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Rust is the biggest enemy of your car's metal parts. A common area on your vehicle where rust tends to build up on would be your vehicle's rocker panels since water and mud tend to splatter on them. Rocker panels are exterior body parts that are typically installed below a car's side doors to conceal the outer frame rail and protect the car doors and sides from flying debris. As mud, dirt, and water build up in the rocker panel, it'll rust over time and should be replaced before it wears out completely. Minor rust build up can still be scrubbed out or cleaned, but for bigger holes or widespread rust, you'll need to get a rocker repair panel in order to replace it entirely. Depending on your vehicle's make and model, removing an old rocker panel could be easy as removing a few bolts here and there, but some rocker panels in older vehicle may need to be cut out instead. You may also need to repaint the rocker panel so that it will match your car's color scheme. For most people, it might be better to purchase a rocker repair panel first, and then have a mechanic install it for them instead. A rusty rocker panel might not be able to protect your vehicle's sides well from flying debris and should be replaced immediately. It'll also be cheaper to replace a rocker panel than to repair or replace an entire door panel. Find the right rocker repair panel only here at Auto Parts Warehouse. We've been in the car parts and accessories business since 1995 and have since grown to become one of the best companies in the industry. Thanks to our huge catalog of over 500,000 different car parts and accessories, you'll have an easier time finding the exact component that you need for any vehicle make or model. With our heavily discounted prices, you won't have to go over your budget just to get your ride upgraded or repaired. Moreover, we offer other perks such as a Price Match Guarantee, free shipping on orders above $50, flexible payment plans, and even extended warranty options. Best of all, we deliver your purchases faster than any of our competitors thanks to our strategically placed warehouses all over the country. Don't let a worn out rocker panel ruin the look of your car. Find the right rocker repair panel for your vehicle and order one from Auto Parts Warehouse today!

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DIY Steps: Welding a Rocker Repair Panel onto Your Car

Perhaps you misjudged the distance of that concrete planter box while parking. Or maybe it's rusted so badly that it's got more holes than a cheese grater. Either way, your car's rocker panels have certainly seen better days. Luckily, there are repair panels available for almost any automobile that can make your dented or deteriorated rocker panel looking brand new. In this guide, we are going to teach you how to install rocker repair panels on your own.

Difficulty level: Moderate to Difficult

Tools needed:

  • Angle grinder
  • Wire brush
  • MIG welder

Step 1: Sand the damaged part until bare metal is exposed at least 2-3 inches around the area to be repaired.

Step 2: Mark off the area to be removed with a pen or marker. You can use the repair panel as a guide on where to cut.

Step 3: Using your angle grinder, carefully cut out the damaged portion of the rocker panel. Make sure not to stray from the lines.

Step 4: Clean the surface underneath the removed section of the panel with a wire brush and rust converter spray.

Step 5: Fit the repair panel against the rocker panelso that it will be even with the area you've cut out. You may have to do some trimming here or there to make the fit perfect.

Step 6: Place some tack welds at the bottom of the repair panel, where it meets the pinch weld (that flange of metal extending down the body of the car on each side) at the lower part of the car.

Step 7: Press the repair panel against the upper portion of its mounting point and apply tack welds on the side and top to hold it in place. Continue welding the panel with spot welds until it is completely shut.

Step 8: Grind down the spot welds (using a grinder) until it is level with the surrounding metal. Once it's smoothed out, apply some self-etching primer onto the sheet metal to prevent the exposed surface from rusting until it is painted over.

Tips

  • Avoid making long welding beads. Doing so may warp the thin metal.
  • Make sure you wear safety goggles, dust masks, and protective gloves when welding, cutting, and grinding metal.
  • Purchase a rocker repair panel that matches the exact make and model of your vehicle.