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Hi All,

I just noticed two small bubbles on each side of my 01's rear wheel wells. I know this is common but, I'm wondering what ya'll have done to remedy the issue on your rigs. I haven't dug into it yet and will be waiting till spring to assess the depth of the rust damage.

these couple little blisters have just popped up over the last couple weeks so, i'm assuming things aren't too far gone yet...

how did you fix yours and how's it holding up? -new metal? -grind and fill? wheel well flares ?

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If you catch it early before there's any holes, I'd wait for spring, grind 'em down as far as you can, do the whole "POR15" prep (they have sm kits on eBay) and repaint!
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I put some rustoluem rust reformer on underneath (comes in a spray can), then sprayed over it with rustoleum bed liner (also spray can) until I replace my bed in the spring. As far as I can see, it stopped it pretty good, and I have major rust cancer...

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i sanblasted mine and put herculiner on it i think it slowed it down but it dident stop it.
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They rust from the inside out. There is a foam behind the panel that gets saturated and then begins the rot. If you are seeing bubles or rust the problme is a bout 500 times worse than what you see. Run a wire wheel on a grinder over it and you will see what I'm talking about.

What I did was to wire wheel all the rust out. POR15 the sh&* out of it and then I put pocket style flares on.

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yea - aware of the foam issue.
also, it seems as there are two walls to the fenders in that area as the inside is nice and solid...?
i fully expected the inside to be toast...

anyway, POR is my friend: i did a bed off, full scaling and treating of the frame. it's holding up well!!

due to the regularity of this rot issue with these trucks, i figured some of you all have delt with it in one way or another...

thanks for the inputs and please keep them coming

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They rust from the inside out. There is a foam behind the panel that gets saturated and then begins the rot. If you are seeing bubles or rust the problme is a bout 500 times worse than what you see. Run a wire wheel on a grinder over it and you will see what I'm talking about.
Yep. I had one tiny little bubble on the driver side bedside. Maybe the size of a pencil eraser. Ground it down and tapped different areas with a pointy hammer. All said and done i needed a new bedside. Which now it should last forever because i ripped all that foam chit out of there.

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Yep. I had one tiny little bubble on the driver side bedside. Maybe the size of a pencil eraser. Ground it down and tapped different areas with a pointy hammer. All said and done i needed a new bedside. Which now it should last forever because i ripped all that foam chit out of there.
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what did the bedside run you (for the sheetmetal only)?

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