Poor front panel repair - corrosion
During the process of interior corrosion removal I found the lower right corner of the interior front panel had corroded away. I tried cutting the bad area out but since this is where the front plate of the frame fastens to the trailer, I figured I would just replace it.
I noticed a while back that the curb side front corner panel and the panel next to the door had olympic rivets(pic), as well as the curb side wing window. An obvious repair. As you can see from the pics, the curb side corner panel is short compared to the original street side corner.
They used some kind of tape (looks like duct tape) to maybe hold it in place while the riveted it back together. The also added a spacer to make up for the overlap missing.
So, my question(s) are:
I really don't want to get in to replacing the curb side curved panel...not to mention the cost of a panel and compound bending a sheet of aluminum is not in my wheel house. Thoughts on putting it back the way it was repaired? Seems to have worked.
If you look closely at the front panel, there is a lite speckling of corrosion (i assume it's corrosion). Doesn't look like filliform though. I was never intending to polish out this trailer. I like the patina and there are some bad areas of filliform on the back I have to address. Can I buff/polish out this lite corrosion without taking to a full shine? Products you recommend if this is possible? OR, since I'm replacing the interior front panel, should I replace the exterior front panel as well?
Sorry about the pics orientation. I can't get them rotated.