This will make your vehicle look whole again and prevent the rust damage from spreading. Here's how to get rid of rust. Here you can see that I made sure to get the primer up under the lip of the plastic. Coat the remaining rust particles with oxide converter to neutralize them. Nice write-up, I'm doing the same thing, but can't get down clean metal in some spots. I better stop now before I throw something.
Both of these supplies can be found at an auto supply store. Then I found some auto spray that matched the color of my car: Dupli-Color Auto Spray in Sunburst Gold Metallic. The process thus becomes something along these lines: Filler, grind, filler, grind, filler, grind. Step 8: Sand the final layer with 180-grit sandpaper until smooth. Once the grinding is done, apply rust removing acid to the area to remove the microscopic particles of rust that remain. It happens on many kinds of automotive metals when they are exposed to air, although saltwater and expedite the process.
Remember that there could be one or more leaks present. Along the bottom, I had to loosen the foam from the metal a bit using a screwdriver. After the first batch, and trying to clean my non-porous surface, I switched to a half batch mixed on wax-coated paper plates that could be thrown out. Once everything was masked off, I was ready to prime. Prime and Paint Once you are completely satisfied with the surface preparation, begin taping the area off. The next time my husband builds a shed, it will be even better than the one we built last year.
Don't forget your windows and tires. I've got a 97 Dodge Grand Caravan that's generally in pretty good shape, but the roof has started peeling badly, and a few spots have accumulated some rust. The rust should just drain away. Notice Nick matched up the panels he fabricated to meet with existing seams in the cab. If sanding through paint and primer, cover the rest of the vehicle to protect it from the super-fine dust.
Also, this instructable was very well written, she should be writing manuals! I work in a truck and auto shop and we have some buisnesses that have trucks rebuilt and well over 350 to 500k on the chassis. The hole should now be ready to be filled with body filler. Regarding the rust just being at the surface level, it sounds like I shouldn't consider this an emergency. After you have removed as much rust as you safely can with the metal grinding wheel, it's time to move to hand sandpaper. So I'm replacing tops that are 25-40 years old. They're projects I've done dozens of times. Provide details and share your research! When using the wheel, go slowly, because these tools can do a lot of damage to the car's body if used incorrectly.
If so, any tips on how not to botch the operation? The trick is get all the rust out or it will just come back. My goal in fixing these was function, and not so much glamour. I would recommend using the blue painter's tape that is available at most home improvement stores, as it does not leave a sticky residue when removed. A hammer was used to shape the piece on the truck. Use a 150-grit sanding wheel to begin creating a smooth surface. For rust and paint removal, I used a 60 grit sandpaper.
Apply a small amount of sealant and use an applicator pad or small piece of cardboard to evenly apply the product and cover the hole. Rust is the end-result of iron being exposed to moisture in the air. Have your dusk mask on. The presence of rust and corrosion on the roof of your vehicle is the primary cause of roof leaks in aging cars. If you have surface rust that has developed from a chip in the paint or even rust that has started as the result of the broken paint surface over a dent, you can take a few steps that will have your car looking great again in no time.
Cut a piece of fiberglass cloth so that the cloth isy are just slightly larger than the rust hole you are filling. Many sign-making shops do this, e. Like above, hold off on washing and waxing. I need to do some body work on my car but it's fiberglass parts. Finish application of your filler by sanding by hand using 120 grit sandpaper to get a nice smooth metal surface. Try to mask along the existing panel lines.
Then the bondo on over the hole. Make sure you knock out any dust that may have accumulated in your primer coats while they dried. I've heard if you roll the tape in on itself around the area to be painted it will make a less harsh masking line. Thanks vinyl roofs man I wish they didnt ever invent em Im working on a 70 chevelle now that had one and it is not going back on but anyway you really should rip that thing off and fix all needed areas unless you are on a tight budget. And it has done me good for my building, repairs, jerry-rigging projects.