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Chevrolet Cruze Repair Manual: Rail Dust Damage Repair

Warning: Refer to Eye Protection Warning in the Preface section.

Note: If rail dust has penetrated into the basecoat, the panel requires refinishing. Ensure all the rail dust has been removed prior to refinishing or the rust spots will return.

Rail dust damage comes from the tiny iron particles produced from the friction between the train wheels and the track. It can also be deposited on vehicles if stored near any operation producing iron dust (i.e., steel ore yards). This dust can either lay on top of, or embed into the paint surface. It is usually diagnosed as bumps in the paint surface or rust colored spots in the paint.

  1. Move the vehicle to a cool shaded area and ensure the vehicle surfaces are cool   during the removal process.
  2. Thoroughly wash the repair area with a GM approved Liquid Wash and Wax kit
  3. Wipe the area dry.
  4. Clean the affected area with silicone, wax and grease remover.
  5. Perform the removal process according to the manufacturer's directions of the type of repair material used (Gel Type Oxalic Acid or Clay Type Non-Acid Based). If, upon inspection, some particles are still present, the process may be repeated. If the damage has been repaired, complete the repair to the entire panel
  6. Polish the entire panel after the removal process. If small pits remain in the clearcoat after all of the damage has been repaired, refer to Clearcoat Repair without Repainting.
Paint Gauges
Paint thickness gauge. measure the total thickness of the vehicle finish. It is important to accurately measure the thickness of the finish on each vehicle as the thickness of the finish will vary ...

Plastic Panel Information and Repair
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Other materials:

Front Side Door Replacement
Preliminary Procedure Remove the front side door trim panel. Refer to Front Side Door Trim Replacement. Front Side Door Check Link Bolt Caution: Refer to Fastener Caution in the Preface section. Procedure Remove the water deflector. Disconnect the door electrical connector. Su ...

Rear Compartment Lid Emblem/Nameplate Replacement (Bowtie)
Rear Compartment Lid Emblem Assembly Caution: Refer to Exterior Trim Emblem Removal Caution in the Preface section. Procedure The part and surface should be 21C (70F) prior to installation. The vehicle should remain 21C (70F) for one hour after assembly to allow adhesive to deve ...

Front Fender Replacement
Preliminary Procedure Remove the front bumper fascia. Refer to Front  Bumper Fascia Replacement Remove front bumper fascia guide. Refer to Front Bumper Fascia Replacement Remove the wheelhouse liner. Refer to Front Wheelhouse Liner Replacement Remove the headlamp. Refer to H ...

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