dealing with rust

butchcassidyJuly 11, 2006

I've got a '94 Plymouth Acclaim that only has 70,000 miles, but I've got rust on the inside, bottom part of both front doors. Any suggestions on what I can do? I've done some reading on using "Extend Rust Neutralizer." The rust isn't well developed on the driver's side, but pretty substantial on the passenger's door. I really don't want to go to a body shop because of the expense. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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sdello

There is a product called POR 15 that seals and stops the rust process. It hardens like an epoxy and can be sanded and worked to bondo the car if you wish.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2006 at 8:55AM
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steve_o

Keep in mind that, once you see rust bubbles, there's more rust you can't see behind it. sdello's idea is a good one; there are other products out there which will treat rust and convert it to something (more) inert. A good local auto-parts store should be able to show you some alternatives.

Another thing to do would be to check the weep holes at the bottom of all the doors -- use a thin dowel or something else which can open up the holes so water can drain out, or you'll be looking at even more rust down the line.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2006 at 11:19AM
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ericwi

If you're serious about stopping the rust, and intend to keep the car running for another 5 or 10 years, you will have to remove the door hardware, and next remove the door panels, and work from the inside out. Water accumulates inside the doors, and when you can see rust on the outside, there is always going to be rust on the inside, as well.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2006 at 9:34PM
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mjohnsona1

How do you remove rust from the hubcaps? I found pockets of rusting on the rearside tires. Do you have any suggestions?

    Bookmark   September 9, 2006 at 3:37PM
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christopherh

Hey guys!
Maybe Tom's website has the solution to this problem too!

    Bookmark   September 10, 2006 at 8:12AM
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butchcassidy

ok sdello, i followed your advice and got the por15 intro kit, with all the stuff i need. my only question is this....on their literature, it says you don't have to remove the old rust in any way.....true? it only makes sense to me that you would need to scrap or brush that off. your opinion?

    Bookmark   December 15, 2006 at 7:58PM
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