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Replacing rusty body panels

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by cntstan, Jul 22, 2009.

  1. Jul 22, 2009 at 10:47 AM
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    cntstan

    cntstan [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Sorry to post this in the detailing forum but I don't see another appropriate forum to ask this......(body work forum?). Anyway, I just swapped a guy my 89' wrangler for a 94' bronco. The bronco needs some panels replaced due to rust and I've gotten a good start. I've cut out and welded in a replacement for the right rear quarter panel. I've ground the welds down some and I think it's almost ready for filler. My question is: Is Bondo the next step? If so, do you follow the Bondo up with a thinner filler to fill in the shallow spots or just use straight Bondo all the way? Also, someone told me not to grind the welds flush because the metal will get too thin around the welds, does this sound correct? The metal did not warp too much ( I went really slow ) but there are some low spots that need to be filled in.
     
  2. Jul 22, 2009 at 11:07 AM
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    I'd say rough-in with Bondo, finish with Bondo glazing putty, and paint.

    Regarding the welds, as long as the welds are good and the ground-down areas are no thinner than the surrounding sheetmetal you should be fine. With sheetmetal you're pretty much guaranteed complete penetration of the weld. ;)
     
  3. Jul 22, 2009 at 11:17 AM
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    Thanks for the info:thumbsup:.! That's kind of what I thought I should do.
     
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