matching a spot repair like that. They prefer to paint the whole panel.
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Unread 02-13-2013, 07:20 PM   #5
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I'm not worried about how it looks. But you guys think a spot repair won't be as good?

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Unread 02-17-2013, 10:51 AM   #6
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Spot repair is fine,as long as all the rust is ground out. The paint can be blended in successfully ,I've done it thousands of times.
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Unread 02-17-2013, 10:52 AM   #7
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Spot repair is fine,as long as all the rust is ground out. The paint can be blended in successfully ,I've done it thousands of times.
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Unread 02-17-2013, 10:53 AM   #8
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The main reason pros paint or more likely clear the whole panel is for warranty purpose . If just spotted in eventually around the edge of the paint the uv rays will make the edges show up . Burn back to to the thin edge of the paint.
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The main reason pros paint or more likely clear the whole panel is for warranty purpose . If just spotted in eventually around the edge of the paint the uv rays will make the edges show up . Burn back to to the thin edge of the paint.
Exactly my point. Spot repairs will show. The better you are at doing the repair the longer it will last (before it stands out). But that one spot on the vehicle will never be the same as the rest of the paint job. As long as the OP understands that then I'm sure he'll be fine with a spot repair.
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