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Old 05-24-2009, 09:39 PM
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Rust around rocker holes


I have finally restarted my paint and body phase for my 67 Firebird and the first step is stripping the multiple layers of paint. Anyway, the rocker panels below the driver door have little holes in them. These are not rust holes, but holes for the trim panels that screw on there (or weep holes not 100% positive). Anyway around these holes I have surface rust. I can remove teh surface rust easily enough, but of course my real concern is "what's on the inside" of that rocker. The metal isn't soft around the hole, but of course I'm envisioning rust sitting on the inside waiting to creap around the hole and back to the exterior paint surface after a repaint. Is my only option to cut out the entire rocker surfaceand weld in a patch the full lenht after treating the backside with weld-thru primer? I hate to have to go through all that effort given that 42 years later this metal still hasn't rusted through and doesn't appear anywhere near doing so.

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Old 05-25-2009, 08:14 AM
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You could cut all that out like you said and repair it, but what if it doesn't need it? The hours and effort could be used on another part of the project. What I would do is take the nozzle and straw off of a WD-40 can, put it on a can of Permatex rust treatment, and shoot it full. It's alright if it leaks out of the hole, you'll sand it anyway. It goes without saying to be sure to get the dirt and anything else in their out first. Water hose, air hose, whatever it takes. Then go back and spray some black Rustoleum in there, and you shouldn't have any problems.

Or, if you are really worried, you can get a mechanics camera and look through the plug at the rear wheel housing.

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