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Old 06-30-2010, 09:37 PM   #1
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Anyone had rusting problems? Mine is rusting under both my driver door and my passenger front doors. Not happy about it!
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Old 06-30-2010, 11:16 PM   #2
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All 4 of my doors are doing it. Was like it when I bought it, and you can tell that the previous owner took care of it... It's only been in 2 Michigan winters, so that's pretty disappointing... But I've heard if you have it fixed, chances are it will get worse than it was, so I'm just leaving mine... BUT every time I wash it I make sure to clean it and dry it off to remove moisture. Plus I oil the doors and put rustproofing in them to help prevent more rust.
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Old 06-30-2010, 11:35 PM   #3
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Like, the under body of the car?

If so, you do realize what 1, much less a couple, salted roads will do to bare metal right?
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Old 06-30-2010, 11:59 PM   #4
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Old 07-01-2010, 12:08 AM   #5
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Like, the under body of the car?

If so, you do realize what 1, much less a couple, salted roads will do to bare metal right?
I'm thinking he means the bottoms of the doors. On the inside lip at the seam. I've heard about it before, and mine have done that too. Sure salted roads will do that, but it should not happen that quickly...


And I've never seen something that stops or prevents rust...otherwise cars would be built with it on them already.
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Old 07-01-2010, 12:36 AM   #6
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And I've never seen something that stops or prevents rust...otherwise cars would be built with it on them already.
Small world ? Hot-Rodders using it for years.. And it works great..

And it is for RUST already there.
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Old 07-01-2010, 03:37 AM   #7
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Move down south. They dont even have salt down here. Be warned though, if they announce snow flurries be prepared, first thing to sell out are water, milk,and bread. Also the schools will close for a week.
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Old 07-01-2010, 05:48 AM   #8
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It is a common thing on several GM models. The body man soid the metal is treated and for some reason when it is folded and welded the reated surface is being effected on some cars not all even in the same model.

Repairing will not make it worse but depending on the job it still may came back.

I would recomend having it repaired if you plan to keep it. It will for sure only get worse.

I took the bottom of my GP door that started with this and used Por-15 then painted over it. 2 years later no more rust. It seals the surface and seam and is undetectable once painted. Just don't get it on you hands or you will be marked for weeks.
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Old 07-01-2010, 01:22 PM   #9
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Years ago when I lived in Michigan, rust was a major problem on any car. There are better rust resistant materials today, but with salted roads nothing is perfect or forever. I would have the doors fixed, since existing rust will only spread, and be sure the door drains are open, and make sure there is no bare metal exposed.
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Old 07-01-2010, 04:01 PM   #10
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Oh yeah, I've heard stories about cars from the 70's rusting out within a year. My dad says growing up a truck would last 10 years before the body would literally fall off the frame from all the rust... We as a general public have become too nitpicky over time really. At least they're better than they used to be.
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