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How do you do small body panel repairs on rust spots?

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If it's just surface rust with no holes use a grinder and clean the spot to bare shiny metal. Use some spot putty and completely cover the metal. Then sand it down smooth and put some primer on it. When you sand it down pay close attention to your edges. Sand them into the paint so that you can't feel the difference between the patch and the old paint. After the primer dries use a spray can and paint the spot because primer will absorb water and you will have to do the repair again.
If the spots have small holes in them you should get a can of body fill called "Tiger Hair". It has fiberglass in the compound and will easily fix small holes. Use this before the spot putty and sand it smooth. Then cover that with a thin layer of spot putty to fill any imperfections, primer and paint.
If you have holes bigger than 1/2 inch then you should be able to get small wire mesh patchs at your local auto parts store. These will stick to the bare metal after grinding and you can put your tiger hair over that. This will be a bigger patch. It will need to be about 3 times bigger than the hole you are filling to be relatively unnoticable.
This won't give you a show car but it should keep inspectors off your back. Hope this helps.

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