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Rear Quarter Panel Repair**Need Advice

unfortunetly the worst part about my 94 si is that the previous owner got in a small accident but never bothered to get it fixed properly, so im left with a dented left rear quarter panel that is rusted out pretty badly. just patched it up with fiberglass but i was told by many autobody professionals that it wouldnt last more than 2 years. what are some permanent options besides welding in a new fender?? thx for the advice
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Re: Rear Quarter Panel Repair**Need Advice

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Re: Rear Quarter Panel Repair**Need Advice

You want the truth or a lie?

Truth - weld in a new panel. You can use front fenders, as the wheel arches are mirrors of the quarter panels. Use a driver fender to fix a passenger quarter panel, and a passenger fender to fix a driver quarter panel. Welding in a new panel is the most permanent option. I say "most permanent" because it is entirely possible for it to rot out again.

Lie - they're bullsh!tting you. Put more bondo on it and call it a day.
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Re: Rear Quarter Panel Repair**Need Advice

ya man phantom is right. fiberglass isnt gonna do anything.
unrealistic option 1: keep filling with fiberglass as it rots and eventually youll have a new quarter

realistic oprion 2: just get a new quarter/phantoms idea. only way to fix it. take it to a legit shop, because you probably cant weld/body work. and at least there they know what anti-corrosion measures to take
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Re: Rear Quarter Panel Repair**Need Advice

had a feeling there wasnt much of an option here. thx again for the advice. im probably gonna load it up with bondo just until i have enough money to get a panel welded in professionally
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Re: Rear Quarter Panel Repair**Need Advice

If you load it up with body filler, any shop is gonna charge you a small fortune to remove it all.
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Re: Rear Quarter Panel Repair**Need Advice

I have not done this kind of auto repair, but I have replaced a few panels before that required removing spot welds, and then welding them back in place. I have also used the panel adhesive for patch panels, and door skins where I needed to avoid war page. I have an AC TIG welder to reweld it, but I want to use the adhesive because the panel is the same color, and I want to avoid burning the existing paint, and not need to repaint anything other that the inside of the door, and up top where I need to redo the seam seal.

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Re: Rear Quarter Panel Repair**Need Advice

what is panel adhesive? does it look cleaner than bondo?
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Re: Rear Quarter Panel Repair**Need Advice

Do you have pictures of it?
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Re: Rear Quarter Panel Repair**Need Advice

Panel Adhesive is a two part "thick glue" meant for adhering panels to the frame were welding is not an option. Most common place used is in door to adhere the x frame or bar that runs the length of the door to the skin.
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Re: Rear Quarter Panel Repair**Need Advice

It is nothing like bondo and if your using actual bondo brand I would serious get some professional grade body filler as bondo is crap anyway. One great product commonly used is RAGE it is an amazing and smooth filler that doesn't "shrink" the way bondo can. Also for a more durable solution check out U-Pol Fibral it is a fiberglass filler. And incase you haven't guessed I am a Body Shop Tech. Everyone is right though you really should just replace but that depends on you and your situation in the end.
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Re: Rear Quarter Panel Repair**Need Advice

I only use RAGE Gold when it comes to body filler. It's so smooth and easy to work with compared to the crappy consistency that Bondo brand has. It also sands a million times better, and does the job right the FIRST time. The price difference between an economy body filler and a good quality like the RAGE and RAGE Gold fillers isn't really that much. Body filler is probably the cheapest part of doing bodywork, imho.
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I only use RAGE Gold when it comes to body filler. It's so smooth and easy to work with compared to the crappy consistency that Bondo brand has. It also sands a million times better, and does the job right the FIRST time. The price difference between an economy body filler and a good quality like the RAGE and RAGE Gold fillers isn't really that much. Body filler is probably the cheapest part of doing bodywork, imho.
Sorry to come up with the late post. I just want to share the thing i've done with my auto. It happened that the quarter panel repair has a problem. i remembered it was last week. I'm planning to replace it but i was confused with the brands out there. what would be the ideal thing to do. i also visited one of the Oklahoma auto repair shops in our place but even the mechanic could not give his suggestion. could anyone here has the knowledge about it? PM me or post your response on this thread. Thanks in advance!

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Re: Rear Quarter Panel Repair**Need Advice

Okay, first of all I havent done this on this specific application, but Im here because I wanted to get everyones opinion on it as well and it didn't brighten my outlook on this project either.
A fiberglass filler WILL do the job and yes it will look nice, at least for awhile, when done correctly. The issue is that by leaving the panel in place you can't get to the backside to take off the rust there. Hence the cancer spreads.
So, you can remove the panel, and replace it, or repair the one you have properly.
I've done a ton of body work on my mudding truck and to be honest, if you have the thing off to do the repair the right way, you might as well get a replacement Quarter Panel from Certifit / Certefit.
If you do it the cheap and easy way you'll have to deal with it again later, and then repaint the section to match.
Personally I'm going to take it in and have the panels swapped. There goes a months salary. >(
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