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Old 03-27-2012, 07:02 PM   #1
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This is the passenger side rear wheel well. You can see its pretty deep and dented in some too. My main concern is that it is starting to rust in the scratch area. I could live with the scratch but I don't want any rusted out wheel wells.

Here is what I was quoted for it to be repaired. I missed the price in the pic, around $600

I know it's expensive but I want to do as much as I can myself to cut down the price.

So my question is:
What all can I do by myself at home, before they take over and finish it?

I should be able to prep the surface by sanding and such, and maybe apply the molding. I'm pretty artistically inclined, so I think I might be able to make the molding pretty flush with the rest of the body. If not I'm sure they can correct it.

I'm just trying to save as much money as I can. Hoping to cut down that $600 atleast a $100 or so.
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Old 03-28-2012, 09:19 AM   #2
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Anyone?

I just want to know how much of this could be a DIY job at home, and what I should leave for them to do.

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Old 03-28-2012, 10:05 AM   #3
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you'd have to take the trunk apart andd push that dent out if you wanna do it halfway right. but if you just want to stop rust sand the area down especially at the edge of the paint and scratch until you can;t feel a ridge between the paint and scratch. then use etching primer and then hit it with a few coats of high build primer. then get some napa color matched paint and clear and spray the area with both of those. $600 seems really reasonable for that much damage. you should consider just paying that.

edit: didn't read. you aren't going to be able to do much. unless you can convince the shop to do the body work then let you do the surface prep work then allow them to prime then you would have to block it multiple times then hav ethem paint it and you'd have to burn in the edges of the clear they put on. and that's if you can work that out with the shop. which is unlikely. honestly either you do the whole thing half assed yourself or have the shop do the whole thiong correctly

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