Some truck engines seem to last forever but the frame tends to rust. While repairing rusted truck frames surely take time, space and some skills, it is well worth the challenge. If you love your truck then you may be able to keep your truck longer. All that is needed are some equipment. Here is how you can repair a rusted truck frame.
- Rust-proof product
- Spray paint
First, the amount of rust present on the truck’s frame needs to be determined. If a substantial amount of rust is noticed, then inspect the whole frame. If possible, a grinder or a cutting torch can be used for removing any welded pieces from the frame. This will be helpful in making the sand blasting the whole frame much suitable.
Try to remove the old paint and rust as much as you can. A sandblaster can be used for this purpose or it can be manually sanded for exposing the metal. Damages such as blistering or cracks should be checked.
Use a grinder, hacksaw or torch to cut away the rusted parts.
Make a pattern of the pieces for repairing the metal patches that were removed. Many people prefer using a cardboard piece and sharp small knife or a blade. It must be made certain that the pattern fits in a perfect way.
Now the cardboard pattern has to be placed on a metal piece and paint has to be sprayed around it. Then the cardboard has to be removed from the metal, now you will have a perfect pattern. Cut out the metal patch and sand around the edges of all the metal patches to make it smooth.
The patches as well as the whole frame must be made rust-proof. Apply rust proofing to the whole patch and frame. This is a good time to apply rust proofing because all the areas of the frame are easy to access.
A lot of rust-proof products are available in the market. The manufacturer’s instructions have to be followed when performing this step.
The metal patches have to be welded. A strong weld has to be created for durability. Keep the weld similar to the original, if not then use a standard weld. Sand and grind the weld to make it smooth. A primer has to be applied to the whole frame, give some time for it to dry and then a coat of paint can be finally applied. Now you are done.