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Old 07-11-2012, 10:58 AM   #197
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2000 Impreza w/ WRX


Originally Posted by tssmith11 View Post
Here's my thoughts, please let me know what you think.
1. use the clean n strip along all sides of the body kit so that I can see bare metal and exactly where it attaches.
2. Use sharp knife to cut underneath kit and free it from the body (not sure about this step.. might work since kit is coming off a little already...)
3. once entire kit is removed, grind down any rusted metal with roloc clean n strip OR grinding disc (will either work?)
4. smooth out edges of body kit, get paint off around the edges, and clean with my 3m cleaner.
5. mount kit to make sure proper fit (i'm not too worried about this step, it should fit fine, given that not too much is taken off when cleaning.)
6. tape off edge where panel bond will be applied, and apply rust fighter to entire area underneath the body kit.
7. remove tape and begin applying panel bond, smooth out the bead so that it reaches the edge of the area where rust fighter was applied, then place another bead on top.
(I've seen how to's on the application of the panel bond and think i'll be okay with that part.. the only confusing part to me is the rust fighter, in all of the instructions it is applied last which doesn't make sense because the body kit will be covering areas that need it..?)
8. secure body kit to car with either clamps or duct tape.

please let me know what you think and thanks again!
1. Clean and strip will just create a mess, and possible warp the fiberglass. What did the previous owner use to mold the kit? I would use a die grinder to grind away any material, but not too deep to scratch the metal below.
2. I don't know what was used to bond the over fenders, but using a sharpened putty knife would be my first option. If a proper adhesive was used, this may not work. Let me know.
3. Use the roloc, just don't use it on one area for too long or you could warp the metal.
4-7. Just follow the directions outline in the flow diagram.
8. I used the duct tape just to check it out, that will not be how a hold the over fender while bonding. You need to use a method that creates a tight seal to the body. I would suggest either rivets or using Cleco fasteners.

I would also refinish both sides, there is no sense to repair the left and not the right.
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