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Old 04-09-2018, 07:06 AM
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Blasting a 1965 Impala - need advice

I'm getting ready to start rebuilding a 1965 Impala. It needs to be blasted, it has some rust and the floor pan, trunk pan, quarter skin, outer wheel wells, etc. needs replaced. My question is should I cut out these pieces and us my home blaster or should I take the car someplace and have it all blasted and then bring it home to start rust repair? I have also considered renting an industrial blaster and doing it myself, but I'm no blasting expert. If I did it myself I would DA all the flat spots and only use the blaster areas that were hard to reach, and then blast the frame and other pieces that aren't subject to warp-age.

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Best to divide the project into digestible bits. Your DYI plan is a good one. Set up to put two wet coats of epoxy on the parts as soon as they are blasted or sanded.. Prevent rust and these are long term projects. One of the fellows here did a 38 olds coupe and it worked out well doing it that way. I know he did send out to have some of the small parts blasted..

I have tried most all of it and now do what is known to work..
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If its your first car the amount of disassembly may be too much for you to blast it. You need to realize that sand or media gets EVERYWHERE. speedo, tac heat and defrost vents window regulators, etc.....will have to come out or sand will ruin them and they'll still have to come out AND be replaced. what you'll end up with is an empty metal shell, then its ready for blasting regardless if its a DIY or pro doing the blasting. floor pans that are getting replaced do not need blasting first. and there are much easier ways and better ways to get old paint off than blasting too. So do yourself a favor and forget about blasting unless you have a lot of experience at it and have all the equipment and a place to make the biggest mess you've ever seen. you cant just do it in your back yard.
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