Date registered: Nov 2002
Vehicle: 10 GLK 350 4Matic
Location: Sonoma County CA
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RE: Whats the best way to remove surface rust?????
Rust is something you can never ever do in a half -a** way. If every speck of it isn't removed, it will come back -- later if not sooner.
Your rust is on a seam line where two pieces come together. They have to be seperated, sandblasted to clean metal, treated, primed and painted. Anything less is a complete waste of money.
I suspect your body guy was thinking if he pulled the fender off to clean the rust -- what's better spending the money to clean up an old fender or spend the money on a new one? As pointed out, 126 fenders aren't that expensive so why screw around? If the dollars are close go for the new and be rid of the rust on that piece of sheetmetal.
It just takes a few drives on a salty road without a rigorous cleanup afterwards to get rust started. The warm garage can actually contribute to it if the car is wet because the warmer moisture will attack the metal faster than ice. Frequently there is a tiny pit or scratch - barely visible that the water and salt start on.
Paint is easy to match - shouldn't be an issue.
A rust spot that size, to me, isn't tiny -- it's the tip of an iceberg.
Just remember - rust never sleeps.
Now: 2010 GLK350 4Matic Then: 2003 C320 4Matic, 2006 E320 CDI, 2000 E320, 1994 E320, 1991 190E, 1985 300D, 1983 300D
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