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Aluminium Tape Covering Bodywork Holes

I was doing some rust treatment recently and came across aluminium tape covering openings in the bodywork. These are the manufactured circular holes into box sections etc, not rust holes. There seemed to be a couple around the rear suspension, maybe others but didn't look any further than the ones I disturbed. The tape was covered in a thin film of underseal so I'm guessing this was done at the factory. Other holes nearby had plastic grommets fitted. Did the clowns in Naples run out of grommets and just slap some tape on to get it off the production line ? Can't believe a bit of tape would be the normal way of closing these holes in the factory. Anyone else seen this ?
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I've found similar in my rust exploration. Not sure what they were thinking but I need a roll of it now.
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Quite normal. Fill 'em with cavity wax....
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Hmmm, bit surprised that this does appear to be the factory method for closing largish holes. One of them is 30mm in diameter, pretty poor to cover something that size with a bit of weak aluminium tape given it's near the wheels where you'll have stones pinging off the tyres. Ho hum ...
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There are quite a few; inside the front lower A pillars, sides of the rear rails near the beaver panel, and chassis horns are the areas I can recall. Suspect that it's to do with a stage of production, perhaps where the foam nozzles are poked in or alignment jigs locate. The rubber plugs are more common and vary to include ones larger than the taped holes.
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Yeah this is normal.
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This is normal procedure for most manufactures seals the car from water ingress
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seems to be normal, and actually it has lasted well considering age of car. so it probably is regarded as good enough.
actually though i am using gorilla tape as it really strong and reckon it be better than the alu tape.
but rip the old ones off, cavity wax or sealer and then tape over and underseal over the top. helps keep nasty tin worm at bay
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