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Hi, so i have my '06 Xtrail i bought used in 2015 that is in relatively good shape inside /out and mechnically. A few things that came with this used Xtrail that irk me a bit is that are very common to the Xtrail : the left rear fender RUST. ...so far, since getting this Xtrail in 2015, the rust has never advanced. Amazing considering how much rain and humidity we can get here in Vancouver. So i have downtime and was thinking maybe i should attempt a rust repair job and spray paint application. Have any of you guys attempted this rust repair and how did it turn out? I do not want r expect it to look like a factory finish, just wish to remove the rust and try to match up as close as possible the biege nissan paint. I know i can go to an automotive parts store and ask them for the paint code and paint, but i do not have a compressor and spray gun, so im curious if you can go to a hardware store/cnd tire and get a very close spray can paint to match up. I'm hoping to improve the appearence somewhat but more importantly, stop or slow the rust down , at least till i sell my truck in the next few years. Lastly, isn't there a rust inhibitor or rust Neutralizor that sprays on clear if i took the lazy way ?
 

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I bought mine used in 2010 and tried to find someone to deal with it, I had it painted once and it looked good for a while, but in the end it spread. Yours is not nearly as bad as mine and I'd recommend if you can do it to do it because mine has spread to the door and is also on the other side of the car. I love my car, but when I took it to a person to have done, they wanted $3000 + he said it could be as much as $5000 to restore it.... the car is fantastic and if I could find one restored, I would consider it. Too much for my budget now.... great mechanically can't go wrong with it, although my air has been out for 3 years now and same cost to fix it - way up there.
 

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I bought mine used in 2010 and tried to find someone to deal with it, I had it painted once and it looked good for a while, but in the end it spread. Yours is not nearly as bad as mine and I'd recommend if you can do it to do it because mine has spread to the door and is also on the other side of the car. I love my car, but when I took it to a person to have done, they wanted $3000 + he said it could be as much as $5000 to restore it.... the car is fantastic and if I could find one restored, I would consider it. Too much for my budget now.... great mechanically can't go wrong with it, although my air has been out for 3 years now and same cost to fix it - way up there.
i'm thinking of doing it myself on a sunny Sunday and spending a maximum of $75 ( properly sand off rust, prep it, use correct or closest match primer/spray paint). That $75 might include a case of Stella Artois beers to reward a satisfactory job . I've spent plenty of money on my XTRAIL in the 5 years of ownership and will definitely not be paying an autobody shop to rust remove and paint. Heck, i got this softball size door dent on the lower right rear side ( came with the truck..) and i emailed a few Dent/Ding mobile specialists photos....they replied with $250-500 estimates. I said forget it. Truck now 16 years old, hoping to get another 2-3 years of troublefree transportation, if i get a big repair bill or an automobile accident, out goes the Xtrail and in comes a Mitsubishi Outlander/ used Toyota rav4/Highlander or something comparable and affordable. :)
 

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some might question why even bother to do a minor rust repair on a 16 year old truck...well...my Xtrail in very good condition except for a few minor blemishes i can fix at home . For me, i like to maintain everything i own and also, it's just to challenge myself and say '' I did that, and it turned out great.''. If not, live and learn.
 

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I had the rust on both rear fenders repaired in the Fall of 2018. In the fall of 2019 I had it touched up again for free as a tiny amount of surface rust had reappeared on the edges. I think $1000 was the cost.
The local body shop mainly restores antique and muscle cars. The owner is a stand-up guy and very knowledgeable. He said because of the way the two sheets of metal come together that area is prone to rust unless you can get some rustproofing oil in there somehow.
If you can get a can of Krown Rustproofing or even the Canadian Tire stuff, that will certainly slow it down. I have done a lot of DIY rust repair starting in 1976 with a '69 Beaumont, a '69 Thunderbird and right on up to '97 Outbacks. At best the repairs were temporary (pass safety check) and looked kinda ghetto for sure. It's very difficult and time consuming to do a good, let alone good looking job.
You can buy colour matched paint in spray cans from an auto supply store such as Lordco. Sunlit Sand is the colour but I don't know the code. Mine is the same colour.
The repair will look great at least until the effects of the Stella wear off! ;)
 
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When my first bubbles came out, i went to the dealer and they had it "repaired" by the body shop 3 1/2 years after i bought it new. Just before the warranty was over ,the bubbles came back and they didn't do anymore repairs because the repair before voided the manufacturer's warranty and that repair was over 1 year old meaning it was out of warranty.

I went to an independent body shop and got an estimate to repair as good as new. They would cut that side out and get a good side from a wreck. That side had to be painted and at the same time paint the latch door (it had some scratches ) all of that 2500$ .

My advice to you
Unless you can get a guaranteed rust retardant do the repair professionally.
That rust is in between the metal layers and once you start to sand or grind, you'll see a never end job.
 

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thanks for the advice guys. I definitely will not be going to a body shop. I will look for that Sunlit Sand color as X-Hale mentioned. I understand what Otomodo also says and will take it into consideration . That being said, i bought my truck for about $7000 in 2015 and every year it drops in value. So if i keep my truck for maybe another two years, no point spending bodyshop money on it for a vehicle that is now 14 years old and might be worth $2000 or in a few years. I will watch a few Youtube rust repair videos, buy some sandpaper in differents grits, the Sunlit Sand paint/primer and make the rusty area at least look better. From 50 feet away. :) Spend minimum, retouch as needed , use the vehicle as intended, sell one day and move on to greater things . Thanks to all for your advice. (y):)
 

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I had the rust on both rear fenders repaired in the Fall of 2018. In the fall of 2019 I had it touched up again for free as a tiny amount of surface rust had reappeared on the edges. I think $1000 was the cost.
The local body shop mainly restores antique and muscle cars. The owner is a stand-up guy and very knowledgeable. He said because of the way the two sheets of metal come together that area is prone to rust unless you can get some rustproofing oil in there somehow.
If you can get a can of Krown Rustproofing or even the Canadian Tire stuff, that will certainly slow it down. I have done a lot of DIY rust repair starting in 1976 with a '69 Beaumont, a '69 Thunderbird and right on up to '97 Outbacks. At best the repairs were temporary (pass safety check) and looked kinda ghetto for sure. It's very difficult and time consuming to do a good, let alone good looking job.
You can buy colour matched paint in spray cans from an auto supply store such as Lordco. Sunlit Sand is the colour but I don't know the code. Mine is the same colour.
The repair will look great at least until the effects of the Stella wear off! ;)
Hi....found the CND Tire Dupli-Color $18 . I believe it has the rust inhibitor. For what i need, one spray can i can use a few times a year if need be. I just need some fine sandpaper, masking tape. I'm guessing under $40 with taxes. I have also a Lowe's store 2 minutes from me i can check out. https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/dupli-color-perfect-match-paint-sunlit-sand-ev0-0472663p.html
 

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