The final steps needed before body/paint are insight. It’s feeling really good to meet this milestone in this long, but rewarding, project.
Final clean-up and grinding before undercoating.
As you can see, we striped and removed all old coatings to ensure no rust and to provide a clean surface to apply new coatings.
Soda Blast is the way to go. To remove all paints from all surfaces, I chose to Soda Blast (baking soda). This product won't heat and warp the sheet metal, won't hurt chrome, glass or fiberglass and is environmentally safe. It even helps rust flash over until you’re ready to paint. To wash the metal before paint, I used Eastwood’s After Blast. After Blast cleans, degreases and etches just-blasted or newly-sanded metal to improve adhesion for painting, priming or powder-coating. And the big plus is a Zinc Phosphate coating is left behind which improves paint adhesion and also protects against flash corrosion, i.e., rust.
For all internals of the frame/body, I applied a product from Eastwood called Internal Frame Coat. This product converts any rust and seals to prevent any future rust. Every nook and cranny I could find received this product. It ran from every hole and seam... a good sign it was applied to all surfaces.
Prior to undercoating, all seams, welds and joints received seam sealer
For the undercoating, I decided to use truck bed liner. It's a two part epoxy coating that's very tough with a great surface that's not tacky with dry.
Another view of bottom being undercoated with truck bed liner.
Make it easy on the painter.... So I added some wheels front and rear to the body ready for delivery.
In this shot, you can see some bracing I've added to the front frame rails to the cowl/fire walls. I also added the "pipe" hole for wire routing later. I'll use to route all wire to the front of the car vs. inside the engine bay. The wire will also be routed through the support brace tubing.
The BOSS 529 is loaded in trailer for delivery to my Body and Paint shop. This picture was taken mid Jan. 2012. I expect car back from shop by end of Apr/first of May 2012. In the meantime, I'll get other structural parts to powder coating, TIG weld the exhaust and order stainless steel braided hoses, fittings and everything else I need to be ready for the final build.
The next update will include some body preperation shots.
Stay tuned and comments most welcome. I’d love some feedback, good or not so good.