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Old 06-09-2013, 07:19 PM   #1
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Plastic Rocker Panel Covers - Cannot find these anywhere!!!

Hi All, I've read a few different threads on FF regarding plastic rocker panel covers, however, I cannot find ANYWHERE online where I can purchase them and we only have one junk yard in my area and they do not have any. The rust on my rocker panels is a never-ending situation because I live in an area where heavy salt is used in the winter. Can anyone please provide me with a few links to where I can purchase these covers (and end caps) online? New metal rocker panels are much more expensive, and are not really an option for me because I have no way to remove the old ones and weld the new one's on. My vehicle is a 2001 Ford Focus SE.


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Old 06-09-2013, 07:28 PM   #2
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well i don't know how long you plan to own the car but if you let the rust continue to grow you going to have worse problems,you could get the rocker covers but it's like putting a band aid on a wound that needs stitches. is there a vocational technology school near you? you could see if they could do the repair or call around to body shops. the common person doesn't have access to the materials and tools needed to redo rockers
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Old 06-09-2013, 07:41 PM   #3
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I've already patched all the rust holes, primarily and did the bondo and paint work but unfortunately, because I'm not a professional, there seems to always be little pin holes where the rust eats through the paint or bubbles. It's just an immense task having to continually re-sand and re-bondo and re-paint, and I can't afford to have a body shop do it. The panels themselves will probably hold out for at least a few more years as far as stability, but I would just like to have them look a little nicer cosmetically at least for now. As I said, the car is pretty old, an '01, so I don't want to invest major money into body work and the covers would protect the body work I've already done for at least a few years until I can afford to get another car. If anyone knows of where I can find the plastic covers online, I would greatly appreciate it. As I said in my original post, there is only one junk yard in my area and they don't have any.
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Old 06-09-2013, 08:07 PM   #4
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Have you tried coating them with POR15? I don't actually know what's in the stuff, but we've used it during the restoration of one MGB and a MG Midget, and they look good as new. I'm pretty sure you can paint over it once it dries, but I'm not entirely certain as it's been a good few years since we've done the Midget, and the MGB which we just did, was coated in an area under the body panels that won't see the light of day again.
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They're called side skirts.
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LOL, I just threw mine away last week.
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Thanks for the correction on the actual name that they're called. I'll try searching under that instead of "rocker panel covers". ;)
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JFrye...JUST my luck haha!! Any chance you get them back from wherever they went? ;)
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Miztaken1312 - Any idea where I can find that product and what an estimated cost is? The only thing I could find to use that 'somewhat' worked, was a rust primer...you spray it on and it 'eats' the rust and turns it into a black paintable primer...except the rust still comes through it eventually.
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Moved this to the "MK1 Focus" section.
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