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    get rid of this please........



    I got the start of rust on the inner lip of the rear wheel arch.

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    i would say getting the arch sprayed would be the only way mate.

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    It depends what sort of job you want. If you just want to cover it up for a few months, just spray it. For a bit more work, rub the area down, apply something like Rust Eater, and then spray it. If you want it to be a perfect job that''ll look like it did when it was new, and to really guarantee that it won't spread any further, then it should be taken to a professional body shop.

    My dad used to have a Montego, and the wheel arches on there were terrible for rusting. After 4 years, they had pretty much rotted through in areas. He took it to a local bodyshop, and the cut and welded new arches on. It only cost about £300 for the pair.

    I did a few patch up jobs on other parts of the car myself, and they didn't look too bad, but were not perfect, and the rust did start to come through again after a few years. The new arches however, lasted well for the rest of the car's life.

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    ok - cheers for the replies.

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    Check out the Bilt Hamber site mate.

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    Help required folks!!

    I have the same issue as the OP unfortunately and I am looking advice before I tackle the problem, any help is appreciated
    I have a tub of Bilt Hamber De-Ox gel and it seems fairly straight forward, it's what to do after I'm unsure of. Any tips?

    After cleaning the affected area a bit and drying, then applying the De-Ox as per tub instructions what is the best way to touch up the paintwork? A rattle can? or I have a small tin of paint I got from paints4u, would that be better?

    If the little tin would suffice do I need to buy a primer first?

    Haven't a baldies tbh, many thanks

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    There's some good threads on VVOC of people that have repaired rusty arches, sills and bits and pieces.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keith1983 View Post
    There's some good threads on VVOC of people that have repaired rusty arches, sills and bits and pieces.
    Is that 'Vauxhall Owners Network'? If so, I can't find much on there. Chancing me arm for a link?

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    it's Vauxhall Vectra Owners Club.

    http://www.vvoc.co.uk/

    An awful lot of members here are also members there.

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    Assuming no metalwork (welding) is needed... Rub down the area you want to treat with a coarse sandpaper or a wire brush on a drill or angle grinder. Remove loose rust and scale. Treat the exposed metal as per the instructions on the De-Ox gel. Clean the area off. Apply (easy sanding) filler to reshape, if necessary. Allow to cure. Prime. Flat back with 320-grit wet and dry. Probably prime and then flat again (until it's right). Flat with 800-grit. Apply base coat. Apply lacquer before base coat has cured to ensure lacquer adhesion. Allow to cure for a few days. Polish with 2000-grit wet and dry, then rubbing compound. Et voila! Paul
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