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Old 09-25-2013, 12:08 PM
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paint bubbles or rust through?

first and foremost, fixing rust and repainting is much much more time and patience than tools. I've seen rattle can jobs that are incredible, and shop jobs that made me scream and run. Time, patience. more Time....

Step 1 if there's still metal left, sand/scrape as best you can. wire brush is fine, there are lots of tools available. then coat with rust converting jelly/spray. do that a couple times to make sure you got it all. Mix up some bondo - again the brand is far less important than surface prep. and fill in the bumps. then sand smooth, fill in gaps, sand smooth. repeat until your eyes bleed. then give it a light coat of spray primer. any lines you missed will show up right now. sand smooth and add bondo if necessary. sand and smooth. spray again. sand smooth. once you can put a coat of primer on and see nothing, you're there.

Now paint. get the best match you can. If it's a not highly visible area, often duplicolor is pretty darn good. if you have access to your own spray gun, have some paint mixed up for you. build up a coat of primer or 4. painting is just like body filling, only using much finer sandpaper. spray a coat of paint. many thin coats is better than one or two thick ones. paint, very lightly sand. repeat until you can't stand it.

buff it out with a good polish, then wax it up. give your fingers a chance to reattach themselves to your hands, and crack a cold one.

if there's holes in the metal - might be better to go to a body shop and have them cut out the bad stuff and replace the metal. then grind it smooth for you - then see step 1

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