Thanks for the replies.
Yes all surfaces were thoroughly cleaned after stripping and prior to DAing. It was sure a time consuming process but it beat the other alternatives; lots of DA/hand sanding or sandblasting (its jap steel so there is a lot of chances of warping).
Thanks for the steps. I guess I have a lot of work ahead of me with the DA! lol, that is ok though.
But one of you suggested just using the SPI epoxy/2K while the other suggested a different brand combined with a flex additive. Which route should I follow? Is there a flex additive for my SPI epoxy and 2K, or don't I need it?