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    awesome...thanks for the update

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    Thanks for the shots of the blasting. I was surprised there was not more rust under the vinyl roof. What color are you going to be using for the body? Are you going to put a new vinyl roof on the car or go with a two tone paint job? I always enjoy your threads.

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    xtremekustomz- I too always enjoy your posts!

    What kind of media did you use for the blasting?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rlmccarty2000 View Post
    Thanks for the shots of the blasting. I was surprised there was not more rust under the vinyl roof. What color are you going to be using for the body? Are you going to put a new vinyl roof on the car or go with a two tone paint job? I always enjoy your threads.
    Yeah this car was pretty solid other than the passenger quarter panel which is being replaced in a few weeks. The color is going to be the factory green that was on the car. It`s a little big brighter than the green that is on it now. It will be all solid green and no vinyl top. He is planning on putting a vinyl stripe that goes along the whole side from behind the front tire to the front of the rear tire. The chrome wheel mouldings have been deleted too.

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    xtremekustomz- I too always enjoy your posts!

    What kind of media did you use for the blasting?
    We used crushed glass and water.
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    I too love watching your work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xtremekustomz View Post
    We used crushed glass and water.
    Huh, times have changed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Accumulator View Post
    Huh, times have changed
    Yeah the glass and water don`t heat up the metal so there is less chance of warping unlike sand. Walnut is a good one too but a friend owns the business so I got him to do it. It still makes a heck of a mess.....

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    what are you doing for the power train?

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    Quote Originally Posted by xtremekustomz View Post
    Yeah the glass and water don`t heat up the metal so there is less chance of warping unlike sand. Walnut is a good one too but a friend owns the business so I got him to do it. It still makes a heck of a mess.....
    Yeah, kinda figured you weren`t using regular (blasting) sand and/but you still needed something kinda aggressive to deal with the rust (so not just... ?oh, what is it?... soda-blasting).

    And I hear you on the mess, but I figure you did the right prep to keep it from getting in everywhere and becoming an endless nightmare (and I do mean "endless"..people can`t imagine until they [screw] it up..).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Accumulator View Post
    Yeah, kinda figured you weren`t using regular (blasting) sand and/but you still needed something kinda aggressive to deal with the rust (so not just... ?oh, what is it?... soda-blasting).

    And I hear you on the mess, but I figure you did the right prep to keep it from getting in everywhere and becoming an endless nightmare (and I do mean "endless"..people can`t imagine until they [screw] it up..).
    Yeah I for sure didn`t want to do soda. The surface has to be prepped after blasting to neutralize the metal or either everything will just fall off that you put on it. They mix a rust inhibitor in with water to help prevent rusting. It still does a little flash rusting but I always go over my bare metal with 80 grit before priming to make sure everything is as smooth as it can be and the primer still bite.

    As for the prep.....the guy doing the blasting did all of that. There was still some that got inside the car (the interior was still in). A lot go into the trunk area too. I think I spent an hour cleaning it up. I will have to do the underside and engine compartment. Everything else is pretty well cleaned up. I`ve had the doors and fenders off so they are pretty clean. I will spray out the inside of the door before I take it to the booth though.

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    Huh, I`m a little surprised the interior was still in.

    I just hate trying to get sand out and I worry that any I miss will end up leading to rust.

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    Fender gap on this side is being annoying...


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    Quote Originally Posted by xtremekustomz View Post

    Back in the Day when I would do these things it was PC-7 epoxy to fix plastic, rubber bumpers, steering wheels etc. It worked very well. Times have advanced I see.

    Dave

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    Yeah, looks like things sure have changed!

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    Yeah I did some research and found a guy who has done 35-50 restorations on these bumpers. He is the owner of Souther Polyurethanes in Georgia. He said one of the biggest mistakes people make with these bumpers is using a filler to repair it. Only 2 part plastic repair or epoxy primer should touch the rubber. Any flexible 2 part fillers can go over the epoxy but should never touch the bumper itself. Also adhesion promoter is a bad idea although most people will recommend it.

 

 
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