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Re: GOOD IDEA put in metal NOT fiberglass
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Posted by Snowmobile [Email] (#686) [Profile/Gallery] (more from Snowmobile) on Fri, 25 Sep 2020 11:55:08 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: GOOD IDEA put in metal NOT fiberglass, saabsince 93b [Profile/Gallery] , Thu, 24 Sep 2020 17:09:15
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I would say that any repair in the dogleg area is a temporary repair at best. It traps gunk in behind the metal and wheel liner surfaces and rots from the inside out. So, like most rust issues, what you see is the tip of the iceberg - by the time you see it, there is more to it than you realize!

That said, on our 2004, the doglegs looked perfect when I bought the car (used, 2009, dirt cheap as SAAB was failing). 4 years later, there was a tiny bubble of paint raising along the edge of the dog leg, but not rust coloured at all and would look perfect from a distance. I decided to nip it in the bud... after removing all the trim below, wheel well liner, wheel, everything, and wire wheeling the rust, I had a perforation about 1/8" to 1/4" on the inside surface that faces the wheel. The Skandix metal would replace that, but the orio metal does not. The outermost surface you see is the last one to rust! Anyway, that surface I did the POR15/Fiberglass trick and it was still pretty good this spring when I redid the doglegs on that car... so it lasted about 7 years. Other stuff was rusting around it though. POR15 is amazing stuff if applied correctly!

All that said, I would not waste time welding metal in there unless it was a show car. Too much effort for a tiny hole like I had, and if the rust was really that bad there that something like the Scandix patch was needed, well, in my experience, there will be rust elsewhere also, so one would be better off finding a cleaner example to buy. That is the case with our wagon, but I'm basically going to fix what I can until it is not worth doing anymore - it came to us having never been oil sprayed after about 10 years of salt belt use... nothing you can really do that point other than prolong it's existence as best you can... I am thinking of welding a fender in on it - one part that is quite a bit worse than the rest of the car.

There are times I wished I lived in California! Seriously envy y'all every time I deal with rust on cars!
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