Bought this golf a few months ago, before winter, just started noticing this stuff, what looks like rust?
Anything I can do to fix this, or prevent it? It's happening on both sides of the vehicle.
yeah that's rust. You'll have to totally brush it all off down to bare metal, possibly weld a patch in if the metal is totally rusted out, smooth with body filler, prime and re-paint.
if you're not up for all that, It looks like you could clean the staining off that paint with a really good wax job, and if you keep the car clean it may stay like that for a long time before getting worse, but I bet the inside of that fender is pretty nasty looking.
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i bet there is plenty of rust right under that paint.... is it lifted ? flimsy ?
if so u need to remove surface paint then sand n use epoxy filler or just cut n weld it with sheet metal
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There's no question, that's rot.
It looks like it's pretty bad. I suspect you'll find penetration. Mk4's have a 12 year rust perforation warranty that I've exercised a few times. Don't do anything with it if you expect to make a warranty claim. Just take it in and point at the warranty, make sure you go to a dealer that has a good reputation cause it doesn't work everywhere. You might want to pull back the fender liner and make sure there isn't a huge pile of wet soil back there egging it on too. This happens VERY frequently on trailing area of the front fender on the mk4 chassis and ought to be cleaned out seasonally. I've small plants sprouting in there even. GL.
Why is your front fender molded in to the body down there? Judging by this and the poor body line as it gets higher, some shoddy bodywork is to blame and VW will probably deny any warranty work on it. Shame about the fender being molded in, I imagine finding a silver Mk4 fender is even easier than finding some sort of meme to fit this situation.
that car has seen shoddy body work at some point. Whether cosmetic or repair work, it obviously wasn't done right and moisture has gotten in behind it and started to rust. you can grind it down and repaint but it's just going to come right back because it's coming from the inside.
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And not to put too fine of a point on the tangent- but this is why carfax is SHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIT.
A properly fixed car would not have this issue.
A cheaply fixed car (not turned in on insurance) would.
So Carfax can go suck Carfox balls.
Last edited by BRealistic; 03-20-2012 at 12:03 AM.
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