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Old 07-20-2010, 09:12 PM
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Hey guys, need some technical advice, My 06 is showing some bubbling paint on the drivers side rear wheel well, right where sheet metal curves to go into wheel well above tire, what I would like some advice on is that I have purchased some fender flares and am having them painted to match the truck, if i put these on would that keep wheel wells from getting worse or just cover them up? Unfortunatley due to current financial issues I really don't have the extra $400 to have them repaint these 3 small area's each is like a dime or less in size, but am concerned if i don't have it taken care of that it will rust out behind the wheel well, and I am not sure I want that either. Should I just lightly sand the affected areas, put a coat of primer on them and then cover with flares, or just bite the bullet and pay to have it repainted and repaired? Any and all ideas would be of great help to me, as i am totally confused as what to do at this point.

I've included a couple of pic's, for refrence, trucks a bit dirty but you can see the bubble on 1 pic and where i put touch up paint on the other, the orange color isn't the paint its from the flash
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that sucks. IMHO i wouldnt cover it up. for all you know there could be rust behind that. you would prob kick yourself later. if it will be hidden then maybe try sanding it down and get some color match paint. at least that way willl be a little cheaper and you will be able to see what your working with. good luck
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I agree, I wouldn't cover it up, either. Better to go ahead and repair it now than later, sand it down, apply a good primer and some color matched paint as mentioned already. Check with some of your local auto parts stores, they should have the stuff you need and it won't cost you an arm and a leg, but good luck and keep us posted!

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What about the factory rust warranty it might cover it
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I am going to check into the rust warranty, however the manual states its only covered if there is a hole through the sheet metal, not just surface rust. Anyways, I will sand it down and touch up with new primer and color match at least to help it from going all the way through. Thanks Everyone
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I have the same situation with my 03. I am going the flare route, but prior to install I'm going to remove the bubbles and apply Rust Bullet. The stuff is supposed to stop rust in its tracks. Anyone ever use it?
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I am going to check into the rust warranty, however the manual states its only covered if there is a hole through the sheet metal, not just surface rust. Anyways, I will sand it down and touch up with new primer and color match at least to help it from going all the way through. Thanks Everyone
Our area rep from Chrysler has approved several repairs for the same problem you have. It really depends on the service manager and Chrysler rep where you live.
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If Chrysler won't do anything for ya do something to stop it . It will only get worse . There are several things you can do . If I didn't have the money to get it fixed correctly I would sand it down to bear metal , try and remove as much rust as possible . Use a rust convertor , like Eastwood's Rust convertor . Stuff really does work . Then I would go to your local parts store and purchase some Dupli color touch up paint and clear . Hopefully you can work in a tight enough area that once this repair is complete that it will be covered up with the new flares . The repair will look ok just not 100% professional .
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I have the same situation with my 03. I am going the flare route, but prior to install I'm going to remove the bubbles and apply Rust Bullet. The stuff is supposed to stop rust in its tracks. Anyone ever use it?
not sure what brand it was but my brother got some stuff for the frame on his truck. the stuff worked great. however, if you sand it down to bare metal and there is no more rust then the stuff will not work properly and it will stay a little soft.
we actually took a thin peice of rust off the frame and sprayed it and the next morning the stuff had penetrated through the rust and it was like new.
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It would just cover up the issue vs. fixing it or stopping the spread.

I'd get that sanded down beyond the bubbled area, remove what is under there causing the bubble (it could be rust) then prime and respray before you put on your flares.

If ya don't do that, eventually the bubbling will spread and you'll begin to see it in the paint above the flare line.
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