Hello !
Northern Virginia Jeepers Association
December 12, 2018, 05:06:16 PM

Pages: [1] Go Down
  Print  
Author Topic: Rust fix help needed  (Read 610 times)
0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.
unleashd
Offline
Member 2018
*
Posts: 173
« on: April 16, 2018, 10:37:36 AM »

There are a couple of rust spots on my TJ that IMO need quick attention before they get worse. The one spot on my driver side front fender is almost rusted through. The two other smaller spots are on the tail gate hinges which might be even be just paint flaking off and not rust as the hinges themselves look like alloys. Picture below for reference.

I have zero experience with fixing rust and would appreciate if someone in this group can help with fixing these. I do not mind getting my hands dirty and do the work under close supervision Smile Repayment will be in cash / kind as suitable  Thumbs Up I saw a couple of replacement fenders on CL, but I am not sure if the $$$ warrant a full replacement.







Don't mind the ding/dent at the bottom right. Jeeps in the wild do get some boo-boos  Twisted Evil Laughing Mr. Green

Logged

************
KN4MAT
2004 Jeep Wrangler Sport
sirjames186
Offline
Member 2018 VA4WD
*
Posts: 2458
05 LJ
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2018, 10:42:29 AM »

That's a pretty common spot to get rust on the fenders, you should be able to find some take offs pretty cheap.  IMO it's not worth the trouble to fix it.

Same for the rear hinges, talk to someone parting out a Jeep and just get new ones.  Having a larger tire you might also want to consider getting a HD tailgate hinge.  https://www.retrofitoffroad.com/product-category/morryde-jeep-tj-heavy-duty-tailgate-hinges/

Logged

"I'm no longer ashamed to wheel with you." - Jeremy
RFH_98TJ
Offline
Member 2018
*
Posts: 1150
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2018, 10:47:53 AM »

The fenders will be a pain to fix with any type of long term positive results.  That is the classic spot where they rust.  They also rust about halfway down the fender where the hood intersects them.  The rust will come back out again on those - no matter how it is done, it will only be temporary.  IMHO you should be looking for new fenders at this point if you want it to be gone.  Mine are doing the same thing, just not as bad yet.

The hinges are corroding because water has gotten under the paint and bubbled it loose.  The hinges are aluminum with steel pins.  Those could be removed and repainted if you wish to.  The screws can sometimes be hard to remove.  Soak with good oil a few days before you try to remove them.  A lot of people just paint them black after cleaning them up.  You could also just find used ones (cheap) or replace with new ones.

Logged

98 TJ 4.0 Sport 5-speed - 4" lift on 33s, 4.56 on D30 with Lock Right and Ford 8.8 LS, more stuff to come

- Frank
unleashd
Offline
Member 2018
*
Posts: 173
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2018, 10:52:34 AM »

That's a pretty common spot to get rust on the fenders, you should be able to find some take offs pretty cheap.  IMO it's not worth the trouble to fix it.

Same for the rear hinges, talk to someone parting out a Jeep and just get new ones.  Having a larger tire you might also want to consider getting a HD tailgate hinge.  https://www.retrofitoffroad.com/product-category/morryde-jeep-tj-heavy-duty-tailgate-hinges/


Guess, I'll just find a replacement fender Smile At some point I'm going to relocate the spare tire from the tailgate to a bumper mounted rack. So, I'll keep these tailgate hinges and repaint them as Frank has suggested.

Logged

************
KN4MAT
2004 Jeep Wrangler Sport
RFH_98TJ
Offline
Member 2018
*
Posts: 1150
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2018, 11:00:52 AM »

When you do replace the fender, allow yourself way more time than you think you might need.  Start in the morning.  The bolts have a habit of breaking off and so do the smaller ones on the fender flares.  You may wish to buy a complete replacement set for the fender and flare before you start.  Or, at least know what size they are and who has them (Lowes, HD, Ace, etc.).  Spray them with penetrating oil before you start, a few days in advance.

Logged

98 TJ 4.0 Sport 5-speed - 4" lift on 33s, 4.56 on D30 with Lock Right and Ford 8.8 LS, more stuff to come

- Frank
highlandercj-7
Offline
Member 2018 VA4WD
*
Posts: 1319
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2018, 11:27:49 AM »

I would put a set of corners on it and cover the damage as well as prevent more. I would also fix that little sport on the front fender to kill the rust. Then put a set of covers on it or bedliner the top of the fenders.

Logged

HighlanderCJ-7
unleashd
Offline
Member 2018
*
Posts: 173
« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2018, 11:48:43 AM »

Thanks for the tips!!

Logged

************
KN4MAT
2004 Jeep Wrangler Sport
all4jpn
Offline
Forum User
Posts: 2573
« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2018, 11:57:27 AM »

When u get new fenders, buy a tube of seam sealer and go to town on the underside where jeep should have

Logged

Pages: [1] Go Up
  Print  
 
Jump to:  

Powered by EzPortal
Officers:
President: Stephen Clough (overhead) | Vice President: Donnie Herrity (Jeepin_Donnie) | Secretary: Robyn Kronthal (sticksout)
 Treasurer: Danille Wilson (TJ Girl) | Member-at-large: John Davis (jdavis2nd)

Board of Directors:
Andrew Harvin (HarvinJeep) | Dave Plummer (HAWAIICJ) | Sean McCready (Unl1mtd)
Jeff Wilson (jwilson2598) | Aaron Thomson (Jeep Freak) | Dain Wilson (Gr8Dain)

Founding Fathers:
 Jason Markvart (LNDSRK)  | Steve Scott (Islander90) | Josh Storer (Jastor)| Mike Finelli (BiggMike) | John Harper (Opie)

Disclaimer Statement:
All images from NoVaJeepers.net are exclusive to the Northern Virginia
Jeepers Association. Any reproduction of exclusive Northern Virginia
Jeepers Association material is strictly prohibited without written
consent of the Northern Virginia Jeepers Association. Jeep,
Wrangler, Cherokee, Commander, Compass, Patriot, Liberty, Unlimited,
Rubicon, SRT, HEMI and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked
to Chrysler LLC. NoVaJeepers.com, Northern Virginia Jeepers Association
is not in any way associated with the Chrysler LLC.
Powered by SMF 1.1.21 | SMF © 2015, Simple Machines | Theme Design by: Xarcell