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?
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.
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?
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 .
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.
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.
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.
05-22-2006 08:08 PM
what 67 said spi epoxy after 80 grit on a da. Pickles are for eating.mike