March 21, 2005I have a 75 chevy k10. The body isn't in that bad of shap but there is a good bit of surface rust on the bed. I have already replaced both doors and a fender so the cab is almost rust free. But i did body work on the bed last summer and over the winter all of the rust just bled back through th primer. i have also used lots of bondo on it to fill in dents and it is beginnning to crack. Could somebody tell me the right steps to take whne you grind away rust and then fill it with bondo.I really dont know anything about body work ao any information would be great. Thanks
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March 21, 2005Im kinda in the same boat here. I've started body work and have sanded down 1 side of the bed, the inside, and the tailgate. the bed is pretty scratched up and most turned to rust. the bondo that was previously on it has cracked. As far as i know there is some rust stopper stuff you can buy but i dont know if it will work. Tips here would help me too.
March 26, 2005Ok, well since no1 else reply'd ill tell you what im gonna do.
I had cracking bondo and sanded it mostly down to metal. im going to take the dented spot and around it all down to metal and put on all new bondo. make sure you get it all up, because if its cracking it probably wasnt prepped right the first time, make sure its coarse so the bondo will stick. also make sure the surface is cleaned and whatnot. where there is rust, i jsut went to Wal Mart and got some of that spray stuff that stops rust. i got 2 cans of it and im gonna use that. hope this helps. we will see in a year or 2 if i did it right haha
March 29, 2005xI talked to guys at a body shop and they told me that i just needed to seal the primer with paint.So i ground all of the surface rust back out and primed it with relly expensive primer and then painted it with spray paint until i totally paint the whole truck.I'll see in a couple of years if this works
March 30, 2005Im no expert on body work, but from what ive done on my truck i can tell you I sanded what i could away, bondo'd, sanded , primered , and spray can painted everything. I just used the spray cans at checker, or autozone wherever you go for stuff. And its been about 5-6 years, and i havent had any problems with rust coming back, or bleeding back through anything. I think as long as you get a couple of coats of anything on there, it will keep the moisture from getting to the metal. I do live in AZ, though too, we only get rain a couple months out of the year. Goodluck.
May 8, 2005Well, rattlecan will work for most small jobs, long as you prep it enough. Me I would replace the bed itself. Nothing better then to have someone throw a magnet at the bed during a show and it sticks. It would suck if it hit and fell off, even more if it scratched the paint...
BlueDumpster..... But I'm justa a rookie at bodywork, and love pure steel.....
October 6, 2005I was out on the internet looking at some of the forums, and decided to join this because I have had to learn the hard way just like most of us. Over the past 15 years, the most important thing I have learned is, ask professional people in the business. The more you ask, the more you learn. Get different pinions. I've prepped metal every way you can imagine, I'm not a professional but a seasoned novice. After you have gotten down to bare metal, start with a self etching primer available in spray cans for small jobs at auto paint stores. This will keep the rust from coming back. Next use kitty hair fiberglass for bringing the metal out. Try to get most of the dented area pulled out or staightened out. One of the reasons for the cracking is that bondo is not made for thick filler. Fiberglass gives the stiffness and body to keep from flexing. This is info that I got from one of my most trusted body men. (And the school of hard knocks) Bondo should only be used as a top coat. Some of your most prize winning cars are completely covered in bondo and blocked for that amazing straight look. (Overhaulin on T.V. uses this process.) I know that by now, you should be well on your way with your truck, but its never to late for a little info.