A question about EDP on new body panels
I'm about $150 away from getting a steel Goodmark cowl induction hood. I know they're coated at the factory with EDP. What I'm wondering is, it'll be a while before I can get the El Camino painted. Should I sand and prime the hood, or just leave it black? I really don't care what it looks like for now, I just don't want to set up any rust on the hood before it's painted.
If I can just leave it black EDP, how long would you suggest I have before I'd better think about getting it painted? I have some other dents, dings, and a tailgate to fix, so this is going to be done piecemeal. Should I just wait on the hood and focus on getting the other stuff done, and get the hood last, or does it really matter?
Keep in mind I'm in a very dry desert environment, so we don't get a lot of rain. Snow in the winter is another thing entirely...
Any help would be greatly appreciated.