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How To Patch A Rust Hole On A Car

by Lorenzo Lambert

Fixing a hole created by rust can help stop the rust from spreading to the rest of the car. Here is a step-by-step set of instructions to teach you how to patch a hole in your car.

You will need the following items:

  • Gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Sandpaper
  • A metal file
  • A metal mesh body patch
  • A can of automotive body filler
  • A plaster trowel
  • A can of primer paint
  • A can of paint that matches the color of the car

1 - Start by putting on the gloves and safety glasses, which should be worn throughout this job. The glasses will prevent possible dust and debris from getting into your eye while you work. The gloves will prevent any of the rust of painting from coming into contact with your skin throughout this entire process.

2 - Begin scraping off all the loose pieces of paint around the rust by sanding it off with sandpaper. Make sure that no loose pieces of paint remove before you proceed with the removal of the rust. Use a hard abrasive type of sandpaper like a 60-grit to ensure you remove the paint and get down to the metal.

3 - Using the metal file to file down to the rusted area and get rid of all spots of rust. Make sure that the area is filed down to the metal and then sand off any rough edges that remain afterwards.

4 - Inside the hole where the rust was filed down insert a metal mesh body patch to fill the hole. The patch will act as a filler that will allow the automotive body filler to adhere to and stick to the rest of the vehicle.

5 - Over top of the metal mesh body, apply the automotive body filler over top using the plaster trowel. Make sure you apply enough to cover the entire surface area and ensure that it is spread evenly over the spot. Smooth out any rough spots with the trowel and then let the area dry for a full twenty-four-hour period to allow the body filler to harden.

6 - Sand down the hard body filler with sandpaper to smooth out any rough edges and then apply primer over the area and let it dry to touch.

7 - Apply a final coat of paint over top. Make sure that you match the paint to the correct color of the car otherwise you will be able to visibly see the difference in paint on the car. Let the paint dry for a full twenty-four hours to complete the job.

If you have any problems patching the car or there are multiple holes, you should take it into an auto body repair shop (such as CARSTAR Tim's Collision). The repair technicians at an auto body shop will have experience in dealing with all types of rust spots and can salvage the body of the vehicle.