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Old 11-10-2012, 10:21 AM   #1
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I Think My M3 Has Some Rust.....





About the size of a dime. Any idea of the cost to repair something like this? Will it continue to spread? It's not soft to the touch, I tried pressing on it and it feels very solid.

I've only owned the car since July, always garage kept and driven less 8k miles in the last 4 years by the previous owner. Not sure what to do, but I am worried.
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Old 11-10-2012, 10:34 AM   #2
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I seem to recall there is this product by rustoleum that converts rust black primer. I would sand off the surrounding area, apply rustoleum and then several layers of touchup paint and clear coat.
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Old 11-10-2012, 10:41 AM   #3
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I seem to recall there is this product by rustoleum that converts rust black primer. I would sand off the surrounding area, apply rustoleum and then several layers of touchup paint and clear coat.
I would not do this. You are only going to make the area more noticable and worse. Unless you have experience with painting and bodywork do not sand your car and try and put touch up paint on it. Best to let a good body shop do it.
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Old 11-10-2012, 10:43 AM   #4
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OP, I have done this before on cars. The trick is to build up the layers one at a time. Gives very good results and saves $$. But hey, it's your money. A body shop can definitely do it.
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Old 11-10-2012, 10:46 AM   #5
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I seem to recall there is this product by rustoleum that converts rust black primer. I would sand off the surrounding area, apply rustoleum and then several layers of touchup paint and clear coat.
That doesn't fix anything and will make the area look like crap
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