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    Posted: April/30/2006 at 6:41am
Over the winter, some very small rust spots have appeared on the bottom of my driver's side door, and I'm seeing the potential for rust spots bleeding out from the gas cap cover. I own a black '99 Pontiac Sunfire in reasonably good condition, and I'd like to fix these spots myself.

I only have vague ideas about how to go about this however, so anyone that has a suggestion would be very appreciated.

All I know is I have to sand off the rust and apply something or other over it. But what do I use to sand it, seal it, paint it over etc?

And what about paint chips in my hood -- they aren't rust yet, but they will be. So can I just seal them and paint them over and hope for the best?

Any help on this would be great, and I'm sure I'm not the only one this time of year who's worried about his.
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your best bet is to let a body shop fix it. if you have never done body work yourself, you will not be able to get the colors to match, plus spray paint is nowhere near as durable as automotive paint. the body shop can apply sealers to prevent rust and corrosion, but the sealers will not stop it entirely, it will come back.
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Thanks, don. I've considered that, but I just don't want to spend a whole lot of money for a few small spots on the bottom of the door. Besides, it's not like it's a collecible car or anything, and black paint is should make it easier to hide a bad job (not that I intend to do a bad job).

Isn't there some kind of rust "kit" I can pick up at Auto Zone or something? My goal here is only to keep rust from spreading and becoming a big problem.
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there are a lot of coatings and stuff to cover the rust up, but thats all they do is cover it. rust starts internally.
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DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU CARE HOW WELL THE WORK WILL COME OUT, BECAUSE YOU WILL GET IDEAS IN YOUR HEAD ABOUT HOW GOOD IT CAN BE, AND BE DISSAPOINTED AS I HAVE BEEN BEFORE!

well if youre not too particular on how it looks... ive done this (on a friends car thats a beater).. i sanded the living hell out of the area.. down to the metal.. then i used brush on rust converter.. it makes rust as hard as steel and seals it to keep it from spreading (or so it says)... to make it come out with a smoother appearance i would use a foam brush as you probably would get less grain to the converter (it dries however it is left brushed on).. then find the paint code on your car.. im not sure where it is on your specific car.. (i use duplicolor for the rest of this) go to walmart and go to the car section and look through the duplicolor paints. using the color code find the duplicolor touch up paint for the color code.. this will be used for reference.. go to the spray cans and match up the color on the touch up paint color with the cap of a paint (make sure the correct cap is on the can!). then pick up primer in the same color of the duplicolor primer of that that was on your car... or since you have black, i dont suppose it matters.. pick up duplicolor clear coat too... (it doesnt matter if the duplicolor paint is "truck and suv"..) anyway... primer first, then paint, then clear coat.. FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS THEY GIVE YOU.. i did and i got the paint to come out flawless.. you cant see the damage that had been there (i filled a dent in at the same time).. take your time.. thats the key.. oh and make sure to get the wet sand paper that the paints tell you to use.. and use the proper ammount of coats.. and get rubbing compound to get a nice finish too.. good luck!
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