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21 Aug 2017 22:03 #3852 by oestek
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z282nv wrote: I have not watched the videos yet but I will and I am sure I will learn a thing or two. Kevin, are you going to dyno the engine before you put it back in?


This one is not going to get a dyno test, but we will be doing lots of tuning on it for drivability.

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21 Aug 2017 22:19 #3853 by oestek
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OK, it was time to see what else was hiding under the silver paint. We took some time to strip all the door and fender edges and other seams to see how the panels aligned as-is.



Something a little funky on the body line there…







Hidden fender patch









Yeah, there’s some work to do on this one.

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17 Sep 2017 19:11 #3861 by oestek
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The next chapter is one we’re not happy about, but it happens. We didn’t intend to completely strip this car from the beginning, but as we began our bodywork process, we experienced some adhesion issues of the existing finish and also with the epoxy we applied in certain spots. Adhesion issues are 100% not acceptable, as you’re only asking for problems down the line. The decision was made to completely strip the car and start from bare steel to eliminate any future issues. Bare steel cars have no secrets!









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17 Sep 2017 19:12 #3862 by oestek
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Next came a 2-stage epoxy primer process. The first is a thorough cleaning and prepping, the spraying the car with a green Axalta epoxy. This provides a “balloon” or skin-like covering over the entire care to prevent corrosion.





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17 Sep 2017 19:12 #3863 by oestek
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After the required flash time, the car was coated again, this time with the same product but in black. This does several things. First, it ensures complete coverage of the epoxy with a visual indicator of steel to green to black. Next, it allows the body technicians to have warning layer if they sand through the black primer… they will know not to cut through the green, and hopefully reduce the amount of “spot priming” areas needed after bodywork is done.





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25 Sep 2017 11:43 #3884 by oestek
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Back in the body shop, the top layer of epoxy is cleaned and scuffed in preparation of body filler application. We load our FBS sprayers with DuPont Final Klean 3909 cleaner, A 0.5 VOC multi-purpose cleaner that leaves no surface residue and dries quickly making it ideal as a final cleaner. It works well on sanding sludge, grease smears, dirt, insect remnants, bird droppings, tree sap, silicone, salt/road film, tape adhesives, fingerprints and compound sludge.



This cleaning / preparation stage is often overlooked, but it is very important to not spread filler over dirty, dusty, or greasy surfaces for proper adhesion.



Then the Evercoat filler fest begins! You’ve seen how the car fits in bare steel, so this stage is going to refine the surface and make for an arrow-straight body.

The Evercoat Rage Ultra filler is mixed and spread over the entire car, but 90% will be sanded off.



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