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Ok so when I bought my truck there was a little spot of rust right above the trim on the rear fender on the passenger side besides that clean as can be. Got it fixed twice, just had it grinder down and repainted but it came back each time, today I took the trim off and found all of it!!!! Also had it staring on the other side thinking it's just a little spot and Then i took the trim off and it was worse than I thought. Question is can this be cut out and repaired or is to late, and I'm better off just selling my truck at this point. Here are some images of it below

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that really ain't that bad compared to a lot i have seen.
you have three options.
#1: cut out the bad and replace with patch panels.
#2: replace the bed skins.
#3: replace the whole bed with a clean southern bed.
of these options, #3 is usually the cheapest.
 

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Ok so when I bought my truck there was a little spot of rust right above the trim on the rear fender on the passenger side besides that clean as can be. Got it fixed twice, just had it grinder down and repainted but it came back each time, today I took the trim off and found all of it!!!! Also had it staring on the other side thinking it's just a little spot and Then i took the trim off and it was worse than I thought. Question is can this be cut out and repaired or is to late, and I'm better off just selling my truck at this point. Here are some images of it below

Passenger rear side:



Drivers rear side:




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I bought a pair of Bushwacker cut out fender flares and I live in the rust belt. I did not like how far they stuck out so I trimmed them down before installing them. Used a 4 inch grinder with a cut out wheel. All rust was gone. Came out great and 5 years later still looked great
 

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Cut it all out, once you see it on the surface you can plan to lose alot of metal in that area. Once you start chipping away it just keeps going deeper. However you will find bare metal soon enough, knock ALL of the rust off then treat the metal with rust stopper like Chassis saver. Now you can cover the damage with a flare and forget about it

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Find another bed

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Flatbed that sucker

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Sell truck to me cheap and I will do it
96 = built in 95 = 22 years old, its going to start showing its age eventually!

DO NOT SELL OBS just because of some cosmetic stuff....its what's underneath that really counts
 

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That is extremely minor. Yes, it has to be cut out and the good metal treated so it doesn't continue, as stated above. As for the "restorative" options, one's been overlooked - flares. Look up Bushwacker Street Flares. VERY low profile, not meant to make your truck look like a mudder.
 

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You can clean it up grind it ECT. The once you bare metal you spray it with ospho. It will stop the rust and turn what's left to primer. Prime the rest of the area and repaint.
 

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I just installed stock Ford flares from an 08 onto a 99 and it hid all the wheel well rust nicely! First I removed the crappy chrome stick on flares that were on there that likely caused the rust to begin with. Then I knocked the big pieces off with a screwdriver. Next a sanding disc/flapper wheel on a grinder was used with 120 grit to take the remaining rust off and down to bare metal. I also used the flapper wheel to feather the edges of the stock paint down to the bare metal. Then I cleaned the fenders and the bare metal, hit with a rust stopping primer and flat white krylon paint (my fenders are white)
I found some black flares on Craigslist from a 2008, the guy updated his truck to bushwhacker style pocket flares so I scored for $40!
The 08 flares fit the 99 truck bed and front fenders perfectly, just had to cut the front ones off at the bumper...It literally took me an hour per fender, the drivers side ended with a 3" diameter rust hole right through it, the flare covered the entire area. I'm happy truck looks great
 

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When mine go I'm gonna install fibre glass bed sides that are flared and Linex the underside of the glass to make it stronger.
 
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