Hatch corrosion repair

There was some corrosion issues with the “good” trunk hatch also. After removing all the accessories it was clear some welding needed to be done around the window frame. It’s one of the usual spots to rust.

There was enough of rust damage around the window frame of the hatch that we decided to replace the corroded sections.
There was enough of rust damage around the window frame of the hatch that we decided to replace the corroded sections.
Making repair pieces for both corners.
Making repair pieces for both corners.

The shrinker/stetcher tool was used to make the repair pieces curve a little to fit the shape of the window frame.

Cutting away the rusty sections.
Cutting away the rusty sections.

Thankfully the rust had not spread too much on to metal visible outside the window rubber. There was really no need to worry about the hatch skin warping because of heat so welding was a relatively easy job.

Welding the repair pieces done.
Welding the repair pieces done.
And after a bit of cleanup - looking pretty good.
And after a bit of cleanup – looking pretty good.

So – one more rust issue sorted…

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