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Dealing with rust on body panels

So I've decided its time to deal with the rust of my prelude's body panels. The worst spots are on the hood and on the trunk. Theres also a bit on the rear wheel well. Aside from the trunk and wheel well, the rust seems to be caused by paint being chipped away leaving exposed metal.

I've included pictures of the worst bits. The rest seems to be very small spots similar to the smaller ones on the hood.

When I googled this subject, it seems like everyone says to use a disc grinder to sand away the rust. I don't want to do that because it's just overkill for me. None of the individual spots of rust is larger than a dime.

So whats the best way to deal with the rust?

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Re: Dealing with rust on body panels

Minor rust that hasn't rotted through the metal completely can be sanded away. Rust that has fully penetrated the metal needs to be cut away and replaced with another piece of metal.

Based on your pictures, you may be able to sand down the door/fender and trunk rust, but I think your trunk and rear quarter panel needs to be replaced, like I had mine. While you can cut and re-weld your quarter panels, it may be easier to just buy a new trunk in good condition and repaint it, which is what I did.

I'm no expert though, just providing my insight and experience with dealing with the rust on my car. It's a pain in the ass and expensive to deal with - but makes a world's difference on how a car looks IMO.
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Re: Dealing with rust on body panels

you might get away with sanding to bare metal, sealing the area with a rust converter (just to be safe as it usually comes back, and priming/ painting most areas......... except the wheel arches. they look far gone enough that the effected area will have to be cut out and new metal welded back in.
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Re: Dealing with rust on body panels

Thanks for the replies. If i bought a new (used) trunk, how much would it cost to have it painted to match my car? I know it varies shop by shop but I'm just looking for a ballpark estimate.
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Re: Dealing with rust on body panels

I bought a trunk and spoiler for $125 off someone. Repaired a couple dents and painted the trunk lid at the shop for about $100 extra? I opted not to paint the inside though as my car is the blue/silver combo and the trunk was silver. My trunk lid and quarter panels looked like yours 2 months ago...while it was $$$$$$$$ to fix everything, man does it make a world of difference. Everytime I look at my car, I feel like it's brand new lol
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I bought a trunk and spoiler for $125 off someone. Repaired a couple dents and painted the trunk lid at the shop for about $100 extra? I opted not to paint the inside though as my car is the blue/silver combo and the trunk was silver. My trunk lid and quarter panels looked like yours 2 months ago...while it was $$$$$$$$ to fix everything, man does it make a world of difference. Everytime I look at my car, I feel like it's brand new lol
Did you have the trunk + spoiler shipped or did you pick up local? I'm curious as to how much it would be to ship something that big and heavy.
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Re: Dealing with rust on body panels

I just picked it up locally. Best way to is check online and be patient. $125 is a decent deal but I'm sure I could've scored a better deal if I had waited a little bit longer. It was the only one available I could find in my area at the time. Of course, as soon as I bought it, a couple other ludes began parting out a week after lol
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Grind it all out, patch it with metal (if there is a hole) weld it in, bondo it, putty it, prime it, paint it, clear it (the whole panel don't just spot it, it will show up after awhile) and you're good to go! Just don't wax it for 6 weeks either to let the paint gas off.

If you live in my area bring it to me, ill give you a good deal
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Grind it all out, patch it with metal (if there is a hole) weld it in, bondo it, putty it, prime it, paint it, clear it (the whole panel don't just spot it, it will show up after awhile) and you're good to go! Just don't wax it for 6 weeks either to let the paint gas off.

If you live in my area bring it to me, ill give you a good deal
I actually do live in metro detroit.

It'll probably be a couple months before I can afford to have it fully taken care of. I'm finishing up college this fall and only working part time so funds are a bit tight. I was hoping there was a cheap fix I could do myself since the rust doesn't seem that bad to me.

Although, there seem to be small spots on nearly every body panel so I may just have to get the whole car repainted.
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I actually do live in metro detroit.

It'll probably be a couple months before I can afford to have it fully taken care of. I'm finishing up college this fall and only working part time so funds are a bit tight. I was hoping there was a cheap fix I could do myself since the rust doesn't seem that bad to me.

Although, there seem to be small spots on nearly every body panel so I may just have to get the whole car repainted.
Nice man! Hit me up lol. I don't know any other luders in my area. I'm in Metro Detroit too
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Re: Dealing with rust on body panels

hey dont know if you looked into painting it yourself or not, but i've used a product called plasidip.. a lot of people hate it but they've never used it either.. i have the front end of my car matte black and it looks great. i'm going to eventually do my whole car when it gets warmer. if you have any questions just check out my facebook page (dragstance) i'll also be putting up some youtube videos pretty soon. so if you have questions or want to see application and results just look for it on there
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