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Old 04-23-2016, 03:20 AM
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painting the cowl area

Hey gang, have any of you had problem with the painting the cowl area? You know the louvers between the hood and windshield? I'm starting to finally paint my car and I'm in the process of priming it. I'm trying to figure out how to paint that area without stripping the bottom and getting runs on the top? Any ideas or tips? Suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks..

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Thanks! But as far as I can see the Javelins one is all one piece, not able to be removed. I'll go look again, but I'm pretty sure.
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Tape off those louvers so the stripper dosent get down there.
for stripping between the louvers get a cheap HF air saw throw all the blades in the trash and put a regular every day hack saw blade in it. Then tape two paint paddles to the blade one on each side THEN stick some 80 grit paper on them and you now have an air sander that'll get in between those louvers and strip them. A roloc gasket stripper works pretty well also when on a die grinder or an angle grinder, Together they are pretty awesome.
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Tape off those louvers so the stripper dosent get down there.
for stripping between the louvers get a cheap HF air saw throw all the blades in the trash and put a regular every day hack saw blade in it. Then tape two paint paddles to the blade one on each side THEN stick some 80 grit paper on them and you now have an air sander that'll get in between those louvers and strip them. A roloc gasket stripper works pretty well also when on a die grinder or an angle grinder, Together they are pretty awesome.
That is freaking awesome!!
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Tape off those louvers so the stripper dosent get down there.
for stripping between the louvers get a cheap HF air saw throw all the blades in the trash and put a regular every day hack saw blade in it. Then tape two paint paddles to the blade one on each side THEN stick some 80 grit paper on them and you now have an air sander that'll get in between those louvers and strip them. A roloc gasket stripper works pretty well also when on a die grinder or an angle grinder, Together they are pretty awesome.
And I still do it the old fashioned way; stirring stick, 80 grit, and elbow grease.
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How would you deal with the area behind the louvers? I have a similar situation with my Vega wagon. The cowl area is fine, I can get to the back and below that, but the "gills" on the rear quarter panels, not so much. I'm a very long way from paint on that one, but inquiring minds want to know.

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When the area behind the cowl gets all nasty from years of primer and paint it looks horrible the only ways I know of are to remove the cowl by cutting or use a paintable, rubberized under coating .like a chip guard, that comes in a spray can with the long strawlike tube and just give it a good coating.
Arent the mustangs cowls welded in too. There must be some other tricks I just don't know of them
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I'm wondering if you can use bruashable paint like bedliner? Won't be the prettiest, but it should work. I asked a friend at work that's mbeen doing body work for maybe 10yrs, and he was stumped. Most of the new car don't have that new fangled fancy stuff.
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Can you access the area if the wiper motor is removed?
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yup. I can probably get my hands in there pretty good. But only hands with no tools i think.
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Mopars are impossible to reach inside the grille area. All a person can do is clean it the best they can. Usually when sand blasting, I stick the nozzle in there to clean it out. The paint usually covers enough inside.


When painting, I make an angled pass over them one way, then the other so color blows in as much as possible.
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