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    Question Suspecting a rust spot, seeking advice

    Hi all,

    So the past weekend I went to swap my summer tires to winter ones.
    Afterwards, I found 2 elevated bump along the lower left corner of my driver's door
    UPDATE**i scratched off the paint just to confirm





    I went to a body shop and asked about it, the personnel took a quick look and tells me it's rust, but seems to be on the surface; to repair it, he would have to repaint the whole door, $450.

    What would you advise in this situation.
    I've attached 2 pictures





    Thanks in advance
    Last edited by ptgrad2012; 11-05-2019 at 07:30 PM.

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    Default Re: Suspecting a rust spot, seeking advice

    Get the door repainted before it gets worst
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    Default Re: Suspecting a rust spot, seeking advice

    Depending on your budget. Get your shop to repaint and treat the rusted area.... or
    Use some Krown product ...it stops rust from expanding further.
    Quick fix before the winter and salt ...Get a can of the Krown ($20) rust proofing.
    Spray the rust (do not worry some more paint may flake off since it will have to be repainted or touched up anyway.)
    Try to spray behind the rust spots. There should be openings at the bottom of the door. Spray a good amount into the door.
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    Go to Krown ($129) and get the whole car sprayed . Then 2020 get it done again (in August ..heat makes product penetrate deeper
    into the metal).

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    Default Re: Suspecting a rust spot, seeking advice

    Quote Originally Posted by aris View Post
    Get the door repainted before it gets worst
    I've checked with a few body shops, repainting door for 450-500
    they seem to insist on repainting the whole door, and not just sand locally and repaint. Is it because of business or it's technically not good to spot treat?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptgrad2012 View Post
    I've checked with a few body shops, repainting door for 450-500
    they seem to insist on repainting the whole door, and not just sand locally and repaint. Is it because of business or it's technically not good to spot treat?
    yes the entire door will have to be painted, itís cheaper and easier to paint entire door then a body shop to try and blend it in.

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    In my opinion and experience if you spray them once every six months the rust will barely expand or bubble. Come four years from now when you get rid of the car you may be glad you didn't spend the money to repair all that.

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    Default Re: Suspecting a rust spot, seeking advice

    As the spots are in such an area that is normally dirty, I'd carefully clean them out with sandpaper, apply some etching primer with a small brush and top it with some touch up paint.

    All body shops will want to paint the entire door for a professional job.

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    Default Re: Suspecting a rust spot, seeking advice

    Quote Originally Posted by SonicBoy View Post
    As the spots are in such an area that is normally dirty, I'd carefully clean them out with sandpaper, apply some etching primer with a small brush and top it with some touch up paint.

    All body shops will want to paint the entire door for a professional job.
    I agree 100%...

    But do it before winter really hits.


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    Default Re: Suspecting a rust spot, seeking advice

    Quote Originally Posted by Flagrum_3 View Post
    I agree 100%...

    But do it before winter really hits.


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    Yeah, sucks that I live in a condo, need to do the work outdoor when it gets warmer. Maybe week of nov 17 when it gets warmer.

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