Rusting top 2007 Toyota matrix

Old 08-29-19, 05:14 AM
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Rusting top 2007 Toyota matrix

My 2007 Toyota matrix has lost all its paint and now the rust has made its presence. All of the paint is gone since Toyota used such poor procedures for adding clear coat. What can I do to keep the roof from rusting away? I was thinking of getting the proper color spray paint and just spraying it down. I cant really afford having it professionally done right now. This is just a temporary fix. Thoughts?
Old 08-29-19, 05:35 AM
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Toyota has not had the best paint quality, I had a Vibe, basically the same car, that had so many paint chips it was embarrassing!

The problem is that once you get rust, it's in the structure and as they say rust never sleeps.

One thing I would do is get some rust converter, Rust Mort is a great product, and use it to try and neutralize what you can get too.

If appearance is not a concert, then hit it with Krylon rusty primer and then some matching touch up paint!
Old 08-31-19, 06:53 AM
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Unless you are properly equipped, it is VERY hard to spray roof. Especially with cans.
You need to sand it down as much as you can. To as much bare metal as possible.
I used Marine Jelly as rust inhibitor. Also, pretty much turns into primer.
Then you must prime it.
Let me surprise you. It will be much easier to use roller, a fine roller, to paint roof. Problem is, automotive paints are very different from regular paints. It's cost prohibitive to buy large enough volume for roller to roll on. Also, they dry very fast. So maybe paint that is recommended for garden furniture/metal. And roll several coats.
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I've never rolled paint on a vehicle but I have brushed a couple of them. Thinning the paint so it flows together helps. I've also painted numerous vehicles with industrial enamel or even rustoleum. You can get a nice looking job with them although they are prone to fade sooner than automotive paint. It's difficult to get a nice looking job with rattle cans over a large area.

It's important to sand it well! along with getting the surface clean. You always want to prime bare metal. Poor prep now usually results in more work later.

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