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    Evening Gents,


    Was looking at the 'to do list' and as my car is sound (touch wood) I want to get on and treat a few rust areas, and wondered what the best way to approach this was.

    I have a few minor bits of rust for example small spots on bonnett from scratched off paint, is this a case of sanding back and putting some paint on top, or is there a few stages first?

    The biggest spot is the passenger side rear wheel arch at the front, its visible from on the panel and then closer inspection see's it goes (est) 4inchs back on the inside of the wheel arch. Would you recommend digging the hole lot out creating a big hole and fill it with hammerite etc, or are there any known better ways of stopping the rot?

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    ive just taken my 316 to get its arch done....they cut out the rust weld another piece of metal in its place...thats best for stopping the rust! cost quite abit tho £140 for the arch but once its done its like new :-D.....imo you cant beat cutting out the rust...the prevention stuff you buy isnt as good as it says on the tin!
     
     

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    You can buy repair panels for the e46 very cheap online mate. Just search for an E46 n/s/r arch. Then you can get a reputable garage to weld it in, fill and paint it for you. Shouldn't cost too much, but it'll definitely be worth the money.

    Hope I helped you out.
    I'm a panelbeater if you need advice :]
     
     

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    I agree, welding is about the best for the rear arch.

    My front wing/arch is fooked, and as I'm on pretty good terms with my local body shop guy, he says it'll just be cheaper to source a new wing rather than have my front one fixed.
    I also have a few spots on my bonnet where paint has chipped and rusted.
    Not to hard to sand it down and paint, but you've got to be wary about the laquer, and the condition of the paint, else you'll end up having patches that look brand new compared to the rest.
    I was advised that the whole bonnet would (ideally) need respraying.
     
     

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