Rocker Panel Woes

tagius

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Apr 13, 2014
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OKC, Oklahoma
So I started stripping paint from the driver's rocker panel and came across some corrosion. Since I'm new to the body and fender world, I'm not sure how to handle it. Do I replace it or can stop it with some type of chemical? Need help.











 

volsfan

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Jan 4, 2008
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That doesn't look bad. I think you can cover it in epoxy primer and never have to worry about it. Of course I'm no professional either so hopefully the pros will chime in.
 

Paint Fumes

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Aug 22, 2004
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I would get a small hand held sandblaster and blast all the pits clean. That doesn't look bad at all.
 

76_TypeLT

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Paint Fumes said:
I would get a small hand held sandblaster and blast all the pits clean. That doesn't look bad at all.

This is what I would do before using any chemical treatment.

What would concern me is what's on the OTHER side of the metal he can't see. Rust is some evil stuff and will eventually come back to haunt you if you don't knock it out. If there aren't any holes through the metal after doing some spot media blasting, then he should be fine with just media blasting and then epoxy primer. But I would cut out and replace any areas that have visible rust holes with new metal. Hopefully it won't come to that, but a few small matches are easy to tackle.
 

kimosabi

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Oct 7, 2013
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Now that the cat is out of the bag you have too many pits there for moisture to sit. You can treat it with chemicals, rust stop, vinegar or whatever but it WILL come back. Rocker panels are subject to any and all types of conditions, like weather, flying bits, moisture etc etc.

I would only consider new steel if you don't have a professional paintbooth available where it can sit hot and dry for a week before you reseal it.
 

Rick WI

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Jul 9, 2001
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Madison, WI
I'd agree to blast the rocker first and see if holes develop. If so, rust is on the inside as well. That means, for a correct restoration, replace the part.
 

CamarosRus

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Feb 16, 2000
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Auburn,WA (between Sea & Tac)
I'm looking for pictures/advice on replacing rear portion of rocker (below qtr)
where it has rusted through.

Does AMD now offer bother inner & outer rockers ????

What about grafting in Donor metal from different Camaro ???
or is cutting all the original spot welds and prepping everything
just too much time and energy ??
 

76_TypeLT

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Jul 26, 2008
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After what I have seen other members do, replacing a rocker panel is not an impossible job. Some guys have replaced entire frame rails, entire roof panels, etc. So I wouldn't be afraid to tackle a rocker panel.

I am sure there is a write up in this forum about how to do it right. Ultimately you are going to MEASURE, MEASURE, MEASURE and then brace that area (front-to-back and side-to-side) since rocker panels are structural. Then it's a matter of cutting all the spot welds. I am greatly simplifying this process, but it can be done with proper planning and patience.

I would also look into replacing the rotted section with a piece from a donor car. Do you have pics of the rotted area?
 




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