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Car repair?

So we got a van over the summer and within just a couple weeks I bumped another car in the parking lot (so stupid, just didn't have a sense of how big the car was when I was trying to park). Our insurance covered minor damage to other car, but we didn't have anything done to ours, as it was only cosmetic. Well now a bit of paint has chipped off and we're getting a little bit of rust. It's seriously this tiny strip - maybe 1 inch by 4 inches, right above the headlight on passenger side. I don't want to pay hundreds of dollars for a body shop to paint that area, but we want to stop the rust since we're planning on driving this car until it won't drive anymore. Does anyone know of something we can do to stop this spot from rusting or to prevent more paint from peeling? Thanks!

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gratefulmom913

Asked by gratefulmom913 at 10:25 AM on Mar. 8, 2011 in Home & Garden

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  • the only thing i can think of is to sand the spot that is rusting and then put some primer over it that should work for now
    devinalexis

    Answer by devinalexis at 10:33 AM on Mar. 8, 2011

  • It's going to have to be sanded off, but farther than just where it's obvious. Then it will have to be repainted, even if it's just with primer - doing it properly will be better though, or the rust could come back quicker. If you have any community colleges in your area, or other places that teach auto body, call them and see if they'd be willing to do it for cheap, as a learning thing for the students. Or if you know anyone personally that works on auto body, see if they'd be willing to do it after-hours in their own garage or yours for cheaper. But if it's not done right it won't last more than a couple years before rusting again.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:43 AM on Mar. 8, 2011

  • yup devinalexis said take a scrubby pad or a really fine wet sand paper and sand the area. its just surface rust so far so it should take much but when using wet sandpaper (get it at napa) make sure it is soaking wet. then take a can primer and spray the area. you can tape it off so that is the only area that gets the paint then you might be able to get a fairly good matching paint you can paint over that at napa as well.
    laura970

    Answer by laura970 at 10:45 AM on Mar. 8, 2011

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