If a panel such as a front fender or door has a rust h*** in it is it possible to just repair the h*** or do you have to replace the wh*** panel? I know there are skins but im not sure on how they are used..

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Comment by john mac willis on March 4, 2011 at 4:21pm

YEP SURE CAN CUT IT OUT AND MAKE PATCH PANELS OR BUY PATCH PANELS FOR IT ALREADY MADE TO FIT DEPENDING ON HOW MUCH RUST IVE BEEN LOOKING AT PARTS FROM ORIGINAL PARTS GROUP AND PRICES REALLY AINT THAT BAD

 

Comment by Daryl Lee Scott on March 2, 2011 at 1:07pm
it helps to use a magnet to hold your patch piece in place when butt welding smaller patch panels
Comment by Landon Tkachuk on March 1, 2011 at 10:39pm
thanks! this will help lots and save me some cash
Comment by Landon Tkachuk on March 1, 2011 at 10:38pm
thanks! this will help lots and save me some cash
Comment by Bud Mc on March 1, 2011 at 9:34am
Yes it is possible to replace just the rusted area of the panel. You can do this a few different ways. The first depending on size is to cut out the area that is rusted say on a lower fender there is a h*** the size of a fist. Just get a piece of 20 or 22 guage steel and make a new patch the size of the h*** you cut out and butt weld it in using stitch welds while moving around to keep heat out of the same area all at once. This keeps warping the metal at a minimum. The other way is to use a pre-made patch panel or skin. Say your GMC in your picture needs cab corners. You would buy new cab corners and measure the amount of metal that you need to remove from your truck and transfer that measurement to your new panels to cut the metal you dont need off befor you weld them into place. So in this long way of answering your question yes you can just repair the h*** istead of replacing the entire panel.

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