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    Default A small rusty patch on the trunk- how can I fix it?

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    Hi everyone,

    Wanted to get an opinion on what can be done and/or how to do it.
    I have this half inch long rust-dent on the trunk made by an ice scrapper...
    I got an estimate on it - $600 and a 3 day work, which I don't really know if it's reasonable or not.

    Is there a relatively easy way to clean the rust and apply some paint or a sticker or something to fix it by myself?
    I don't have any specialty tools on hand, so please suggest things that I can get and do by myself.
    The fix don't need to be perfect - just want to clean the rust as much as I can and cover it, so nothing will worsen.

    Car: Silver 2015 Toyota Corolla

    Thanks so much for all your help!
    Alex.

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    must have been a pretty heavy ice scraper to dent the top of the panel like that
    if you don't care what it looks like, just sand it out, hit it with some sort of rust converter like picklex or ospho, then put some primer on it. if you're not going to fix the little dent and paint to match, you could use some rustoleum rusty metal primer on it and then put your favorite bumper sticker over it.
    b marler

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    Quote Originally Posted by mode1111 View Post
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    Hi everyone,

    Wanted to get an opinion on what can be done and/or how to do it.
    I have this half inch long rust-dent on the trunk made by an ice scrapper...
    I got an estimate on it - $600 and a 3 day work, which I don't really know if it's reasonable or not.

    Is there a relatively easy way to clean the rust and apply some paint or a sticker or something to fix it by myself?
    I don't have any specialty tools on hand, so please suggest things that I can get and do by myself.
    The fix don't need to be perfect - just want to clean the rust as much as I can and cover it, so nothing will worsen.

    Car: Silver 2015 Toyota Corolla

    Thanks so much for all your help!
    Alex.
    $600 would be about right, it could go + or - $100.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mode1111 View Post
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    Hi everyone,

    Wanted to get an opinion on what can be done and/or how to do it.
    I have this half inch long rust-dent on the trunk made by an ice scrapper...
    I got an estimate on it - $600 and a 3 day work, which I don't really know if it's reasonable or not.

    Is there a relatively easy way to clean the rust and apply some paint or a sticker or something to fix it by myself?
    I don't have any specialty tools on hand, so please suggest things that I can get and do by myself.
    The fix don't need to be perfect - just want to clean the rust as much as I can and cover it, so nothing will worsen.

    Car: Silver 2015 Toyota Corolla

    Thanks so much for all your help!
    Alex.
    itís your car old boy. If a sticker does the job for you then why not! Do scuff down the rust to bare metal and prime / paint with something before doing so though then smooth it . Iíve committed far worse crimes on some of my old jalopies and they worked fine. You can just do it and if it doesnít work out for you then get it done right. I canít see it making anything worse down the road for you.
    That was no ice scraper. It looks more like someone dropped an ice skate or similar

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    i'd spend the $600 and move on. in todays money it's not too bad a price. the other option would be to find one in a used one the same color, but i doubt you'd do better price-wise.
    b marler

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    If you don't want to spend the money to have the dent and surface rust repaired properly then my advice is use something sharp to remove any of the flaking paint around the surface rust. Clean the surface rust to shiny bare metal with a piece of a scotch brite pad, sandpaper or something sharp to scrape the surface rust off. NO reason to use primer. Get a touch up paint pen in the correct color (from a dealer or online) and apply the paint as needed. It will look better than it does now and it won't continue to rust more. Total cost about $20. bada bing, bada boom ............. job done.
    LS says "Lets Go Brandon". He's like that.

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