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Old 11-07-2009, 11:11 PM
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By golly, I am about ready to start detailing my truck when it occurs to me. I have GOT to get to my rust problem before it gets worse [already out of control]. You would almost never know it from looking at my truck.

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Here are my fenders!
This one is where the most visible damage is. Above the center of the fender flare.


The rest look great.



Consider those the befores.

During the removal, they looked like this






And furthermore, with the paint removed and the rust exposed.






And rust under the doors... and on them





Needless to say I spend the day removing flares, removing paint, sanding, prepping, taping and ultimately coating the rust spots with a rust stopping paint. The flares will go and I will be hitting the lower rockers and rust spots in the near future with something of that nature as well. It isn't pretty to say the least having 3 or so spots exposed like that. Not sure yet if I am going to pursue using a color that is close to my truck or just leaving it.

If you have flares similar to mine, it would be advantageous to remove them and stop the rust before you can see it creeping above the flares, as I now have on my drivers side.
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Old 11-07-2009, 11:26 PM
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Holy crap...you got some work ahead of ya there, Luke.

Stop the rust with POR-15. That stuff is fantastic.

Have fun with your project!
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Old 11-07-2009, 11:44 PM
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Oh that is so sad!!! You can rebuild her...the bionic truck!
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Yikes, definitely looks like some work there, bro. Were the fender flares there when you got it? Just makes me wonder if someone wasn't covering that up before they sold it, 'cause otherwise, it's a nice lookin' truck! Good luck with getting it fixed man!

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Wow , the fender flares hide alot .
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OUCH! that hurts to look at; I never knew they would cover that much and cause so much damage. I'd say stop the rust and maybe carve out the worst of the expanded rust then fiberglass it smooth; especially if you're planning on keeping the flares off.
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You don't think the flares caused the rust problem do ya . May have contributed but what about the cab / rocker panels / bed corners . Can't lay all the blame on the flares . Looks like something acidic was introduced and started doing it's thing . Where I work , the soil is horrible from the raw product shipped in . You should see the company trucks ! Almost rotted away to nothing .
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You don't think the flares caused the rust problem do ya . May have contributed but what about the cab / rocker panels / bed corners . Can't lay all the blame on the flares . Looks like something acidic was introduced and started doing it's thing . Where I work , the soil is horrible from the raw product shipped in . You should see the company trucks ! Almost rotted away to nothing .
I don't blame the flares at all.

But I do suggest looking under them. In Michigan, we have corrosive salts and chemicals getting slung into the wells all the time. So I have expected this. I just hope it can be avoided for most people by catching it early.
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I had an '01 Dakota that did the same thing along with rusting under the windows and door handles. Kept up with maintenance and cleaning, just occurred within a two month period. Have been told the fenders are notorious for this.
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Hey Luke, just wondering how the repairs went and if the POR-15 did the job. Any pics?
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