My car (2004 Honda Accord LX) has some rust on the quarter panel just above the wheels (Please see the attached figure). Some people are telling me that I would need to replace the whole quarter panel for solving this problem, while as per the opinion of others, alternate and cheaper solution apart from changing the quarter panel is also possible. Do I really need to replace the entire quarter panel to remove this rust and make sure that it does not spread any more? FYI, I live in an area which is quite prone to rust problems due to excessive salt use during snowing.
There is another thing I would like to ask. I am not planing to visit a body shop quite soon. Is there any way (like, spraying, etc.) that I can use to temporarily stop or slow down progression of the rust until I will be visiting an auto body shop?
First, make sure that the plastic inner fender liner (so common on older Hondas) is removed, so that no additional moisture is held to the rear fenders...after that (or if you do not have this handicap) know that you can sand down and treat the affected areas...but this would be temporary. Clean the spots with some aggressive compound, and then seal with a wax....that is the cheapest and most effective way to deter any additional expansion of the rust! You could actually sand those spots down and then brush touch with matching color/clear paint, and then finish with a protective wax (carnuba)...that is a stage #2 process...and it works...but for how long?
You can do what Luhnas suggests, that's the cheapest option if your handy. But from my experience, most collision shops will only replace the whole panel, but you can find a smaller body shop that will just repair the effected areas if you want.
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