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How to Fix Rust on Your Car Before It Becomes A Hole

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  1. step : Removing the Rust (0:27)
    • Sandblast or grind with a power tool as much rust from the body as possible (including any remaining pits)
    • Smooth the body down with a dual action sander and feather the spot out so that it's almost level with the paint
  2. step : Priming the Spot (3:37)
    • Clean the surface with alcohol cleaner and paper towels
    • Protect other areas of the car with a plastic protective sheet
    • Border a small section of painter's tap around the rust spot
    • Leave a rattle can of primer in a bucket of warm water for 10 minutes
    • In a warm area that matches the recommended temperature on the can, wear a respiratory mask
    • Shake the primer can well and apply it to the section while feathering it out
    • Let the primer dry
    • Apply a second coat if needed
    • Let the primer dry
    • Wet sandpaper and apply it to a sponge
    • Gently sand areas of primer that have feather out to smooth it
    • Wipe the area with alcohol cleaner and a rag
  3. step : Painting the Spot (9:55)
    • Apply matching paint to the area
    • Leave a rattle can of paint in a bucket of warm water for 10 minutes
    • In a warm area that matches the recommended temperature on the can, wear a respiratory mask
    • Shake the paint can well and apply it to the section while feathering it out
    • Let the paint dry
    • Apply a second coat if needed
    • Let the paint dry
    • If there is a drip spot, gently remove it with wet sandpaper
    • Apply another coat
    • Let the paint dry
    • Add another coat if needed
    • Apply clear coat to the area
    • For a better blend, wet sand and buff the area

Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Dual Action Sander

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Sandpaper
  • Sponge
  • Spray Paint
  • Paper Towels
  • Painter's Tape
  • Dust Mask
  • Safety Glasses


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