That's a lot of rust. Help? Ideas?

Cooky8 Sep 8, 2019

  1. Cooky8

    Cooky8 Test Drive

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    The fender around my X is pretty much gone.... what to do? Should I try to fill with foam and putty? Any old truck that could help? Never had to repair such damage before...

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  2. IM1RU

    IM1RU First Fill-Up (of many) Supporting Member

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    If you don't remove all of the rotted metal, and replace with new, anything you do will just be temporary.... The rust can continue to eat under, over, and around what ever patch is made.
     
  3. Cooky8

    Cooky8 Test Drive

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    i know... but there is a LOT to replace..
     
  4. Just a Hunter

    Just a Hunter Test Drive

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    Spray with a rust neutralizer such as the one made by Rustoleum.

    Repeat with a coat of primer.

    Basically, this will slow the process somewhat.

    Get a quote from a bodyshop and have it repaired correctly.

    If you think it looks bad now, give it another year or two.
     
  5. Like2_4Wheel

    Like2_4Wheel Test Drive

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    I would start with cutting out all the rust and see if you can rebuild it. mine where rusted similar to the first pic. i just cut it to the lip.
     

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  6. 13ADVX

    13ADVX Test Drive

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    have you tried ramen noodles?

    i would definitely do rust inhibitor now and look for a body shop.
     
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  7. westslope

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    The OP Cooky8 has not been here since Wednesday. Today is Saturday. He or she may not really care.

    It might be easier to advize the OP if we had the full stats on the vehicle. Mileage, accident history, condition of the frame, engine condition.

    The cost-effective solution could be to junk the 1st generation Xterra and start over with another vehicle. A very high mileage 2nd generation Xterra in otherwise good condition might be a better bet.
     
  8. bigjim247365

    bigjim247365 Tentacle Monsters 'ᴙ Me Supporting Member

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    oh wow that is really bad. i cut mine off before it got like that.
     
  9. bigjim247365

    bigjim247365 Tentacle Monsters 'ᴙ Me Supporting Member

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    I'm gonna tell you the same thing i told my father when he wanted to drop money on his cheap beater car for rust.

    "you are gonna spend half of what that car is actually worth for rust. dont."
     
  10. Just a Hunter

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    Ok, this X isn't worth much in the condition it's currently in.
    As a suggestion, you may wish to contact a local Technical School which has an "auto body program" and see what they would charge to work on it.

    Obviously, an auto body shop may charge as much to fix the rust damage as is the value of the suv.
     
  11. westslope

    westslope Test Drive

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    Rust responds really well to pro-active maintenance. (No matter how time consuming and tedious.)

    Once the rust has metastasized and spread through the body and frame, you might as well take the vehicle out behind the barn and shoot it in the head.

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    In passing, do folks from northern climes here remember the Japanese autos and light trucks of the 1970s? They were fuel efficient, inexpensive "good" vehicles but man, did they rust out quickly!

    Thankfully improvements were made to later vintage vehicles.
     

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