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Old 02-28-2013, 07:03 PM
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"inside out" resto setup

Hello gents,

New guy here looking for some advice. I've got an older Trans Am that has a pretty nice paint job on it but has some small rust problems in areas like the dash/cowl area. What I am looking to do is take care of these areas but leave the exterior paint as-is.

From what I can tell so far (in addition to installing a replacement cowl top) I will need to do some sandblasting on a small scale (cleanup around the A pillar bases and lower cowl shoulder panel where small patches will be welded into place) and small scale painting with the largest panels being the dash top/cowl and maybe the firewall while I am at it. If I get ambitious about the most difficult area would be repainting a doorjamb that needs a little surface rust cleanup. Of course there may be more rust to be found as I pull of the cowl top but we'll deal with that as it comes.

So in short I think I need to do some small-scale blasting and painting while attempting to keep the work separated from the body paint if at all possible.

This will be my first go into auto body repair at this level and I would like to do it once and right the first time if I can. So that's my situation...

Oh yeah, one more aspect of the situation; I'm on a tighter than tight budget and have a woefully underpowered compressor unit: The dreaded Sears oilless 6HP 30 Gal 8.6 SCFM @ 40PSI/6.4 SCFM @ 90 PSI (or so it claims) compressor that I well know is best suited for pool toy inflation duties. I do have a couple hundred bucks earmarked for water/oil separation components but have not purchased any of that yet.

OK now my questions:

For the small-scale stuff I am looking to do would a spot blaster be adequate for this kind of work? The largest areas that I have seen thus far needing blasting are about the size of a cigarette pack.

For the painting would a touch-up gun be adequate? I would like to do this the right way with a 2K primer and all. Can you shoot 2K primer from a touch-up gun?

And if these small-scale tools would be adequate would my puny compressor setup be capable of driving them (with the help of a water/oil trap and maybe descant snake) or is this a lost cause already?

Thanks in advance for any help you can provide!!

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