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birdguy 05-21-2006 08:44 AM

How to treat light body rust prior to epoxy
This past winter I DA'd the body panels on my Bird down to bare metal using 80-grit disks. Not knowing any better at the time, I then coated all the exposed metal with a product called "Right Stuff", a phosphoric-based rust converter/inhibitor available at the local Advanced Auto store. While it has done very well at preventing any visible recurrence of rust-back on the majority of the body panels, there are areas that have begun to show signs of rust-back lately.

Now that warm weather is here I plan to get all the panels cleaned up and ready for a couple of coats of epoxy primer so it will all be sealed tight until I can proceed further. The question is: what would you guys suggest I treat the bare metal with prior to the epoxy? Would using something along the lines of Pickle-X or Prep-Step be best approach?

67goat 05-21-2006 08:53 AM

i would sand it down again with 80 grit and epoxy it, thats is what i have done in the past, mike.

birdguy 05-21-2006 10:14 AM

After sanding it back down, would you consider the use of Pickle-X or other product as being unnecessary or even counterproductive?

Ranchero_65 05-21-2006 11:02 AM

birdguy, I agree with 67, Just sand it back down and epoxy it . No need to do anything else if you spray it as soon as you resand it .

Take Care

BarryK 05-21-2006 02:31 PM

Like everyone said sand it off but use an 80 DA and nothing finer.

When you have it all off Wash the area with a "waterborne wax and grease remover" instead of a solvent-borne, wipe dry and let set 15-30 minutes and with a blower and tack rag tack the metal and spray your epoxy.

You need no pickles at all.

birdguy 05-21-2006 03:21 PM

Thanks, guys for the info. I am one of those "do it once and do it right" types, and wanted to make sure of what is the best approach. Since I am a rank novice at this and this my first restoration, I am having to learn on-the-fly. Sure is great to have found a place where I can get good advice from folks who know their stuff and don't mind sharing.

67goat 05-22-2006 11:44 AM

if your looking for some good epoxy primer get with barry k he is the owner of spi products and i will say there epoxy is by far the best ive used, hust my thoughts, mike.

62galaxiguy 05-22-2006 08:08 PM

what 67 said spi epoxy after 80 grit on a da. Pickles are for eating.mike

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