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    So as I was removing more of the outter rocker, came across something I wasn't expecting. The inner panel of the A pillar comes down and out, sitting on the floor and inner rocker( blue arrows). Part of it was rotten(out lined in red) I made a template of it, then cut some of it out. So the inner A panel metal is fine but the floor/inner rocker it sits on is garbage. Not sure how I'm going to replace the floor/rocker without messing with the A pillar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 89Blaze View Post
    What rust converter do you use to take care of surface rust on inner panels, like surface rust in the A or B pillar cavities. Picklex? Thanks
    It's difficult to treat rust where you can't get to it, I like Cavity Wax in situations like that. We normally use the 3M products shown below to coat interior spaces that can't be reached using Zero Rust or Picklex.


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    Thanks Len, I was looking closer and realized the panel I need was the kick panel. After a little bit of searching, Auto Metal Direct has them, ordered it up.
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    Do you coat the inside of the rocker with anything before installing it? I was thinking of scuffing up the ecoat and putting a layer of Zore Rust. Then after it's painted 3m cavity wax.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 89Blaze View Post
    Do you coat the inside of the rocker with anything before installing it? I was thinking of scuffing up the ecoat and putting a layer of Zore Rust. Then after it's painted 3m cavity wax.
    That's exactly what we've been doing.

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    Ok, thanks Len.

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    Got all the rusted metal out, part of the floor,inner rocker,kick panel and outer rocker. Like a dope, I pulled the truck in and started tearing it apart. Right after I cut the kick panel out, I realized my welder won't reach! I have the A-pillar and floor supported, so I can't move the truck. I've been wanting an extension cord for my welder anyways! So just waiting on that and some Picklex-20. Got my Zero Rust in today so I'll be coating the insides of the panels. Just a few pics, everything cut out and throwing the new panels in seeing how the fit.
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    So I went and looked at this truck today, it has a solid body, good rockers and other parts they don't make for the Suburban. My question is about removing panels off a donor vic, do you approach it any different? Or just drill spot welds and cut out? To speed up the process and get the truck out of my driveway, could I cut a chunks out of what I need, and
    dissect it later. Thanks!
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