|1991 VW Golf Mk2 Dent Removal|
Car: 1991 VW Golf Mk2 1.8 Driver
After a local random act of vandalism, with many car windows being smashed, the 3 rear windows on this mk2 Golf had been put through!
Replacing the window glass is relatively easy on fixed windows on cars of this age as they are simply held in by a window rubber and can be fitted very easily using some thin rope, or for more difficult windows, thin rope and some Fairy washing up liquid, which will help to ease the rubber seal over the metal rim.
We managed to replace the glass straight away.
At the time the windows were damaged, the rear hatch had received a dent. It was in the weeks later that we got around to fixing this dent.
The dent was only small, but the paintwork had become damaged and this would only lead to rust problems!
Because the damaged part of the bodywork went underneath part of the window rubber it could mean that any rust appearing up at the top of the rear windscreen would work its way around the window seal to the bottom causing more places to rust, so obviously we needed to sort this problem out.
Although the initial part of this repair was being carried out with the rear window glass and seal in place, it was difficult to work on the part of the damage underneath the rubber seal, and so the rear window glass was removed and replaced when the job was done.
Although it was only a small dent, the paintwork was damaged, meaning that a repair was going to be necessary to prevent the whole area becoming rusty.
Masking tape was put into the seal to help pull it away enough to work on the damaged area. Then the masking tape was applied directly around the dent and some P38 epoxy filler was applied.
After some rough sanding, the filler was taking the basic shape of the bodywork.
After some finer sanding, the filler now looked like this.
The masking tape was removed and the filler was smoothed off using wet wet&dry paper.
The filled and smoothed dent was masked off and sprayed with primer.
After the newspaper was removed the finish was good, but the problem with painting the bit under the seal still remained. The original idea was to just correct the filler underneath the rubber seal and brush paint on, but keeping the seal open enough to do any of this easily was just proving too difficult!
We soon decided the best and easiest way would be to pop the window out, do the work and then put the window back in.
After correcting the filler, and smoothing the area more primer was put on, this was then smoothed off again with wet wet&dry paper, and was now ready for some black paint.
The area was masked off ready for painting. The newspaper on the top was used to shade the area being painted, now that the sun was brightly beaming down. A couple of short bursts of VW black paint was applied followed by a couple of coats of VW clear lacquer. Time was allowed for the paint to flash off in between the coats being applied.
After the masking tape and newspaper was removed, the area looked quite well, but obviously the overspray from the lacquer will require buffing off in a few weeks time.
It wasn't very long before will had the glass back in, and in a few weeks time the new paintwork will be buffed up and should look a little less obvious, but the main thing is, doing this will have stopped the chance of the area turning to rust.
Some weeks later...
Time to buff up the paintwork using whatever spare polish we have in the garage! Turtle wax original, okay that will do.
The more it's buffed, the more of the overspray gets removed and the more it will shine as a result.
ok, the painted area will still be a little noticeable but without painting a full panel it's sometimes a little difficult to get a perfect match, but the results are good enough for this old car!