^ Out of curiosity, what makes you think where the bumper meets the rear fender is the only rust prone spot?
I didn't mean to say thats the only spot the tegs are prone to rust, but in my opinion it is a very popular area in most rust cases that I've seen in tegs. That being said I did have rust starting on the wheel arch lip in the same area OP and you had rust. The reason people like us owners who see harsh winters suffer a great deal in my opinion is due to the overall Lip design on the tegs. It collects and flows down to each side, hence the from rust toward the front and the rust toward the back, And the only way to prevent that is during the slushy season keep it clean as possible. I usually used a water bottle and a rag, but that only goes so far.
Have you ever had your interior apart?
Yes I have indeed taken it apart, and I cant say I noticed any rust there, given I wasn't hunting for it, but none the less nothing stood out. My car has been repaired once for rust already though via body filler method, so it may be a problem in due time.
Originally Posted by 96Hondaintegra
My scenario is similar to yours because I don't have the space. It's my first car and i do plan on keeping it forever making it apart of my collection that im planning to build but im all for DIYs but I don't have the tools or someone to refer to as far as bodywork goes.
In my opinion, this seems like a very slippery slope for you, I would much rather have a clean base to work with, it seems like a lot of work to end up at the start of the race so to speak. I could see this costing you upwards of $5K. If you can find a cleaner car/base to work from I
would do it. But this is also coming from someone who has spent a decent amount of money on a car I've only had for 2 years and barely put 10,000KMs on it. - IF you are going to decide to bite the bullet and tackle the rust, make sure the car is mechanically sound and worth it. How healthy is the motor, tranny, etc.. Just gotta make sure its worth it. I've had a valve explode requiring a head rebuild and a clutch go on me then I fixed the rust, and looking back I probably wouldn't spend that kinda money again.