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Old 03-11-2003   #1
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Uno Rust Problem

I was washing my previously spotless Uno after a 500 mile round trip this weekend when I found a rust bubble. After poking at it a bit it appears to be more than just a rust bubble.

What would be the best way of tackling this before it gets worse? Could I do it myself? I have very limited experience of this, or would a bodyshop be the best bet.

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Oh yes, it's on the roof just above the front door and windscreen in case that isn't clear from the picture.

The car is otherwise mint, mechanically maintained regardless of cost and washed and polished every weekend. [:(!]

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Bubbles are bad news:
the tin worm has got out from under the trim - possibly the paint was damaged when the trim was fitted.

Years ago we had a UNO and there was a bubble at the base of a small glazed area behind the rear door. I peeled the rubber back, popped out the glass, dug out the rust (which was a lot more than expected), repainted it and put it back together again.
It didn't come back in the few years we had it afterwards.

I suppose I'm saying you need to remove the trim strip, and dig :)

I've got no idea how that piece of trim is fixed on yours, sorry :(


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Hei.

I think these trims are just snapped on. Because the one closest to your picture has popped up (on my car). And it's impossible to get it back, because it's broken some sort of way. You have to dig out as much rust you can, and add some stuff which "transforms" the existing rust into a black metal. At least I did. It turned completely black, and was overpaintable the day after. No signs of it coming back.

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Cheers for the replies guys.

Did you touch the paint in or did you spray it Morten?

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You are better of touching up such a small area as u may get over spray and it will not be as glossy as the rest of your paintwork. As Morten says sand it down to bare metal then use a rust inhibitor, gel is best then light sand and a few coats of touch up.
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Touch up paint it is then. Can anyone recommend a good rust treatment?

@Pete, thanks for the reply, I'm living in Belfast at the minute after 5 years in Tipperary.

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