Bodywork begins!! - Impala Tech
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Bodywork begins!!

Posted 08-25-2009 at 11:42 PM by BA.
Updated 02-10-2010 at 02:50 PM by BA.

What better way to start than to grind it down to bare metal and see what'cha got?!?!?

Some friends came over and we used a variety of DA sanders and grinder attachments over about 4 hours to get this far in these pictures.
I knew it was going to be bondo-city. It's really exactly as I suspected. Wheel lips are rusted through, a dent on each side, lots of hard grinder marks. (not us!)

I sprayed all bare metal down with a zinc-phosphate coating from Eastwood Co. (EDIT: corrected business name).
Still have the front fenders and header panel to do.

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    Posted 08-25-2009 at 11:44 PM by BA. BA. is offline
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    We made noise long into dark! Sorry Neighbors, it HAD to be done!! Boy were we noisy! lol.

    Posted 08-25-2009 at 11:53 PM by BA. BA. is offline
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    Posted 08-25-2009 at 11:55 PM by BA. BA. is offline
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    Posted 08-25-2009 at 11:58 PM by BA. BA. is offline
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    In case anyone's curious, I left the larger areas of bondo in place because they're going to get cut out and replaced.
    No sense in creating a bunch of needless dust.
    Posted 08-26-2009 at 12:01 PM by BA. BA. is offline
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    I should have mentioned that all of that blue paint you see is from me buying test samples and spraying them on the Impala. Trying to find a nice Blue for the 69 Camaro.

    I ended up going with a Dupont Warp Speed Blue.
    As for the Impala color,....for now I'm leaning towards either a maroon-ish color or black.
    Posted 08-29-2009 at 12:41 PM by BA. BA. is offline
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    I went on to Summit site and cannot find a product that goes on clear like yours that suggests zinc phosphate is in it.
    Could you elaborate on that?

    Posted 02-07-2010 at 01:29 PM by A5150 A5150 is offline
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    That's my fault Brad, I said Summit but I think it was actually Eastwood Co.
    I had bought "Fast Etch", it has the Zinc-Phosphate.
    Also sold in 20oz size.

    On the Impala I also tried "Safest Rust Remover" from Year One. It's $25/gal but it is also like water and goes a long way, and is re-useable and bio-degradable. I don't know what is in it.
    This stuff did what I needed it to on the Impala - it let the car sit in my garage for months in bare metal with no major rust starting. Of course we did hit the car with a grinder again before spraying the primer.

    I see Summit has something that may be similar to SafestRustRemover that is called Evapo-Rust. Neither say they have Zinc Phosphate though....not sure what that means in the end. Maybe times are progressing.

    There's a nice discussion on the topic here:
    Looks like PPG and Dupont have a 2 Step method for bare metal which does leave a zinc-phosphate coating. Products are listed in link above, and available at NAPA and other places.
    Posted 02-10-2010 at 02:45 PM by BA. BA. is offline
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