Replacing 1/4 panel versus a Patch

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  1. badazz81z28

    badazz81z28 Veteran Member

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    What are the thoughts on this? The passenger 1/4 has some damage, but its right on the body line. When is it ok to just use a patch or is it better to just replace the whole thing?
     
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    Twisted_Metal Administrator Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    What kind of damage?
    Is there any rust on any of the quarter or its neighboring parts?

    If it's only dented and not rusted... Work it out and keep your original sheet metal.
    IMO, a bit of filler is acceptable if it's done right.
     
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    If your going to use a full aftermarket qtr panel that doesn’t fit, you will curse so your better off to keep as much of the original sheet metal as you can and go with a patch.
     
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    I have to agree with COPO, mush easier to adapt discrepancies with just a patch than with a whole quarter.
     
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    Check the outer wheelhouse and trunk dropoff on the bottom by the drain plug for rust if its allot I would replace the qtr. I was in the same situation and had to replace what I listed bc what I couldn’t see was so bad. I had never done it before but I read allot and did it
     
  6. Jim Streib

    Jim Streib https://www.flickr.com/photos/121766713@N04/albums

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    While it depends on where the patch joints will be at, if you are not worried about how it looks on the inside with seeing these seams, then great, but it might also throw up a flag to someone wondering how well other things might or might not have been done.

    Yep, what you might see on the outside could only be the tip of something worse that's hiding.

    Jim
     
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    Put up some pics so we know what kind of damage you're talking about
     

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