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Old 03-04-2004, 12:21 PM
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Chemical dipping

Anyone got any comments - good bad or indifferent? I have a 34 Ford coupe in good condition and a 48 Chev Sedan Delivery in less poor shape. Both of which I'm learning towards dipping so I can have a clean slate and know when I am regarding rust repair.

If you can recommend a shop in the Dayton/Springfield, OH area, that would be really kool.

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Old 03-04-2004, 12:36 PM
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A correctly dipped body is soooo nice to work with. Here in Michigan it is like starting with a brand new piece compared with all the rust and fixes usually seen in an old body. We had three dipping places in this area but they are now all gone, courtesy EPA.
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When I was building my pro-street car I had the body, fenders, hood, trunk and doors all dipped. Very glad I did too. This pic was taken the day it came home.



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Old 03-05-2004, 07:05 AM
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I have had quite a few cars dipped.Both mine and customers cars.But it is in Wachula,Florida.So much better to work with,but it took that company FOREVER to do it.It is the only way to know for sure what it is that you are working with.
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Old 03-05-2004, 10:51 AM
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Don't hold out on me...

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You live VERY near me. Where did you get your car dipped and what was the cost, if I may ask?

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American Metal Cleaning just north of Cincinnatti off of I-275 just west of I-75 about 2 miles. Cost wasn't cheap, $1200 and that was about 8 years ago.

A buddy of mine found a place in Springfield that did his '40 sedan about 4 years ago for a little over $500. I checked them out when I got started on my truck but they have since quit doing auto bodies. Too bad cause they were very reasonable.

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I had my Impala stripped by Redi-Strip in Columbus 2 years ago for a cost of $650 dollars. After stripping they bead blasted it. One thing is that when they strip it any rust will be totally gone. Mine looke like swiss cheese when I got it back. Glad I had it done. It let's you find things now instead of after the final coat of paint is on. Also it makes working on the car a lot easier when things are clean.

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Old 03-08-2004, 07:26 AM
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Ok, for all those living in or willing to travel to the Springfield, OH area for dipping, here's your man...sorta. Kevin McDermott of Metal Tek (937-323-4933) does dipping at unbelieveably low prices. Doors, hoods, fenders and such for $40 each. Roll pans and other sized parts for $15-25. Frames are $150-175. His tank isn't quite big enough to do full bodies though. I did ask him about my 34 Ford coupe and he said he could do it for about $400.

His turn around time is about 10 days and he asked that anyone wanting to bring stuff in should call a day or two ahead to confirm for scheduling sake.

Kevin was reffered to me from a friend and came highly recommended. Kevin is easy to talk to as well.

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It's good to see all the positive comments on this subject. I've heard the pros and cons through the years, but have worked ona couple customers cars that have been dipped and was pleased with the outcome. I've spoken with the guys at Redi-Strip in Evansville, IN., and their story is that the guys who have experienced problems have spraed primer and paint without thoroghly drying out the seams. A heat gun or a very low heat from a torch will dry the solution and not give any further problems, according to them. I have thought in the past that the dip was acid based and would re-activate with water, giving us fits down the road, but apparently, it is a harsh alkaline base product. No way can I strip a car close to as good as these guys so for a even a fraction of the cost. I think it's the way to go. Redi Strip of Evansville can do your body, if you can't find anyone else, Lee.
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Here is the web address for Redi-Strip in Indy - http://www.redistripindy.com/
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After they dipped the car were they able to apply a phosphate or Zinc rust inhibitor?
Please review selectmotors.net in Ball, Louisiana process that includes baking, acid, alkaline, phosphate, zinc, electrochemical plating and primer application.

Are you satisfied with the removal quality from Wauchula Florida?

Thank you for your time.
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wet blasting

I saw an episode of myclassic car-autogeek garage where they demoed wet blasting using the "MMLJ" companies equipment. Has anybody had any experience with those systems. ?
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Dear Tim,

I purchased a wet-blasting attachment for power washer that cost about $100 several years ago.
It attaches to the end of the power washer handle.
Adjacent to the end is a 1.5-2 inch dry hose that creates a venturi effect drawing aluminum oxide (very effective) or baking soda (less effective).
The baking soda did not remove all the paint/primer/rust.
The aluminum oxide has more angle points and last longer than sand that loses its corners and becomes round.
Wear goggles, long sleeves and keep everything away from the jet-spray.
It gets all over and makes a mess.

I have been looking and talking to Select Motor Company in Ball Louisiana, 800-716-9635, selectmotors.net.
They have a great process for baking, dipping in acid & base, phosphate, zinc and e-coating.

There are dipping places in Oregon, Michigan, Ohio, Texas.
Good luck.
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wet blasting

I bought one of those small wet blasters from northern tool for $ 100 a few years ago to use with my 3500 psi pressure washerand only did a 10 minute quick test and put it up on the shelf, It makes a mess, the one on the video uses air from a BIG jack hammer type compressor and water and it didn't look messy, they didn' have prices on their web site. the video looked impressive.
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What keeps the car from rusting in-between all the areas and panels that you can't get paint in to?
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