How to Repair a Truck Frame

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Some truck engines seem to last forever, unlike the frame, which tends to rust. If you're a truck lover, you may be able to keep your truck longer. All you need are a few pieces of equipment, and you can repair your truck's frame.

Things You'll Need

  • Torch
  • Sandblaster
  • Cardboard
  • Spray paint
  • Welder
  • Primer
  • Rust-proof product
  • Paint
  • Determine the amount of rust on the frame. If you notice a considerable amount of rust, check the entire frame. Use a grinder or cutting torch to remove, if possible, any welded pieces from the frame. This will make sand blasting the entire frame more convenient.

  • Remove as much rust and old paint as possible. Use a sandblaster or sand it manually to expose the metal. Check for damage, such as cracks or blistering.

  • Cut away rusted parts with a torch, grinder or hacksaw.

  • Make a template of the pieces you'll need to repair the patches of metal you removed. Most people like to use a piece of cardboard and a blade or sharp, small knife. Make sure the template fits perfectly.

  • Place your cardboard template on a piece of metal and spray paint around it. Remove the cardboard from the metal; you should now have a perfect template. Cut out your metal patch. Smooth all metal patches by sanding around the edges.

  • Rust-proof the patches as well as the entire frame. There are many rust-proof products on the market. Follow the manufacturer's instructions when performing this step.

  • Weld on the metal patches. Create a strong weld for durability. Smooth the weld by sanding and grinding it. Apply a primer to the entire frame, wait for it to dry and apply a coat of paint.

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