How to Replace a Rear Body Panel

Below guide will teach you How to Replace a Rear Body Panel . Please follow the instructions carefully.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Body Panel
  • Screwdriver
  • Worklight
  • Body Hammer
  • C-Clamp
  • DA Sander
  • Dolly
  • Spray Gun
  • Trim Panel Removal Tool Set

Estimated Costs:

  • DIY Costs: Est: $260.37 parts only
  • Shop Costs: Est: $884.31 parts and labor

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If you want to save some dollars and want to replace a rear body panel yourself, here are the simple instructions for you:

  • First you need to take the bumper assembly away from the car. Detach any lights or other parts as well.
  • Next you have to take out rear panel, floor cover, spare tire, fuel tank and exhaust system.
  • Also disconnect all the electrical connections and wiring.
  • Take the rear body panel out by cutting it from the vehicle.
  • Wipe the dirt and other contaminants from the surface. Do all the required repair work, so that you can install a new rear body panel.
  • You need to do some welding work to install a new rear body panel.
  • On the edges of the panel, apply seam sealer.
  • Use a thin coat of primer on the panel and allow it to dry.
  • After this, you have to use a thin coat of basecoat paint on the panel. In the end apply clear coat of paint.
  • Replace all the parts which you have removed earlier that is: fuel tank, exhaust system, electrical wiring and connections and spare tire.
  • Similarly, you need to replace the reinforcement, absorber and bumper cover with new ones.
  • Take a short drive to check whether the repair is properly done or need some adjustments.

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