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Im not sure if this is the right forum for this, but anyway I'm starting a restoration on a 67 camaro RS. I'm an extreme novice at this so bare with me. I've taken the fenders, grill, and bumper off and want to start fixing up the engine compartment. It's got alot of surface rust that needs to go. I'm not sure what to use for this; wire brush, sander, grinder, some sort of rust remover? Then I want to paint it. I've heard POR-15 is good but not sure. Any suggestions would be great, thanks
 

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I personally like a wire wheel brush for rust removal. It is mess, but fast. A sandblaster is probably the best, but I dont own one so the wire wheel is my second choice. I believe the POR-15 is designed to go on over rust, but you will want to remove any loose dirt or scale rust before applying. I would also give it a good soap and water washing with a good degreaser before you paint to remove any grease or oil lingering behind. Paint will not stick long if at all to a contaminated surface.

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I have used POR15 on 2 cars and it works great!! The last one, a 36 Ford 3 window, I turned the body over to do the bottom. Light surface rust. Clean the scale with a wire brush on a grinder then they have a cleaner(Marine Clean)Then acid etch,Then you put on 2 coats with a brush. It takes so long to dry that it flows out smooth.5 hrs.Then you can paint it. I used their silver and didn't paint since car is silver. POR15 dries like ceramic, you have to use a grinder to sand it. I recommend it, got it at POR15store.com
 

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Hey 'Punk...If wire brushing seems to be too time consuming and sandblasting seems to be out of the question then look into renting a power washer. A large powerwasher from the rental place that is rated at 2600 PSI or more. With these washer you can get a tip called a cutter tip. The water comes out in a spiral and can do real damage to wood and will peel the top layer off of a concrete floor. Don't ask how I know that. This will get rid of all the loose rust plus will let you clean all of the dust and grime off also. Let dry thoroughly and use POR-15.

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After reading these posts I would caution you to use extreme care should you decide to use these methods. A wire brush is probably the least destructive but won't necessarily remove all rust.

Save yourself a few bucks and have it media blasted by a pro. He'll be able to determine what media is best for the results you want. Then you can prime it with a self etching epoxy primer, followed by a semi gloss (correct for Camaro) polyurethane black, if that is the look you want. I haven't used POR 15 but I have read that it has very low tolerance to UV rays, therefore it shouldn't be used where it will be exposed to light because it fades flat farely quick. It is more suited to inside frame rails and that type of thing.

Check out the following link to see what media blasting can do. <a href="http://www.wcsx.com" target="_blank">www.wcsx.com</a> From there click on the link for JJ and Lynn and then on the Stone Soup Mustang project. There is a link to Strip It, a shop in our area. Very nice before and after pics of a dirty 'ole '67 Mustang.
 
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