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When I bought my car around 9 months ago there were a few areas that had rust spots; mainly above the rear number plate, the rear wheel arches and front nearside arch. I tried to fix it myself but the rust has reappeared in all those places! My car is also titanium silver which being metallic is a bitch to blend in using rattle cans. I've two questions If I may?

Am I wasting my time trying to sort it myself?
How much roughly would I be looking at for a body shop to fix this?

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your wasting your time!, bodyshop mate, and they will charge you a bit as i think the front wings will have to be new 1s, then when strayed they will have to feather the colour (being metalic) in to the doors and rear quarter if your having the arches done as well.
 

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How did you try and fix it mate?! I personally wouldn't trust body shops to REMOVE rust, as to do it propery can take some time. Most of the time it's just sanded down, filler and then painted.

It will always come back, really the only way is to cut out the metal and start again. However, if you take your time, use the correct products then you can make things look much better.
 

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I took all the paint away from the affected area then got rid of the rust on the outer panel, applied rust preventer then filled using filler, primed then reprayed. I think the problem lies in the fact that the inside of the panel which is inaccesible (unless panel removed) will be rusty as well which will just keep spreading if not completely removed and treated.
 

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I have a scratched door handle & 2 x small blisters on my N/S front wing lip, about the size of a drawing pin head. Ive just been to my local bodyshop & was quoted £150. He said he would drill out the affected area & fill with weld & grind back, treat the inside of the wing & repaint. Sounds like a good repair to me?? My 318 Ci is Gold BTW (dunno the real name or code for it)

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im doing mine at the mo, its 1999 and worth not a lot, so i'm just focussing on rust removal and a bit of black paint to make it look better.. not worried about getting a fantastic finish, would prefer it just not to rust so fast!!
 

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i had the same problem as yourself, i initially did it myself but the rust came back in a matter of months. thinking of getting it done again by a bodyshop in the summer but then again i might just leave it. cant make up my mind.
 

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Bodyshop wont spend much time on rust prevention

I used a dremel to clean back the rust to sound metal as much as possible, then a treatment of rust killer, sand back again, prime, paint, then wax and keep as clean as possible.
Brown rust on a black car is not flattering.
 

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I think I trust the bodyshop I use to do a decent job, they arnt expensive but they did a great job in matching up the wing on my Quartz Blue CLK when a Discovery reversed into it last year. I took my "toy" to them last year, a Volcano Orange MGF to have the front bumper painted to get rid of stone chips, they got their paint supplier out with a camera to try to get a good colour match but as the match only came back at 78%, he wouldnt paint it as he knew I wouldnt be happy with the finish. He knows I would expect a good job.
 
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