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post #1 of 14 Old 06-21-2021, 01:36 AM Thread Starter
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Luggage rack welding needed?

Any members in the Los Angeles area or close by that can weld? I have a roof rack that needs minor welding to prep for powder coating. It’s not major and doesn’t have to be perfect. So far, any local shop wants too much or tries to sell me on them making an entirely new one. Not happening! I just need some rusted areas cut out and new pieces welded back in their places.

Can I grind them off myself and use some sort of product to fill those rust gaps? Then paint over that? Sorry but don’t know anything about welding. Just know the job is not a huge repair one. Thought I’d ask but will keep looking for a local shop.

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I don't live on LA but pictures would help other to decide.


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I will post pics shortly! I posted this late last night when I was making a list of “To Do’s”.
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This is the right rear (passenger) corner. It is simply a curved piece of 1/8" or 3/16" sheet metal that's bent on both sides between the square bars. I can grind it off but simply want to replace it and then paint or powder coat it before it gets worse. Like I said, shops around here want too much. Wondering if I can remove and screw in a curved piece? Then use JB Weld or something in between the gaps?
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Blast and paint it and be done.

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This is the right rear (passenger) corner. It is simply a curved piece of 1/8" or 3/16" sheet metal that's bent on both sides between the square bars. I can grind it off but simply want to replace it and then paint or powder coat it before it gets worse. Like I said, shops around here want too much. Wondering if I can remove and screw in a curved piece? Then use JB Weld or something in between the gaps?
Grinding off the welds and screwing in a new piece would work. You can use self tapping screws.

You could also sand blast it and fix any holes and paint over it.
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Grinding off the welds and screwing in a new piece would work. You can use self tapping screws.

You could also sand blast it and fix any holes and paint over it.
If I blast it, what is recommended material to fix the holes? I'm sure if I grind I will go through that metal section where it is rusted. I can paint it with POR-15 afterwards but I want to fill in the hole or corrosion areas first?
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A drill with a wire brush may be just as effective as blasting if that is all the rust you have. I'd treat it first and then fill it in. A tube of plastic metal should be all you need to fill it in if holes appear. If not spot filler will work.

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When I look at that rack, I think that would be the perfect project to learn how to weld.
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Don’t have anything welding as far as equipment. I’d like to redo some areas to improve the design if I could. Before I go fully forward, I’ll look around and see if I can find equipment that’s reasonable for small side jobs?
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Welding will payoff in the long term if you own a Jeep. I think it would be money and time well spent.
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Started prepping that rust area and it turns out it has rusted through in a couple areas at this corner. So I sanded those areas (open holes now) and filed things down. Sprayed some rust etch paint, metal primer and some black spray paint. I decided to make corner replacement pieces and simply remove that old piece. But for now, I bought myself some time by prepping it. Those pieces are 11” x 4” with a 3/4” bend on both sides so I’ll make 4 and have the others for future repairs. So glad I didn’t have it blasted and powder coated. That rust was in between the metal and well hidden.
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Do those corners HAVE to be solid? You could simply cut the bad parts out symmetrically, and repaint. Probably never have to worry about it again?

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Do those corners HAVE to be solid? You could simply cut the bad parts out symmetrically, and repaint. Probably never have to worry about it again?

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No, they don't but it's really only that corner. Interesting idea though!
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