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Old 12-30-2005, 06:55 PM
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I've found my next project car!! I've been looking for one ever since I finished my V8-Sonoma daily-driver little trucky!!!

OK...Its a 1971 Nova with a very straight body, but a totally shot interior and paint, and bad drivetrain. I know it is going to take me months (years!!) to do this one and I am concerned about the shot paint as it will not be garaged most of the time. I want to stop the mild surface rust but I do not want to screw up an eventual nice paintjob (not show quality but nice cruising quality). I am assuming the best thing is to take it back down to bare metal, but then what? Is there a rust preventive primer that can sit outside for a long period of time? At the same time, it would be nice if it was compatible with paint, but I can live with having to take it down again before the real paintjob. Do any of these rattle-can primers do this sort of thing?

Thanks very much for your advice!

Dave

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Old 12-30-2005, 07:18 PM
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Leave it how it is for now. If you put some Rustmort in a spray bottle you can spritz rust for now. It will stop rust from growing for years until you can deal with it proper. Then take on one panel at a time . It's a big mistake to just rip everything off at once but some need to learn by doing. Any kind of primer on top of rust is a formula for disaster.
Primer is for priming and is not a rust treatmeant..

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I can tell you what I have done . I don't know how much rust you have but.
I would use a wire brush to remove all loose rust and just shoot a couple of coats of Zero rust on it. When your ready you will have to remove it though.
But it will hold up very well. I have a spare 48 ford PU cab that I will be selling soon. I have sprayed it with zero rust and sell it just like that.
It is a little more work but it will hold the rust off. No doubt this isnt the norm but works for me. Ricco
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I am assuming the best thing is to take it back down to bare metal, but then what? Is there a rust preventive primer that can sit outside for a long period of time? At the same time, it would be nice if it was compatible with paint, but I can live with having to take it down again before the real paintjob. Do any of these rattle-can primers do this sort of thing?

Thanks very much for your advice!

Dave
Rattle can primers are garbage and all other primers are not moisture barriers except for epoxy.
If you want to remove that rust now and go to bare metal, use epoxy primer. Epoxy primer over bare metal is the best way to go regardless.
It will hold up over time if not left in the sun. You will not have to re-do it later. You say outside but will it be under a carport? If you have to leave the car in the sun over time, do as the other poster said and do not strip it yet but do try to keep it as dry and out of the sun as much as possible. Sun and elements are just going to make it worse. Don't cover it with any kind of tarp or plastic as you will trap moisture underneath.
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another couple years setting is not going to kill it. save your money and get everything done and then blow it apart and blast and paint it.
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Thanks for the advice. I'll try that Rust-Mort stuff if I can find it.

Happy New Year Folks!!

Dave
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