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Old 07-20-2016, 08:36 PM
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I have a 2000 Ford ranger XLT Stepside and the inside of the bed is rusting. There is a 1.5-2in wide 1ft long hole, along near the edge. You can see the hole on the outside but it doesn't look bad until you look IN the bed. And another hole in the cornor of the same side. The rust is enabling me to push the left front corner of the bed up and down. Any ideas what the best way to fix it would be? And there's a Ford brand rubber mat in the bed, would it help prevent rust if I took it out? I have a tonneau cover for it and it's currently on
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Old 07-20-2016, 09:25 PM
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Yes, take out the mat. That is only helping the bed to rust faster. As for fixing the rust, there is a few ways you can do it. 1, cut all the rust out and weld in new pices. 2, replace the inner bed. 3, replace the entire bed. What ever you choose, throw that bed mat away, or use it in the garage to park over.
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Old 07-20-2016, 10:11 PM
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Thanks for your input I appreciate it! I think I'll try and do a cheap repair for now just to get it to last a bit longer, I'd love to eventually get a new bed. But they're a bit out of my price range right now. Is there anything I can use on the bed so that I can keep the mat in there without it leading to rust? Like could I put some spray in bed liner in the bottom half so it's not resting on the metal?
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Old 07-20-2016, 10:13 PM
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Default Re: bed rust repair?

I'd say the best route would be to just cut out the really rusty spots and weld in new pieces.

Then just finish it off with bedlining the entire box, I did the same thing to my old old Ranger and it made the box look brand new

Edit: You beat me to it lol. You got it already, a bedliner product would be the best thing to use.
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Old 07-21-2016, 04:29 AM
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I have a 2000 Ford ranger XLT Stepside and the inside of the bed is rusting. There is a 1.5-2in wide 1ft long hole, along near the edge. You can see the hole on the outside but it doesn't look bad until you look IN the bed. And another hole in the cornor of the same side. The rust is enabling me to push the left front corner of the bed up and down. Any ideas what the best way to fix it would be? And there's a Ford brand rubber mat in the bed, would it help prevent rust if I took it out? I have a tonneau cover for it and it's currently on
Like the other guys have said, you can either replace the bed or cut the rust out and weld in new sheet metal. With either route, I would suggest a bedliner on the inside and POR-15 and/or paint on the underside.


If you decide to cut out the rust and replace, brace yourself. I've found that with rust it's always worse once you get into it.
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Old 07-21-2016, 09:53 AM
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Yes, you could put the mat back in. If you do go that route, put down plenty of bed liner. And keep in mind that it will eventually wear through that and the rust will start again.
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Old 07-24-2016, 12:03 AM
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Ended up not repairing it, not sure how. I can't grind the current rust off, it just started ripping chunks out of the bed. The mats back in because it's the only way right now to make sure I don't drop things while driving. But my tonneau isn't on because it's a PITA to put back on so I want to wait to fix the rust.

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Old 07-24-2016, 10:57 AM
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Ended up not repairing it, not sure how. I can't grind the current rust off, it just started ripping chunks out of the bed. The mats back in because it's the only way right now to make sure I don't drop things while driving. But my tonneau isn't on because it's a PITA to put back on so I want to wait to fix the rust.
You have to cut it out completely and weld in a new piece. Like say the rust hole is 2"x6", you cut a 4"x8" hole, cut a new piece of sheet metal and weld it in the hole. You can try to cut the patch to the exact size and butt weld it in, but it's far easier to just oversize the patch and overlap the edges.
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Old 07-24-2016, 03:14 PM
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You have to cut it out completely and weld in a new piece. Like say the rust hole is 2"x6", you cut a 4"x8" hole, cut a new piece of sheet metal and weld it in the hole. You can try to cut the patch to the exact size and butt weld it in, but it's far easier to just oversize the patch and overlap the edges.
Agreed. That is a cut and weld project for sure. Either way you go with the patch, it's time for the bed to come off and coatthe underside with POR-15. Just make sure all the surface rust is gone. If it's not it will come back faster than you think.
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Old 04-11-2017, 01:22 PM
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Hello, thread necromancer here,
I am curious how the OP is doing on his rust issue.
I am wondering if enough time has passed that he has addressed the issues he mentioned.
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Old 04-23-2017, 12:35 PM
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I have a bed that's rusted out on the quarter panel right behind the driver side wheel.
So I was hoping to find some information about how I should repair mine.
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