The main focus on this round of work was to get the interior areas that we recently coated with the Rust Shield primed along with the door sills and B-posts. This would pretty much get all of the remaining bare metal surfaces in the interior locked down in preparation for seam sealing.As with any coating application, the first task was to vacuum all of the loose dust and clag out of the car and swab every surface thoroughly with grease and wax remover until the surfaces were clean and the solvent had flashed off. Then a few fresh tack cloths were used to scrub away the last reaming particles of debris before setting off to mix up a batch of primer/sealer.
As many of the followers of my blog have become accustomed to, I am a HUGE fan of the PPG line of products and swear by the entire system. Just follow the instructions to the letter and apply good equipment and spraying techniques and this stuff just works. Bare metal, original paint, EDP, or any combination of these is easily handled by the PPG DPLF line of primer/sealers. This was once again proven by shooting the SEM coated surfaces with two coats of DP40LF primer mixed as a sealer by adding about 15-20% DT870 reducer by volume. While there, I chose to touch up a few of the thinner spots that were created when scuffing the previously primed floor surfaces.After a few days of letting the fresh primer flash off, I was very pleased to see the Rust Shield and the DP40LF had played exceptionally nice together, showing absolutely no signs of crazing or lifting on any surface. This is a significant different between the Zero Rust product and the SEM Rust Shield in that the Zero Rust had a slight tendency to craze and lift at the edges of the thinner films.
I suspect the primary reason for the Rust Shield’s advantage is that I used the recommended hardener which definitely made a huge different in the final coating durability. Zero Rust had no such hardener either available or recommended. The one distinct DIS-advantage to the Rust Shield is it is an absolute B*TCH to spray smoothly and by the time it is thinned enough to spray it has a very annoying tendency to sag or run………at least in my limited experience. Zero Rust was a clear leader in this category, so take that for what it’s worth…….Getting back on topic, Ted and I jumped on scuffing the fresh primer after a few days to make the job immensely easier. One thing to note about PPG DPLF primers is that it gets HARD after about a week of solid cure time and it is a miserable pain to sand by hand in that state. So, if you know you will not be going straight to a finish coat right away, it’s best to scuff it when it’s still relatively “soft” and then it can be left indefinitely in the “scuffed state” until you are ready to re-prime it and begin the wet-on-wet application of finish coats.
So at the end of this part of the adventure, we now have the interior and exterior floor and trunk surfaces in primer and all of the surfaces scuffed. Next on the menu is fitting the new stainless steel fuel tank, spot priming the areas that need it and then begins the process of seam sealing the interior and exterior floor areas in preparation for exterior floor painting and the application of U-POL Raptor urethane spray bed liner material on the entire lower surfaces of the car and wheel tubs.Lot’s more exciting stuff to come in the next several weeks and the spring and summer should be interesting!
|Like color-matched luggage, young Ted fits in the trunk area like he was made to be in there! Here he is finishing up the wipe-down of the interior with wax and grease remover before the priming fun begins!|
|After a brief bit of strategic planning, we decided to tackle priming of the rear wheel tubs first along with some small spot prime areas that got a bit thin when we scuffed the exterior floor.|
|Looking toward the right rear corner, you can see how well the PPG epoxy primer covered the areas that were previously coated in SEM Rust Shield.|
|Still tacky in this shot, the driver door sill and B-pillar look quite nice in fresh primer.|
|Another shot of the left rear trunk floor primer fresh out of the gun.|
|And finally, the passenger door sill and B-pillar with a fresh coat of primer. Nice!|