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Fender Rust Repair Cleveland

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Repairing rust on a fender can vary in complexity depending on the extent of the damage. Here’s a general approach:

  1. Assess the Damage: Determine the extent of the rust. If it’s minor surface rust, it might be repairable without replacing the fender. If it’s extensive and affecting the structural integrity, replacement might be necessary.
  2. Gather Materials: You’ll need rust converter, sandpaper (rough and fine grit), body filler, primer, paint matching your car’s color, clear coat, and protective gear (gloves, mask, goggles).
  3. Preparation: Clean the area around the rust with soap and water. Remove any loose rust with a wire brush. Sand the rusted area and a few inches beyond it to create a smooth surface for the repair.
  4. Rust Converter: Apply a rust converter to the affected area according to the product’s instructions. This will convert any remaining rust into a stable compound.
  5. Body Filler: If there are pits or holes after the rust is removed, apply body filler to level the surface. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for mixing and applying the filler.
  6. Sand and Prime: Once the filler is dry, sand it smooth with fine-grit sandpaper. Clean the area with a damp cloth, then apply a primer to the repaired area and let it dry.
  7. Paint: Apply several thin coats of paint, allowing each coat to dry before applying the next. Finish with a clear coat to protect the paint.
  8. Final Steps: Once the paint is dry, buff the area with a polishing compound to blend the repair with the rest of the fender.

For more severe rust or if you’re uncomfortable with the repair, consider consulting a professional auto body shop.

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