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Ford rust repair

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by ford6.9, Mar 9, 2010.

  1. ford6.9

    ford6.9 Senior Member
    Messages: 452

    So I have a F350 and its got some rust over the rear wheels. Right now its just bubbling not rotted out or anything at this point.

    How hard would this be to clean up and repair and still have it look rather good? Trying to keep it from looking like a home repair job.

    Thanks in advance I know there's a good deal of guys on here that know their body work.
  2. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    Get out the grinder and have at it. Use some bando to make the repair and then paint.
  3. Clint S

    Clint S Senior Member
    Messages: 280

    The only way to do it right is to cut it out and replace it with patch panels. JC whitney has pretty cheap panels.You could grind it down, sandblast it, and repaint, but it may come back. If you do not get every little bit of the rust it will come back worse as the bondo will bubble out and look like crap
  4. timberjack

    timberjack Member
    Messages: 96

    You might as well budget for the patch panel repair and do it right the first time, even if it means waiting longer.

    Mine was bubbling up too, and i thought i'd cleaned it out perfectly, refilled the area, and even painted with a POR15 base. It did last another year, but just came back worse than before.

    I think if you're to the point where the paint is bubbling up, there's more damage than you think.
  5. woodsman

    woodsman Senior Member
    Messages: 119

  6. hitachiman 200

    hitachiman 200 Senior Member
    Messages: 262

    90% of the time the rust is coming through from the inside, simply patching up the outside will not stop it. for a cheap fix the only way is to clean both the inside and outside and then use a good quality rust primer/converter. This will give you a few more years anyways.
  7. ford6.9

    ford6.9 Senior Member
    Messages: 452

    Its right over the arch for the wheels on the rear, I am not looking for it to be perfect. It is a work truck, but at the same time I understand the difference of doing something vs. doing it right. Still a bit torn on cutting it out vs. sanding it down both sides and painting it. I a little afraid of blending the patched areas paint with the whole bed. Just never done anything like this before.
  8. Milwaukee

    Milwaukee 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,180

    Well I disagree after investigation rot fender on our F250.

    I was look at bubbles that we got tons new on fender where it was rot. If you try push bubble it come out was WATER.

    I wonder how water get inside paint then sit until it rot.
  9. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    I have a friend that used to say you could hear a Ford rust on a quiet day.

  10. Milwaukee

    Milwaukee 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,180

  11. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Yeah, those Ford frames are indestructible, right? Should I link the recent thread of the F250 that broke clean off on BOTH sides?
  12. Milwaukee

    Milwaukee 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,180

    Here question

    How many ford frame that broke here

    Let me say I believe I see lot gm frames broke than Ford or Dodge.

    Once again that F250 was city truck which worker don't treat nice and hit curb so hard that snap frame.
  13. hitachiman 200

    hitachiman 200 Senior Member
    Messages: 262

    The panel is perforated. Bondo will act like a sponge and pull the water from the inside. Thats why you need to clean and treat both sides of the panel to prevent further damage.
  14. hitachiman 200

    hitachiman 200 Senior Member
    Messages: 262

    They always go at the arch, dirt and salt sit on the lip on the inside causing accelerated decay. It is hard to blend in the color using a spray can and cheapo guns aren't much better. A reasonable gun can be had for around $125-$135 or you can pay a paint shop $100 to paint it for you.

    If you go for the sand and fill route try a can of color. on the last coats hold the can farther away each time and blend into the surounding paint. Take your time though and allow each coat to tack up. Once dry give it a light scrub with a 3M pad and cover with clear coat if required. Now you can sand down with a fine paper, say 800 grit, and polish the whole panel.
    from a distance it will probably look pretty good.
  15. FordFisherman

    FordFisherman PlowSite.com Addict
    from 06611
    Messages: 1,613

    Rust never sleeps. New sheetmetal is the only way to stop it.
  16. Tbrothers

    Tbrothers Senior Member
    Messages: 140

    For a quick fix you can try POR 15 or chassis saver is another product that is suppose to stop rust.
  17. Rubicon 327

    Rubicon 327 Senior Member
    Messages: 108

    Rust =s Cancer even when you think you got it all you usually don't and it ends up popping up somewhere else.

    If you don't do it right the 1st time you will always be chasing it and even then it's seems like it's only a matter of time and it's back.

    :realmad: RUST!!!