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Rust on Front Wheel Arch and Below (56 Reg 997)

Singy75

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Hi All,

I just noticed today when cleaning my car for the first time by hand in the past few months that there is quite a lot of rust on the front left hand wheel arch and below it. Please see attached photo.

Has anyone else had rust like this on their 997, do you think I should speak to my local porsche shop about this?

I have owned the car since 2011 and the car has a full main dealer porsche service history. I have taken the car to porsche bolton since I have owned it. They have never mentioned this to me, and it has been in the porsche garage several times over the past 2 years.

Ive looked at my service book, and the record of long-life guarantee condition report page only has one stamp, but that was in August 2012 at Bolton porsche centre.

Thanks
Mark
 

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Poss poor previous repair as original paintwork unlikely to chip/ flake like that in your pics.
 
Almost certainly caused by stone chips. Best get it sorted ASAP and when done, get the bodyshop to put some protective film on the lower half of the arch( both sides) leading edge.

If you want to be sure all round, then put the film on the rear leading edges also.
 
Thanks for your comments, how to I go about finding a decent body repair shop to fix this. Should I use the porsche approved body shops site?

Do you think it can be easily repaired without having a major respray?
 
I am sure that could easily be repaired/blown over by a decent bodyshop.
 
looks like gravel rash and quite severe which questions the quality of the paint application.

Should be easy to sort and then apply 'helicopter' tape or 3M clear teape to protect it.
 
It will creep to the side of the wing so get it nipped in the bud soon. Any decent bodyshop can blow that in and cut some protective film.
 
Thanks everyone for their comments, I have sent over photos of both arches to a porsche approved body shop near manchester, and i'm waiting for them to send me a quote. I'll post the quote on here when I get it, incase anyone else has a similar problem and wants to know a rough price to fix it.

Cheers
Mark
 
Just to let people know I have booked this in now at a body shop, they have quoted £450 to strip back both arches to the metal and respray. Then put some 3m clear film over them to stop them picking up any new stone chips as I think this is a very common place to get chips.
 
Singy75 said:
Just to let people know I have booked this in now at a body shop, they have quoted £450 to strip back both arches to the metal and respray. Then put some 3m clear film over them to stop them picking up any new stone chips as I think this is a very common place to get chips.

Obviously a good 'butty' in it for them and I presume that is plus VAT :roll: I'd have budgeted £300 tops all in. Mind you if you want the paint warranty you will pay but as many have found out its not worth a fig :nooo:
 
I got 3 quotes from different body shops for both arches and sills to be stripped back to metal and resprayed, including putting 3m ventureshield film on the arches.

The £450 including vat was from Gaskell motor bodies in little harwood, this company was recommended to me by a car detailer I know.

The other 2 quotes where roughly around £675 to £700 plus VAT, one was a porsche approved bodyshop and one was a porsche specialist. Although I was advised by someone not to use the porsche approved bodyshop I got a quote from, as they had done the arches on their porsche and not done a proper job.
 
Singy75 said:
I got 3 quotes from different body shops for both arches and sills to be stripped back to metal and resprayed, including putting 3m ventureshield film on the arches.

The £450 including vat was from Gaskell motor bodies in little harwood, this company was recommended to me by a car detailer I know.

The other 2 quotes where roughly around £675 to £700 plus VAT, one was a porsche approved bodyshop and one was a porsche specialist. Although I was advised by someone not to use the porsche approved bodyshop I got a quote from, as they had done the arches on their porsche and not done a proper job.

£700 + VAT?.......JC are they sniffing paint thinners?

Tops:
Paint and materials £120
Labour - £200

Both sides can get prepared ready for painting in about 1.5 hours. Easy to blow this in(20 min /side then bake for 1hr) apply film and job done.

Shop around, someone will do a cash in hand for £250/£300 for such a small job and do it well....don't get ripped off.
 
just spotted a finger nail sized chip on the lower part of the inner arch near the crease. What's the best way to address this before it gets rusty?
 

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