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Old 02-19-2008, 11:37 AM
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67 mustang body work

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i just started sanding down my mustang to bare metal and to my horror have found the passengers side quarter panel with pure bondo. i cant afford replacing the quarter panels. At this point i was going to epoxy primer the whole car and later in the next few months work on getting the body straight. Does this seem like a bad idea just sealing the car and going back to fix the dents later or is this a common thing people do?

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Old 02-19-2008, 12:49 PM
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If the bondo looks sound you should be okay if you can't afford to clean it all up now. When was it last painted? If it has lasted up until this point you may be okay. If it looks like it is failing, I'd take it all down and see what actually is behind it, repair and do minor filling to finish. Sealing as you work is fine, just uses a little more material.
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Old 02-19-2008, 12:51 PM
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sounds like twice the work. If you have startesd the bodywork you should just carry on and fix it right. If you need to drive the car and protect the metal I guess you don't have much choice. Really sucks to have to paint just to strip it again in a few months.
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Have you priced new Q-panel skins? That may sound like a dumb question but honestly those darn things are so cheap for Mustangs (even decent quality ones) that one will only cost a very few dollars more than a gallon of premium body filler, installing it would probably be less work than trying to straighten out an old mess.
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Heavens..Welcome to the world of working on these things..It is common to get a car in that looks pretty good on the outside and when one starts stripping it find all kinds if hidden issues..At this point I get my epoxy primer on and that seals the metal and stops the rust issues..I use SPI..Then all I need to do is scuff the epoxy when I get all the body work done and go ahead with my paint job...Sure saves a lot of work and headache that way..

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If you strip the panels, determine what needs to be done, then prime them, to protect them from rust, you will be in good shape. That way you can work on the panels as time and money permits. If the panel only has minor dents that you plan on filling, or do whatever metal work before primer, you can apply the filler right over the primer, and be better off.

Do not decide that a panel needs to be replaced simply because it has been covered with filler. A while back I did a project for someone that the right door was covered with filler as thick as 3/4" in some places. When I was done it had about 1 tablespoon of metal glaze on it. The person that worked on it previously had not taken any time to try to straighten it.

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Thanks for all the replys, one more question whats the average price for epoxy primer? Also has anyone ever used the southern polyurethane expoxy primer? i see that some of the products have been used by year one.

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SPI epoxy is top notch epoxy,best i've used
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