1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

How bad are these paint bubbles?

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by UOFan, Apr 23, 2020.

  1. Apr 23, 2020 at 7:10 AM
    #1
    UOFan

    UOFan [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2012
    Member:
    #80791
    Messages:
    214
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Bryan
    NC
    Vehicle:
    1994 Single Cab DLX, 2013 TRD Sport
    5100 Lift + AAL
    Hi All,

    Looking at buying an 88 pickup. It was painted in the last couple years, but there are a few spots where rust is bubbling up from under the paint. I know from reading here, that the best way to remedy this would be to sand down to metal, and cut out the entire affected area. However, I don't own a welder currently.

    From your guys' experience, could this be reasonably covered by sanding and repainting the surrounding area, or would this require much more to reasonably cover it up? I know I would have to re-do this often. Im assuming it was a budget paint job. I appreciate any advice.

    89554081_2507560022837141_6511557624922636288_n.jpg
    89784683_2784787034932520_7546598778518634496_n.jpg
    89510137_307855176843945_8973606129380622336_n.jpg 89551065_222871742440398_1571962432677478400_n.jpg
     
  2. Apr 24, 2020 at 8:55 AM
    #2
    Too Stroked

    Too Stroked Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2017
    Member:
    #208501
    Messages:
    1,506
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Tom
    Rochester, NY
    Vehicle:
    2014 Tacoma TRD Sport 4x4
    The "budget paint job" is probably at least part of the reason the paint is bubbling up due to rust underneath it. Based on what I can see in you pics, there's probably some major issues hiding under there. Up here in the rust belt, that much bubbling means lots of rot and lots of work, which equals lots of money. Remember, rust never sleeps.
     
    UOFan [OP] likes this.
  3. Apr 24, 2020 at 9:20 AM
    #3
    UOFan

    UOFan [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2012
    Member:
    #80791
    Messages:
    214
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Bryan
    NC
    Vehicle:
    1994 Single Cab DLX, 2013 TRD Sport
    5100 Lift + AAL
    Thanks for the response. This truck has been owned in NC since 1988, who knows, could have been driven in VA at some point. Is there any way to test the body for further issues?

    Also, if the frame looks good, can the body really be that bad underneath the paint?
     
  4. Apr 24, 2020 at 10:04 AM
    #4
    Too Stroked

    Too Stroked Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2017
    Member:
    #208501
    Messages:
    1,506
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Tom
    Rochester, NY
    Vehicle:
    2014 Tacoma TRD Sport 4x4
    The best way to find out is to look at the back side of the panel - if you can get to it. Remember, that rust is coming from the inside. If you can't get to the back side, the only real option is to grind the paint off and see what shows up.

    As for the frame, on older vehicles, the bodies rotted out long before the frames. (Unlike our Tacomas, cough, cough.)
     
  5. Apr 24, 2020 at 10:16 AM
    #5
    Rock Lobster

    Rock Lobster The Ignore button is for weaklings.

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2018
    Member:
    #275833
    Messages:
    2,377
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    Stooooock!
    How much restoring are you willing to do? I wouldn't touch it unless I was ready and willing to strip that truck down to bare metal and assess from there. Murphys law says that what you see poking through the paint is just the tip of the iceberg.
     
  6. Apr 24, 2020 at 11:14 AM
    #6
    UOFan

    UOFan [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2012
    Member:
    #80791
    Messages:
    214
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Bryan
    NC
    Vehicle:
    1994 Single Cab DLX, 2013 TRD Sport
    5100 Lift + AAL
    Uh, wasn't planning on doing the whole vehicle...shoot. Now i'm torn. I also don't care THAT much about perfection on this truck. I figured I'd be happy enough patching up the body here and there. Mainly interested in the engine, but I'm not trying to have the entire body fall apart in two years. Thanks for the insight.

    Good to know. I'll try and get a look at as much of the body from the backside as possible. ARGHH. Thought this truck was the one.
     
  7. Apr 24, 2020 at 11:20 AM
    #7
    Rock Lobster

    Rock Lobster The Ignore button is for weaklings.

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2018
    Member:
    #275833
    Messages:
    2,377
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    Stooooock!
    Frustrating I know. Ive seen what happens to just patching up the visible areas though. It starts as a bubble, and if it isnt addressed properly a line of bubbles will appear, and soon enough you'll have a hole running the entire length of that rocker panel... :annoyed:
     
    UOFan [OP] likes this.
  8. Apr 24, 2020 at 11:45 AM
    #8
    UOFan

    UOFan [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2012
    Member:
    #80791
    Messages:
    214
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Bryan
    NC
    Vehicle:
    1994 Single Cab DLX, 2013 TRD Sport
    5100 Lift + AAL
    Thanks man. I'll do some hard thinking and maybe pass this one up...
     
  9. Apr 24, 2020 at 11:50 AM
    #9
    PackCon

    PackCon Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2015
    Member:
    #159449
    Messages:
    9,841
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Connor
    Vehicle:
    2017 Subaru Forester Limited
    Fixing that properly is going to require a repaint of the whole effected panels and since that looks like a homemade paint job the color probably won’t be matchable so you are looking at a whole new paint job.
     
    UOFan [OP] likes this.
  10. Apr 24, 2020 at 12:39 PM
    #10
    UOFan

    UOFan [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2012
    Member:
    #80791
    Messages:
    214
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Bryan
    NC
    Vehicle:
    1994 Single Cab DLX, 2013 TRD Sport
    5100 Lift + AAL
    Took your guys' advice, told the seller I wasn't interested anymore. Thanks Tacomaworld....for bringing me back to reality. :hattip:
     

Products Discussed in

To Top