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Old 01-27-2007, 07:32 AM
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questions on some body work

I have this big rust hole in my front right fender down at the bottom, i cleaned it out and now i dont know what would be best to fill up the hole, i dont know if bondo would work cause im afraid it might fall out but is there anything out there that i can use to fill up it?

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What do you have lying around the yard? Can you fit a small child in the hole? (they can hold a cover over the hole! )

If you have some tin from an old fender, hood, etc... or even an old stove or washing machine (but you need to rough up the surface a bit to get your bondo to "stick" better) you could always weld or rivet that in place before using the filler.

If this is for a quick "clean up to sell" kind of job, screen from a screen door would work for a week or two.

Ideally, replace the fender - otherwise be creative!

Best of luck!

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Old 01-27-2007, 07:57 AM
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no you cant fit a small child in there it aint that big lol but i was just asking what i could use to fix it.
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The correct way is to cut a patch panel for it, weld it in place, grind it smooth, skim coat it with bondo, sand it smooth, and paint it. Hope that helps.
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a "goob" of bondo is too ridgid, it will crack around the edge in no time from hitting pot holes and rr tracks driving

if you were my son,(he's 16 yrs old) I would tell you to find a auto paint supplies store (or possibly a local body shop?) that will "loan you" a "2 part panel adhesive" gun ($100? to buy one) and have you buy a tube of the 2 part panel adhesive ($40?)

grind the hole bigger till there is no rust, only bright steel....

cut a piece of good scrap roughly1- 2" bigger than the hole to make a patch....

bend that piece till it conforms exact to the inside of the fender....

cover the whole surface of the patch with enough adhesive that it oozes thru the hole,

once it is cured, sand the extra off the front, may/probably will need a thin coat of bondo on the front to get it perfect

it's fixed for the next 20 years
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