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Is spider rust a thing?

Discussion in 'Body' started by Jenny Frappell, Mar 22, 2016.

  1. Jenny Frappell

    Jenny Frappell Active Member

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    I am debating whether to do an all over job of the kombi ($big) or just the roof, rails and around Windows and edges of doors, and a respray of existing paint. I have no structural rust but the panel beater has dire warnings of spider rust rearing an ugly head in the future. Does this exist? Will the paint job seal it in and contain it? I would save a substantial amount $. I would also maintain its originality. I live near the sea so am keen to do something with the roof soon.
     
  2. nils

    nils Well-Known Member

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    Its not just your imagination Jenny, it does exist. It is actually called filiform corrosion. If you want to learn what causes it and how to tackle it, google it now you know the real name.
     
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  3. Jenny Frappell

    Jenny Frappell Active Member

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    Thanks for that. I had better save up then!
     
  4. StevieVW

    StevieVW Well-Known Member

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    something new to learn every day
     
  5. Jenny Frappell

    Jenny Frappell Active Member

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    It is definantly a steep learning curve.
     
  6. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    certainly can be but take the time to familiarise before getting in deep other than sorting safety and engine reliability items such as fuel lines and cooling parts all working well.
    the rust mentioned above wont progress at any great speed so plenty of time.
    add a layer of wax if near the sea and worried....
     
  7. Jenny Frappell

    Jenny Frappell Active Member

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    Good advice. I have bought some good car washing products. I do plan to check every thing out mechanically and fix all the little broken things first while I save for the paint job. Blue slip and a new set of tires today!
     
  8. Poptop

    Poptop Well-Known Member

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    I'm scared of spiders and rust
     
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  9. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    I'm not scared of spiders, but really don't like spiders or rust.

    Spiders are much easier to sort, than rust....;)
     
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  10. Alpal

    Alpal Moderator Staff Member

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    Never been bitten by rust!
     
  11. evan&janine

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    David had 'spiders from mars' and Neil had 'live rust'.
     
  12. Jenny Frappell

    Jenny Frappell Active Member

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    I'm confused. Must have rust on the brain!
    Should I get the car sealed until i can afford to paint it?
    The last fellow who quoted said that people pay him to make their Kombis look like mine. Classic.
     
  13. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    Owners of ' rats' are not normal people :)

    They also usualy need to protect their 'heavy patina' .
     
  14. winerot

    winerot Active Member

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    You will find spider rust starts when a shell is taken back to metal then left in the open air (moisture) then a spider web looking rust starts to form.
    Two things a respectable spray painter will tell you - 1 never leave a metal shell sit prime it straight away - 2 never touch metal without gloves on moisture in your skin will contaminate the metal.
    Hence the name spider rust.
     
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  15. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    Last quote??

    Did you ask someone to seal it?

    Its something you can easily and cheaply do yourself
     
  16. Jenny Frappell

    Jenny Frappell Active Member

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    No, i haven't asked anyone to seal it. i have seen Penetrol at bunnings. Would this do the job? I had heard that it can turn yellow after a while. I have just been washing and waxing.
     
  17. Jenny Frappell

    Jenny Frappell Active Member

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    it was a quote for painting.
     
  18. Jenny Frappell

    Jenny Frappell Active Member

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    So I shouldn't wash it?
     
  19. winerot

    winerot Active Member

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    Are we talking about the whole body or just a small bit of bare metal, if its the latter you just do as mentioned above with temp seal or a spray can of primer to seal.
    You see a lot of vehicles on the road with patches of grey colour (primer) to protect their vehicle until they can afford painting.
    Modern cars do not apply they are just a load of plastic fantastic junk :p.
     
  20. Jenny Frappell

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    Can you get a clear sealer? The grey looks daggy.
     

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