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Old 04-09-2008, 08:12 AM   #1
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OK, so my windshield cracked and I had to have it repaired on my 98 lego gt wgn. After removing the windshield, the tech discovered there is a signifigant amount of rust in the frame(I figured as it was starting to grow onto the roof). He said the new windshield would leak if he replaced it so now I am windshieldless until it is repaired.
It appears to be mostly flash rust at this point as some probing with a screw driver indicated it is still solid although there is one hole in the corner by the roof and a pillir about the size of an eraser tip.

Now I an excellant mechanic, but not a body repair guy (and a body shop quoted me A LOT of money for the repair ($1300)) so that is out of the question. It was basically a grind and refinish repair.

Here is what I was thinking: sand off the rust and use a rust inhibitor like extend or por 15. use a light coat of bondo, and sand, than use a filler primer and sand and finish with a glazing compound and finish primer. I fill will in the small hole with JB weld, sand and bondo. when everything is smooth repaint (a pillars and entire roof) in the base auto body hobby shop with some Sherwin-Williams paint, than clear coat, and wax.

Does anyone have any tips/advise they can share with this procedure, is there anything I am forgetting?
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Old 04-09-2008, 12:20 PM   #2
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You're on the right track - grind out (and vacuum up) as much rust as you can, spray the area clean and then use some kind of inhibitor.

If you're unlucky like me, the body shop did a half-assed job long enough to get them paid, but not long enough for the car to survive two years. This is what I had to deal with the second time I opened the roof up:










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Old 04-10-2008, 06:23 AM   #3
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That sucks. Its funny, I have bare metal places on the fenders that havent rusted in years, but my windshield area is taking a poo. I hope I can fix it good enough to last.

The only thing is, is I dont know what type of clear coat to use...there are so many.
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That sucks. Its funny, I have bare metal places on the fenders that havent rusted in years, but my windshield area is taking a poo. I hope I can fix it good enough to last.

The only thing is, is I dont know what type of clear coat to use...there are so many.
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Cool, Thanks.
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