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Old 11-08-2005, 08:41 AM
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Oiling Bare Metal

This has probably been covered on here before. I did a search and came up empty handed. I'm going to paint my car next spring. That is a long time away. With all the spare time I have this winter could I d/a my car and then put a thin coat of oil on it to prevent rusting? I have saw bare patch panels with oil on them. If I can do this what oil would be better? Would a wax and grease remover take it all off before painting? Any other recommendations would be welcome.

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No way would I put oil on a bare metal car that at some point will be painted. You can never be sure that you have removed it all before you start applying expensive painting materials. If you want the bare metal protected for some time apply an epoxy primer, or just wait until you can really get at the body properly.

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If I have to leave a panel bare for any length of time I wipe it down with Metal Ready...
http://www.por15.com/product.asp?productid=177
This stuff will leave a protective zinc phosphate coating and, if the panel isn't sitting outside, it will keep surface rust from forming for quite a while. It also removes surface rust very well with a light scrubbing with a ScotchBrite pad.
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I guess it would be better to just wait. Man it is going to be a long winter.

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It can be done. You can oil down bare metal for storage if the piece can be cleaned properly when you're ready to work on it. I've used sheetmetal in the past that was coated with cosmoline and similar products for storage and had no problems. As an example-some bare galvanized GM bumpers came shipped with an oily coating. Clean it very well though! Some of the spray on engine degreasers followed by a water wash can work well for a preliminary wash, followed by wax and grease remover.

I agree with 302 though, you're much better off just putting the parts in epoxy and avoid the pain of removing any oil type coatings.
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Gibbs Brand is a very nice product for keeping metals oiled. Talk to Dave...

http://www.roadsters.com/gibbs/

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Gibbs-It sure is pricey though unless you're buying 6 or 12. Definately looks like a nice product.
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Another vote for an epoxy sealer. You can apply body filler over the epoxy when you are ready to pick up where you left off. You can shoot epoxy out side in your driveway as long as you aren't somewhere that the neighbors might see it when you do.
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With so many good products out there for protecting metal, I wouldn't oil anything that needs to be painted later. I use Picklex 20 for all my unpainted metal, even if I'm going to paint the piece the next day or next year. I then shoot epoxy primer on metal treated with this stuff. I've stored steel unpainted and treated with Picklex for over 2 years with no flash rust. Picklex 20

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I like the Gibbs, The cans have a great nozzle, you can put out the smallest drop, or a heavy spray. One can would do a whole car. plus it works on so many other things. I do buy it by the case.... great stuff....

http://www.roadsters.com/gibbs/
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roll on primer

Hi,
I am doing about what you are. One panel at a time. I posted what I was doing on this site and someone recommended a roll on primer. I found one. PPG 1060. Some paint shops are using the stuff if the booth is full and they need to start one. It requires a special roller and you must prep the surface with a degreaser. I think is was PPG330. The only thing I have not found out if you can put filler over it or need to take it down to bare metal first. I found this stuff at Finish Master. They might be nation wide chain. I have not got my primer yet so I don't know how it works.
Walt
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