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adamrj
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« on: December 30, 2019, 06:34:42 PM »

I've just taken the spoiler off my HPE VX (squirted WD40 on all the nuts, left for a month, worked like a charm!) and was wondering what the best way forward is with it.

The rubber is in pretty good shape and doesn't seem to have gone porous, but it doesn't entirely cover the metal reinforcement on the mounted surface, so the metal has gone quite rusty. Is the best thing to rustproof it as much as possible, then seal it with mastic or similar, or is there a better approach? I'm loath to remove the metal as I'm guessing it will never go back together in quite as good a shape as it is now.

Thanks in advance,

Adam
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« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2020, 08:50:33 PM »

Adam,
It sounds like it's shrunk a bit in it's length?
They do tend to shrink and warp with age.
Someone somewhere was making repo units but can't recall who or where I read it.
I agree. I wouldn't remove the metal parts,just de-rust as much as possible,and paint.
Mastic can look really awful, but if you're confident of a planned outcome,I can recommend
a produst called CT1. It's in a standard tube and sets to a hard-rubbery state, but it is quite shiny.

Good luck!
Nige
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2007 Mazda 6 2.3 [current daily,highly recommended]
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1980 2.0 HPE White in South Africa [hope it survives!]
1976 1.6 Coupe lancia Blu [PFG 76R] [probably deceased]
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« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2020, 09:52:23 PM »

I've done a coupé spoiler it did shrink a bit when the metal is removed you just need to use your initiative to stretch the spoiler whilst fixing another piece of metal in. It's not possible to do a perfect job but the problem is that you can't leave the rusting metal inside as it expands a bit and eventually splits the rubber Embarrassed
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