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Re: Fixing rust spots on body
I've been dealing with rust spots for the past two years on my Jeepster restoration! Ultimately, fixing rust comes down to "time". The best fix takes the most time to do, but it also out lasts the quick repairs. If your looking to get a couple years out of the Jeepster, go ahead and cover the rust with POR-15 rust paint, then use silicone and a sheet metal patch over the rust. It will hold for a couple years untill the rust spreads around (not through) the patch.
If your looking to keep the Jeepster around for a while, don't try to "seal" the rust with paint or goop. Insted, cut the bad section, plus a bit more of the good steel out of the body and then patch it with a new painted and protected piece of sheet metal. Just cut your patch to fit using tin snips. You don't have to weld in the patch if you don't want to. A pop-rivit gun will do the job just fine. It won't be a seamless repair, but it will hold.
Just remember, every short cut you take fixing rust takes time off of the life of the Jeepster body. The art of rust repair is balancing your rust repair effort with the time the rest of the Jeepster is going to last!