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1976 280Z Restoration Project

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    2 hours ago, wheee! said:

    Overall I am impressed with the chemical stripper. At $40 a gallon, it is not cheap, but comparable to the cost of EZ Strip plastic wheels at about $12 each. The finish is left like factory fresh metal when done compared to a granular sanded surface. The amount of effort is minimal with the stripper and no piles of dust and debris (HUGE plus for me).

    In the end, I will continue to use the stripper method and then go over the bare metal with an EZ Strip wheel to remove some stubborn primer/bondo that is stuck to the metal. This will reduce the dust and mess considerably versus not using the stripper first. I still have the remainder of the hatch, doors and one fender to strip.

    Make sure that you get all of the stripper out of seams on the car before you paint.  There are a lot of those spot welded overlapping joints where the stripper can hide.  This will screw up the finish later.  I had a bad spot that I luckily discovered during priming.  I couldn't figure out why the primer kept bubbling up after a day or two.... 

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    Apparently, this stuff says it evaporates into an inert coating that will not have residual effects. I am not going to be painting these parts for a while, but I will still clean them up as best as possible. I have wiped off most of the excess already, but the seams will get a lot of attention prior to primer and paint!

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    Paint thinner is used to clean up Aircraft stripper. when it comes into contact with the thinner it becomes very rubbery and is essentially neutralized. I don't think I would try to strip just one layer of paint with aircraft stripper, because even if a layer doesn't come off it seems to be softer from the applied stripper.

    Mark,

    I love the look of factory metal after the paint is removed. Just think, that is how the panels looked in the factory 42 years ago! (Give or take)

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    I worked on the inside of the rear hatch last night. It was a painted mess with old and new paint plus undercoating. The stripper cleaned it all up pretty good and revealed a lot of surface rust on the lower part of the hatch. But the bare factory metal.... gorgeous.

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    Took the EZ strip wheels to the hatch and finished it up tonight. Some light sanding to do, a little oil can removal, and then primer.
    Started cleaning up the old passenger fender. Spent the night removing the undercoating from the inside of the panel. Hopefully this is the very last of the undercoating!!!

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    Undercoating.  Love it....

    Love it even more when you remove it, and find......   NOTHING!

     

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    There was nothing over 3/8 thick, most was 1/8 or so. The usual buildup in certain spots. It was applied properly with great prep apparently. It was hiding absolutely NO rust and was stuck on like you always wish it should be. Nothing just fell off, it all warm and scrape, repeat.

    It's a beautiful fall day here today, highs of 14C, so I'll have the big door open to get the draft going so I don't gas myself or go boom when I do the massive laquer thinner wash that comes next to get it down to pure virgin stock paint.  Yes Dad, I'll wear organic vapor breathing protection.... 

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    So the old original passenger fender yielded no surprises. Good condition under the paint and bondo and should be an easy prep and prime later on!
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    On 3/28/2017 at 12:28 AM, wheee! said:

    Got the cabin bottom and firewall coated in silver POR tonight! Progress!
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    Hi again, just making my way through the thread, still........thank you BTW for all the documentation.

    If I missed it forgive me, but what did you do with the body to prep for priming? I didnt see if any what you did after the media blasting to seal the metal from flash rusting.

    True inspiration, and its kind of scaring me, just a little.

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    Nothing more than oil and grease remover before spraying the 2K primer. I left the car with some dessicant bags to keep moisture away.

     

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    2 minutes ago, wheee! said:

    Nothing more than oil and grease remover before spraying the 2K primer. I left the car with some dessicant bags to keep moisture away.

     

    The car sat for a long time in bare metal right? No flash rust?

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    The car sat for a long time in bare metal right? No flash rust?

    None. I have a heated garage/shop and I keep bags of dessicant in the shell.

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    1 hour ago, DC871F said:

    The car sat for a long time in bare metal right? No flash rust?

    The humidity in this part of the world tends to be pretty low. We generally don't have to rush to seal the metal after exposing it.

    The hand lotion companies do great business here.

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    8 minutes ago, wheee! said:


    None. I have a heated garage/shop and I keep bags of dessicant in the shell.

    Thats great, if I tried that in North Florida, the Z would be toast. I was getting concerned after a bunch pages and I never saw primer being applied after the media.

    I'm not jumping ahead on the thread, I dont want to spoil the good show.

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    LOL, enjoy the read. I am happy to leave behind a trail of experiences for people to follow, just be sure to read ahead and get the full story. Some of my experiments failed and some were modified later on. All of my progress has come from the input of others on this forum.

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    On 3/19/2018 at 9:55 PM, wheee! said:

    Box done!
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    Not trying to hijack the thread with old stuff, but all the pics of you powder coating puts a huge smile on my face. 

    I'm sold, I'll be getting one of these!

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    Powder coating something is a very satisfying feeling. Watching it turn into a nice glossy finish is a beautiful thing.

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    Heading into my Christmas leave block with the military, so time to get serious! I will be working on the remaining original panels and doors, getting them down to bare steel and ready for repairs. After that I have some work to do on the front clip, prepping the old bumper shock mounts (where the rotisserie was mounted) for primer and installing the gas shock mod for the hood! Looking forward to having the front end done and all the panels ready for primer for the new year. Then let the blocking and bodywork begin!

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    Well this is a nice surprise! A nearly new TWM throttle body! Thanks @conedodger!
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    This will add a few hp to the stroker along with the fuel injection upgrades!

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