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I need to fix some rust.

I just got my Sunbird back from the shop and am planning on fixing some rust that has formed on the car before it gets worse. Now I've never done this before so I was wondering if anyone had any tips or tricks or just general advice / walkthrough's for me. Most of it is just the paint has become flakey and chipped away with rust formed underneath. If its not that then its blistering in places. So guys, help me please.
 

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sand it down until its shiny, the seal, prime, paint clearcoat, if you can't get it shiny cut it out and weld in some new metal.
 

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hand held sand blaster blast that dam rust if holes appear then weld in a patch!!
 

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i'm in the middle of 2 very different rust spot repairs on my Z right now.. one is simply surface rust where the paint bubbled up and chipped away.. Under that one is alot of pitting but still good metal. In that case i'm using a small sandblaster to take all the rust off down to bare metal, coating it with a good primer (rustoleum) and then some putty cote to smooth it all out, sanded to 320 grit, primered painted and polished.

the other spot has rusted through, in that case i sandblasted the area, welded in new steel, used the angle grinder to get the shape back and then primered, putty-coated, sanded, painted etc...

I always put in 3-4 coats of paint and then wet sand it down to 2000 grit, then polish it to a nice shine.

good luck :)
 

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srry bout the short n sweet on what to do lol was a lil bit high chemical paint stripper n forgot to open the garage door ooops :-?
 

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psquare75 said:
This is the only right way to do it.. and even then, I hacked the hell out of this.. It's presentable and worked, good enough.

<LINK_TEXT text="http://s9.photobucket.com/albums/a72/ps ... er%20Rust/">http://s9.photobucket.com/albums/a72/psquare75/Cavalier%20Rust/</LINK_TEXT>
thats what i would of done, but just a little less of a hack job....and please please tell me you filled it all in with weld, because the way that looks you didn't and it won't last.

ya but otherwise, it all depends on how bad the rust is. if its all the way through or pitted than weld in patch. also depends on were it is(where is it by the way?). you don't want to put to much heat to an outside sheet metal surface because then you will be worrying about warpage and to be honest that is the worst to deal with.
 

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andystepper said:
psquare75 said:
This is the only right way to do it.. and even then, I hacked the hell out of this.. It's presentable and worked, good enough.

<LINK_TEXT text="http://s9.photobucket.com/albums/a72/ps ... er%20Rust/">http://s9.photobucket.com/albums/a72/psquare75/Cavalier%20Rust/</LINK_TEXT>
thats what i would of done, but just a little less of a hack job....and please please tell me you filled it all in with weld, because the way that looks you didn't and it won't last.

ya but otherwise, it all depends on how bad the rust is. if its all the way through or pitted than weld in patch. also depends on were it is(where is it by the way?). you don't want to put to much heat to an outside sheet metal surface because then you will be worrying about warpage and to be honest that is the worst to deal with.
tack welds are fine, thats what seam sealer is for. :wink:
 

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psquare75 said:
andystepper said:
psquare75 said:
This is the only right way to do it.. and even then, I hacked the hell out of this.. It's presentable and worked, good enough.

<LINK_TEXT text="http://s9.photobucket.com/albums/a72/ps ... er%20Rust/">http://s9.photobucket.com/albums/a72/psquare75/Cavalier%20Rust/</LINK_TEXT>
thats what i would of done, but just a little less of a hack job....and please please tell me you filled it all in with weld, because the way that looks you didn't and it won't last.

ya but otherwise, it all depends on how bad the rust is. if its all the way through or pitted than weld in patch. also depends on were it is(where is it by the way?). you don't want to put to much heat to an outside sheet metal surface because then you will be worrying about warpage and to be honest that is the worst to deal with.
tack welds are fine, thats what seam sealer is for. :wink:
but still not done the proper way :-?
 
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