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Old 03-28-2005, 02:34 PM
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painting around fender welt

Looking for advice regarding painting fender welting. I am redoing a 49 Ford coupe and there is a "bead" of fender welt ( I guess this is the right term) running the length of the seam between the Quarter Panel and the main body. I'm worried about primer/paint/clear buildup along this seam. I hate to tape it off until the final coat of primer/paint but I don't know what else to do for sure. I'm concerned about getting to much product in the seams and causing it to crack from shrinkage.

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Usually, in these cases, the fenders are removed and painted separatly...........

If you want to paint them together, take them off and space them out a bit with washers, without the welting. paint them..and put the NEW welting in.
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Proper way to handle that is loosen the joint and remove the welt and throw it away. There is inevitably rust build-up in that joint in a 50 year old car. Clean metal in the joint, neutralize the rust, paint getting the paint as deep into the joint as possible, then install new welt.
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Just a follow on. The way to install the welting is to notch the welting where the bolts go and slide it down over the bolts. Then tighten the bolts to pinch the welting.
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Fender welting

I dont think that the fender welting he is talking about is removable much less the 1/4 panel. I believe that is a metal t strip that joins the 1/4 to the upper trunk side panels for (for lack of the proper wording).

The post refers to a 49 Ford coupe those 1/4's are welded on. 48's had fenders bolted on. If it would have read pick up I would agree about taking the welting out.

If you are restoring it then you need to keep the build up to a minumun and prior to painting try to fold up a piece of sand paper and try to get as much of the paper as you can under the metal welting sanded.

If you are customizing it grind off the metal welting and weld it up solid makes a much nicer looking job.

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Thanks guys.

Keith you are correct, I am talking about the permanent kind of "welt", I guess maybe welt was the wrong word to use.

I have thought about removing it completely, but have currently talked myself out of it for a few reasons. One, Ive seen a number of cars done that way, and I've noticed they had a hard time getting the body line that is created by the weld to run straight and true, The strip kind of breaks it up. The other reason is if I ever find, or someone starts making, full quarters I would like to have the option of installing them. If the seam is welded solid it would not be fun at all to strip the quarter back off the car.
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Thanks guys.

Keith you are correct, I am talking about the permanent kind of "welt", I guess maybe welt was the wrong word to use.

I have thought about removing it completely, but have currently talked myself out of it for a few reasons. One, Ive seen a number of cars done that way, and I've noticed they had a hard time getting the body line that is created by the weld to run straight and true, The strip kind of breaks it up. The other reason is if I ever find, or someone starts making, full quarters I would like to have the option of installing them. If the seam is welded solid it would not be fun at all to strip the quarter back off the car.
Use chemical stripper, ice pick, straight edge razor and/or whatever you can find to clean out all of the existing paint from the cracks, before you prime and paint. The less paint there, the less chance of cracks.
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