View Full Version : Rusty rear arches

16-02-2005, 23:13
What the best way to do this? A new full rear panel? Anyone had it done? If so what did you pay and what were the results like?

big hp
16-02-2005, 23:24

you've seen my pics, get a genuine one and it'll be spot on.

16-02-2005, 23:41
Thought it was the last one?

big hp
17-02-2005, 08:49
I've occasionally seen them for sale. There was one on ebay just before christmas. If you wait i'm sure they'll pop up.

17-02-2005, 09:09
my passenger side one has started now.

should see it - in the space of a month its gone from wooo theres a little bubble.........jesus its spreading like a rash.

17-02-2005, 12:36
So what is the Northy approved Method? I need these sorted before the FCS

17-02-2005, 12:58
Mine looks like it has started where sealer has gone dry and cracked (allowing moisture to be held) on the inside of the rear wing and wheel arch.

So i will strip the paint off locally, and dig out the arch sealer. I'll probally have a look at the back of the panel aswell from inside see if i can see any nasties. Then it will be a good rub back to see how far the damage is into the metal. If its real crusty then it will be out with the dremel and welder.

I would do the prepairing of the primer...but would leave the top coats to a professional.

Remember its always gets into a worse condition once you start remeoving the paint...But at the min its not worth bothering about.

17-02-2005, 13:03
So for if you didnt do it yourself what would you have done? Cut in a new arch?

17-02-2005, 13:05
depends on the condition.

But in most cases -

I would get new metal let into the car locally.

17-02-2005, 13:06
Ok worst case senario, rust round the whole arch?

17-02-2005, 13:14
I see if there was a better car to start with :wink:

If there was rust all around the arch which was thin, flakey and badly pitted - I would let a new arch repair section in.

17-02-2005, 13:18
Can they be made to look mint if you cut a new arch in? I dont want to fanny about. I want a proper job so the rust wont come back.

big hp
17-02-2005, 13:36
Can be made to look mint yes. Just find someone that has done the job before and comes recomended.

17-02-2005, 13:37
How long will a decent body shop require the car for?

big hp
17-02-2005, 13:44
3/4 days i'd of thought.

17-02-2005, 14:51
The Kermanator had some arches cut in on both sides on his valver. It looks mint but for some reason, we don't know why, they don't look quite right. Like they're ever so slightly too rounded at the top of the arch.

I had my arch done but it was only a minor patch and it was just taken back to the metal, and I think filled and sprayed. Still looking ok.