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patchin up some rot spots

well of course here in wonderful NY rust destroys everything. so in an effort to save my truck, i spend an hour patching up some body rot, nothing big, this is the second of 3 spots i need to tackle. then this summer i'll be doing my hood, gas cover, and tailgate.

this isn't the spot i painted, i forgot to get a before picture, this is the one i still have to paint. but you get the idea.




and Done. you cant see it as obviously from a distance, it isn't really meant to look good. just stop the rusting process.



the underneath however, is a lost cause.




my next project, besides my slave cyl. is to buy a new grille. guess where my dumbass cousin decided to push when i got stuck this winter? (my 4x4 was busted.)



and what color should i paint my new grille once i get it? it'll be a junkyard one. i'm thinking chrome, or black. any opinions?



i'm absolutely loving this weather. it should be about 40F and rainy this time of year here, buts its sunny and warm!!! btw would you believe my phone took those pics???
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Be prepared to replace the shackles and leaf spring mounts! Yours look like they are going.

All mine turned to dust. The body of my truck, Doesn't have any rust on it somehow.
I guess I got lucky.
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dude go black all the way!!!
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Be prepared to replace the shackles and leaf spring mounts! Yours look like they are going.

All mine turned to dust. The body of my truck, Doesn't have any rust on it somehow.
I guess I got lucky.
yep theres actually a layer of rust/paint that just peeled off them. i'm lucky they'll last another year, and i want to replace them before i go over a bump and they slam through my wheel well. i've done it before on these rangers. its not extremely hard but time consuming. lol and in florida doesn't the paint normally just fade as opposed to the rust we get up here?

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dude go black all the way!!!
thats what i was thinking....match the truck.

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you could clean the frame up and paint it with por-15 it would help it alot!
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where can i get a hold of that? i'm not sure how much longer i'll own this truck. leaving for the army in early july, i'll need it for a while wherever i'm stationed (which, if its down south, i'll be buying a used, rot free vehicle), but eventually i'm upgrading to an F150 or 250. love my ranger, but it doesn't have the HD work ethic i need.
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POR15, Inc. - Stop Rust Permanently - Repair Gas & Fuel Tanks

its kinda expensive but it will get the job done and you wouldnt have to worry about it any more.
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i'm gonna have to get a hold of that. maybe i can save my spring shackles, and countless other things the rust would eat away. looks like i could just prep the surface with some standard paint prep materials, and brush or spray that stuff on.
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. lol and in florida doesn't the paint normally just fade as opposed to the rust we get up here?

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Well my truck is from Ohio, and we lived there for 5 or 6 years. So it got plenty of the northern snow and salt.
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Well my truck is from Ohio, and we lived there for 5 or 6 years. So it got plenty of the northern snow and salt.
oh lol. well i'll probly clean those shackles up and give em a thick coat of this textured paint i have. it won't save em forever but i'll buy me some time.
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i'm gonna have to get a hold of that. maybe i can save my spring shackles, and countless other things the rust would eat away. looks like i could just prep the surface with some standard paint prep materials, and brush or spray that stuff on.
POR-15 is a rust converter it is applied directly to the rust all you would have to do is get all of the dirt and lose flaky rust off and you should be ready to apply it.
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por-15 sucks dick! i sanded down all the rust off my frame and put 3 coas of that over my whole frame and tht ****s already startin to peel and chip off. get chassis saver, my bro used it on his yota and its not chipping or peeling and still looks good!
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because you apply POR-15 to the rust. Your problem with it is probably because you sanded it down.
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because you apply POR-15 to the rust. Your problem with it is probably because you sanded it down.

Exactly.
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POR-15 is a rust converter it is applied directly to the rust all you would have to do is get all of the dirt and lose flaky rust off and you should be ready to apply it.
so just spray some degreaser, wash it off, then maybe blow it off with some shop air and paint? i found out the auto body teacher at my Tech school uses it, i can probly get some for cheap from him...
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because you apply POR-15 to the rust. Your problem with it is probably because you sanded it down.
if u had a brain u would know not to paint right over a bunch of ****ty rust, itll just rust back through. i dont care what kind of paint your using, nothing will stop it. go ahead and use it, paint right over all that rust. but in about 6 months can you please post pics of how its rusting through the por-15? thanks
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If you or your friend would have read the directions or anything from POR-15 website you would have know that it is not regular paint it contains chemicals that react with oxidized iron aka rust and convert it to something. This seals the rest of the metal from the air preventing further oxidation. That is why you apply it to rust. If you apply it to a bare metal surface you have to firts apply a few other chemicals that react with the metal to give the por-15 something to bind to.
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If you or your friend would have read the directions or anything from POR-15 website you would have know that it is not regular paint it contains chemicals that react with oxidized iron aka rust and convert it to something. This seals the rest of the metal from the air preventing further oxidation. That is why you apply it to rust. If you apply it to a bare metal surface you have to firts apply a few other chemicals that react with the metal to give the por-15 something to bind to.
ya that may be true, but thare are some spots where i didnt sand all the rust off and just in those spots, rust is coming back through. so it might say that, but from my experience i dont like it. chassis saver is much stronger and lasts way longer. ask any experienced body guy
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ya that may be true, but thare are some spots where i didnt sand all the rust off and just in those spots, rust is coming back through. so it might say that, but from my experience i dont like it. chassis saver is much stronger and lasts way longer. ask any experienced body guy
the body teacher at my tech school has been doing body work for over 20 years. he prefers POR 15. and i'll ask my brother about it later. he's been doing body work professionally for 10 years.

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the body teacher at my tech school has been doing body work for over 20 years. he prefers POR 15. and i'll ask my brother about it later. he's been doing body work professionally for 10 years tonite.
ok keep me posted
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ok keep me posted
will do. didn't get a chance today but were goin out tomorrow i'll remember to ask.
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Another New Yorker with the same problem...
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will do. didn't get a chance today but were goin out tomorrow i'll remember to ask.
my brother does use the stuff. he actually might be able to get me some for free
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Another New Yorker with the same problem...
yep i cant stand it.
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I'm thinking of getting black linex all the way around the bottom but have them spray the door jam where the ext cab meets the bottom of the doors
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Be prepared to replace the shackles and leaf spring mounts! Yours look like they are going.
My friend said the same thing to me the other day when I was showing off my fender flares. He was like "dude your leaf spring mounts are about to break off". I wire brushed them to get rid of surface crap and he was right. I'm nervous. I don't want to tackle leaf springs.
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