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Old 05-27-2007, 11:39 PM   #1
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Default SSEi - Project Restoration - DAY 3 - rust removal part 2

Day 1.

Restoration isn't quite the term to use. But in a way I am. I spent the day yesterday prepping the underbody for my POR-15 application today. For those that don't know, POR-15 is what Andrew (harofreak) used on his floor to stop the rust he had.

After a lot of brake clean and some scrubbing, I actually saw a lot of bare metal. Nice, clean, shiny steel uncovered with just degreaser. Not bad I thought! My front subframe was actually in great shape (it'* much better now). The back end was worse. I scraped away any loose rust from everywhere I was going to paint, sanded, cleaned, then went to town.

I covered basically everything from the lower radiator support all the way back (subframe, all control arms, tie rod ends, rear springs, all the wheel wells...). I used a large brush so it wouldn't take me all month, so some spots weren't perfect, but I wasn't too concerned. There were only a few key places I needed to get. The rest I did to make it look nicer for when mechanic Dan works on my car again.

This is a 12 beer job. Unfortunately I didn't have any.

Can anyone guess what else I upgraded from the pics?

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Old 05-28-2007, 12:08 AM   #2
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oooo OOO I know I know!

Man am I ever glad that car is in your hands. Excellent work Pete. Whats working with that POR-15 stuff like?
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Sorry Pete, Jim just called me. after seeing the pics of how well your takeing car of that car. He wants the car back.
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Lookin' good, Pete. And brake cleaner isn't a degreaser. I USE it as a paint remover regularly.
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Bill you're right...it is a paint remover. Brake clean alone removed rubber undercoating that had been on the car for who knows how long.

POR-15 is good stuff, but I ran out of brake clean to clean my hands (I WAS wearing gloves until I ran out). You HAVE to wear gloves with this stuff. So unfortunately my hands are stained semi-permanently. Maybe I'll get a shot of them. It would have been nicer to do this job while the car was on a lift though. Lying down underneath it made it a bit tricky to keep the paint from dripping on my hands.

Oh, and Saturday I upgraded to Bendix rotors w/ ceramics. My pads had worn out after 7-8 months. I was getting some squealing already. So I felt I should do it right this time and get good rotors/pads, and replace the one original caliper, so both calipers are new.
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haha.. i would love to see a pic of your hands...that stuff will be permanent for a couple days minimum

nice work on the undercoating

did you go thru a whole quart?
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Andrew, I still have a small amount left of the quart. When I started the back, I just used it straight from the can though since I figured I'd use the rest of it. I'm not sure if I can use what'* left since you're not supposed to use it from the can. I'll find out though. There'* still more to do and I hope I don't have to spend another $40 on a quart.

I'll take a pic of my hands. I'm going to look horrible for work for a couple weeks.

At least everyone knows I'm a 'mechanic' on the weekends, so it won't be a surprise. lol
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Warning: My hands look MUCH worse in person....believe me. :( The light washed out a lot of the staining.



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should paint the exhaust also with some high temp paint. i did that to mine right after i had the cat put on and the Rez deleted. and after a winter, still nice and Black

But looks great pete, I think i might do mine also.
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IIRC, POR-15 withstands very high temps, so if I'm right I could have done the exhaust with the POR-15 to seal out moisture/prevent further rust as well.

*off to research*
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