Trunk Drain Channel

Discussion in 'Exterior and Interior' started by chris86uk, Aug 28, 2015.

  1. chris86uk

    chris86uk Member

    Messages:
    103
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2013
    Location:
    England
    Hi Everyone,

    Here is a pic of the water drain channel around my trunk seal. I can't figure out why it looks like it does, is there some sort of underseal on the paint? It looks very rough, more than you'd expect if it was just dirt on a painted surface. I can see where it is lifting around the hinges and it looks like water is getting trapped in there now.

    Does everyone else's look like this?

    [​IMG]
     
  2. ttocs

    ttocs Legend

    Messages:
    25,393
    Likes Received:
    2,423
    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2009
    Location:
    Evansville Indiana
    is that rust er dust?
     
  3. chris86uk

    chris86uk Member

    Messages:
    103
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2013
    Location:
    England
    The majority of it definitely isn't rust but it feels baked on, like it would need a stiff bristle brush to remove.

    Look near the hinge...see how it's raised?

    Is this area supposed to be smooth painted and glossy like the outer body?
     
  4. chris86uk

    chris86uk Member

    Messages:
    103
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2013
    Location:
    England
    If anyone has a pic of theirs I could compare with that would be great.
     
  5. CC'S95GT

    CC'S95GT Legend

    Messages:
    10,738
    Likes Received:
    172
    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2008
    Location:
    Hampton ,Ga.
    Just about all the 94-98's I've ever seen has some sort of filler in that hinge area. The amount varies and the paint doesn't stick very well either.
     
  6. ttocs

    ttocs Legend

    Messages:
    25,393
    Likes Received:
    2,423
    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2009
    Location:
    Evansville Indiana
    it is an area that can collect a lot of dust/debris as well as a non critical place that most painters do not care about. it might have been as simple as some paint that got on the dirt or it might be a really crappy patch job. Take a soft bristle brush and some soap and see what is under it.
     
  7. chris86uk

    chris86uk Member

    Messages:
    103
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2013
    Location:
    England
    Thanks, I'll give it a go and see what I find.
     
  8. Ineedav8

    Ineedav8 Active Member

    Messages:
    647
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2013
    Location:
    South Florida
    The trunk channel on my 96 looks just as bad if not worse i plan on stripping all of the seam sealer and laying down my own and spraying it to match
     
  9. chris86uk

    chris86uk Member

    Messages:
    103
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2013
    Location:
    England
    Good to know it's not just mine!
     
  10. chris91

    chris91 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    3,761
    Likes Received:
    198
    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2007
    Location:
    Cincinnati, OH
    Even my 99 is like that. Drives me nuts.
     
  11. Ineedav8

    Ineedav8 Active Member

    Messages:
    647
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2013
    Location:
    South Florida
    Anyone attempted to fix it it drives me insane looking at it
     
  12. Mustanger

    Mustanger Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,310
    Likes Received:
    115
    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2006
    Location:
    Southern Oregon
    Mine looks bad too. paint missing in patches...
     
  13. chris86uk

    chris86uk Member

    Messages:
    103
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2013
    Location:
    England
    I'm just waiting for the weather to improve and I'll have a go at sorting it.

    I'm thinking of cleaning it up and then just spraying it with a rattle can...got to look better than it does now.
     
  14. g36 monkey

    g36 monkey Moderator Staff SN95 Supporter

    Messages:
    14,057
    Likes Received:
    539
    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2008
    Location:
    Orlando, Fl
    ive seen a number of people clean and paint that area to match, it looks so much better
     
  15. ttocs

    ttocs Legend

    Messages:
    25,393
    Likes Received:
    2,423
    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2009
    Location:
    Evansville Indiana
    if your going to go as far as to spray I would take some time to drag some 220-320 grit sand paper over it to smooth it out.
     
  16. chris86uk

    chris86uk Member

    Messages:
    103
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2013
    Location:
    England
    Thanks for the tip!

    I'll post a pic when i'm done.
     
  17. g36 monkey

    g36 monkey Moderator Staff SN95 Supporter

    Messages:
    14,057
    Likes Received:
    539
    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2008
    Location:
    Orlando, Fl
    Well duh Scott! :)