How Do Auto Body Shops Repair Rust Holes Without Welding?

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]]>WBFO]]> reports that more than 22 million people have experienced rust-related problems with their cars in the last 5 years. And it’s not slowing down!

The major reason for this situation is the climate and the car maintenance practices. With high moisture in climate, auto repair in Holland, PA, and other parts of the USA has almost become a norm. This moisture triggers rapid corrosion and hence this threatening rust.

If not handled in-time, it can make the car unusable. So taking your vehicle to a good auto body repair shop is the wisest option.

But what if you do not wish to make use of the welding technique to get rid of the rust? Is there any way around it? Well, absolutely yes!

There are multiple methods that auto body shops use to repair rust holes without welding. Here are two prominent methods:

A. Repair Rust Holes Without Welding

This is one of the most commonly used methods by auto body shops to repair rust holes without welding. Here is the six-step process:

1. Essentials

The mechanic starts with gathering the essentials and making sure that all the safety measures are being taken. The car is taken to a designated area that deals with rust repair. This area is fairly open and provides ample ventilation.

Mechanics also equip themselves with masks and gloves. Then the mechanics will gather the materials required for the process. That may include the mesh, fillers, primer, etc.

2. Sanding & Grinding 

The process begins with the removal of corrosion. It doesn’t matter if the corrosion has dug the hole or about it, every rusted part needs to be removed. And grinding is the best way to get it done.

Mechanics make sure that the safety equipment is in ideal condition and they are well protected from rust. Rust being an acidic product can do more damage than expected.

3. Seal Moisture

Now, since the rust is removed, then it cannot be left open. The moisture can take hold of the situation and in no time the rust can be formed again.

Hence, moisture sealing methods are applied by mechanics to prevent the further attack of the moisture.

4. Patch Rust Hole

Here comes the part of applying mesh and filler to patch the rust hole. The process is initiated with the trimming of the body panel. Then the mesh is applied to patch up the surface.

Although there are multiple ways to patch the rust hole, this has been one of the most effective methods.

5. Paint

Once the patch is dried, sand the area and create the desired smooth surface. Then paint it with the right color code to make it as if it was a new vehicle.

The important aspect that needs to be considered here is that the time given for drying up the surface needs to be optimum. As more time than usual can do harm as well!

6. Take It Home

Well, after the paint is dry, you can take your vehicle back!

But make sure to avoid all the instigators of corrosion.

B. Repair Rust Holes Using Fiberglass

This method is quite special as it does not require any kind of welding. Here’s all that you need to know:

1. Gather Supplies

Mechanics start the process by gathering supplies. These may include, sandpaper, grinder, wax, plastic container, paint, fiberglass matting cloth, hardener, primer, pieces of safety equipment, etc

2. Start With The Cut

As the name suggests, the process is quite simple. The mechanics start this process by cutting down the rust.

The process involves manually getting rid of the rust, as well as using a combination of compressed air, sander, media blasting, and machines.

3. Use Fiberglass

After cleaning up the surrounding area and getting rid of the removed rust, comes the process of applying fiberglass. 

With the right precautions, mechanics begin the work. Applying fiberglass involves immense concentration as even a small amount of slippage can cause prolonged irritation on the skin.

Thus, with a combination of methods that involve making use of resin, container, hardener, brush, fiberglass matting cloth, and the painter’s tape.

4. Initiate Sanding

This again is a critical step and involves a lot of manual labor. Mechanics give it enough time and make sure that the sanding is done as desired.

5. Patch Up The Fender

Making use of a die grinder and wire wheel, the dirt is cleaned. Then the primer is applied and the undercoating is initiated.

6. Finish Sanding & Use Primer

Again the sanding is taken on priority and the affected area is smoothened up. Ample time is given for drying. So the chances of the process backfiring are almost zero.

7. Paint it

The best part of the process is that at any given moment, there is no room for carelessness. And hence, the process remains almost flawless.

And following the same methodology, this step again involves applying primer before painting. So that the paint effect is being taken to the next level.

8. Polish it away!

After the paint is done, the process involves wet sanding and repainting if required. And then, the mechanics polish it all away!

A&G Customs Repair Rust Holes Without Welding

A&G Customs has been in the business for years and adopted every efficient method available to suit their customers.

Whether there is a requirement for auto repair in Holland or any other part of Pennsylvania, A&G Customs is just a phone call away from you.

Give a call to 215 669 3072, and we will get back to you before you know it!