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Painting in cowl vent question.

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I am painting my car this spring and an area I have a question about is the cowl vent. My cowl vent on my mustang first of all has dirt in it that I need to remove and I also need to paint it. Is there any way to get into this area?
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hey

what do u mean get into this area
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I had done a number of those Mustangs (I assume you are talking about a sixties Mustang) and I have never found a way to really do much of anything with that area. If it were my car and I was doing a **** restoration, I would remove the cowl panel by drilling out the spot welds and detail that area. I would then decide whether to weld it back on, or make it a bolt on like 99% of cars are.

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just blow it out with your air gun. make sure you wear glasses and a mask, take as much time as you can. you will get most of the dirt out .
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This area on this type of construction is a PITA all the way around. Big design flaw IMO. I've done a few jobs with this kind of design, the last one was a 66 ChevyII. Most of these cars have been repainted a few times and the amount of rough overspray is usually pretty nasty under the vent slots. Drilling and removing the cowl top followed by cleanup and primer and paint then reinstalling is about the only option unless you have the car dipped. Or just clean it as best you can and cross your fingers. I'd like to hear some more opinions. Bob
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Be thankfull if you don't have any rust holes inside that spot welded on cowl panel. Many of them do. An older cougar I painted had a small one, A mustang thankfully none. Also fun sanding good between all the little slots on top. Dumb design, I agree. I usually spray water and blow inside there to clean the best I can, and let dry, but no way to get paint down inside there too good, or if there is sticks and other crap stuck down in there all out.
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I don't know any way to paint inside of it but I'd hose some water in it to make sure there's no holes in it. If it leaks inside down to the carpet it should be changed. Mine was worse than I thought and I'm glad I fixed it. It is time consuming but worth the effort.

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