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Re: Small rust spot repair
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I'm not really concerned with aesthetics. I just don't want the rust to spread.
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I'd be worried about aesthetics with a new Jeep after sinking that kind of money into it.
You're on the right track thinking sanding. Sand it down with 300+ paper but don't get carried away sanding. If it's a really small spot, cover the eraser end of a pencil with sandpaper so you only hit the spot you need. Once smooth and rust free, clean it out good with de-greaser/wax remover and dab on a little primer first to cover the bare metal. You could stop here and it would protect you from further rust. To take it the rest of the way, sand again lightly once thoroughly dry and dab on some color match paint. Let that dry and repeat the sand and paint until your touch up is slightly higher than the factory paint. Then sand the spot down smooth with the surrounding area and rub it with polishing compound. Finish off with a buffer and some liquid wax and you'll never know the spot was there. Duplicolor makes good color match paints and they even have a nice complete kit with everything you need for a fix like this. You can even get it cheap at Walmart.