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Old 06-17-2013, 05:45 PM   #31
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Awesome thanks just messaged that guy
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Old 06-17-2013, 10:24 PM   #32
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they dont deal with rust =(
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Old 06-18-2013, 02:14 PM   #33
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the tail piece is spot welded in place. any reputable place can deal with it no problem. I wouldnt waste time with a cut/patch on that section but thats me. Its not big flat area. Its smaller area with quite a bit of curve to it.
but really do what you want. Youll have a hundred opinions on what route to go.

I just dealt with that exact area and if wasnt bad(not from the underside. theres no guarantee it is you have to see when you start to take it apart and clean it up) it could be fixed easily. If its gone through id replace the whole tail piece.


heres an e36 with it removed and new one installed.







what Ive learned is also to use the oem paint code with real paint. best results everytime.
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Old 06-18-2013, 04:24 PM   #34
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My e46 has a lot of rust problems too and it sucks so I am also looking for some good shops where they can fix the rust.
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Old 06-18-2013, 04:31 PM   #35
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future of rust proofing?


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Love that seen it before
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Old 06-18-2013, 06:43 PM   #37
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Old 06-18-2013, 07:22 PM   #38
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thats trippy, wont you still have to wash dirt off? lol
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:55 AM   #39
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That is definitely overkill for this type of rust. It's like saying, cut the rear quarter panel off as well and weld a new piece for the that “lip rust” on OP's car.

Look at the spot weld lips on the yellow car. It's very bent now from all the drilling and hammering.
It would be fixed, but would it be detectable afterwards?

A good shop would recommend a patch panel, and it can be easily fabricated.
Better yet, buy the replacement piece and cut out the small section needed, and replace the rusted area on the white car.

That is what most good restoration shops would do.
It's better to keep the original pot welds if possible.

You are correct though, new metal is the best way to solve the rust issue!!!

I’ve unfortunately and briefly owed a BMW that was fixed by a highly reputable body shop in the GTA (won’t mention the name). Some serious rear panel replacements occurred.
I always found water in the battery area after driving in heavy water.
When they re-welded the new panels (drilled out old spot welds), I guess they never could get it to seal like the factory could.

They indicated it couldn’t have been their work, it must be something else.
Auctioned the car off.
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Old 06-19-2013, 02:08 PM   #40
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Oh I agree it may be overkill but it ensures you wont have to deal with that again. lol

ive fixed the same areas before myself...did NOT order the whole tail trim piece(though I didnt contemplate it). If rust is THAT bad then I think it should be done but like OP's? I dont think its needed either.
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Old 06-19-2013, 04:05 PM   #41
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It's a big job, but easy enough to do... just takes a long time. I did it on my track car, and you can't even tell it's been done:

http://www.maxbimmer.com/forums/show...138342&page=15

starts at post #222
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thanks. I would have been more meticulous if it was a street car, but it still worked out very well.
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