Thursday, September 16, 2010

Under the wings

The areas underneath the wings are subjected to flying mud and stones when the car is on the move, and so tougher coverings are usually favoured. Underseal can be applied by spray or brush, along with 'stone chip' and other tough paints which absorb some of the knocks and help keep rust at bay.
Still with the wings, the author favours primering these off the car and applying stone chip or similar protection to the inside before bolting them up, using small spacers to hold the wings just off the body. The primer is then flatted and the topcoats applied.
When the spraying has ended, careful examination of the car will usually reveal many small areas which have been missed, or perhaps small blemishes in areas which were not sprayed. These can be dealt with by brushing on paint. On the author's car, the bottoms of the A and B posts, the visible section of heater channel within the door step and various blemished areas on the doors were all hand-painted in this way.
Steel wheels may be stripped (usually they will have plenty of rusting which needs to be laboriously removed) and painted, using a variety of paints. Because the author was building a car to be used rather than for show, he chose to remove loose rust and apply Smoothrite paint — white first as an 'undercoat' followed six weeks later (after this had fully cured) with silver. For show and custom cars, the wheels are best shot-blasted and sprayed with specialist paints, although the after-market offers a wide range of custom wheels which many will find preferable.

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