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    Default To strip or not to strip

    Hi gurus,

    Awesome forum so much relevant info however I dont think I've ever really found the answer Im looking for...? Happy to be pointed in the right direction.

    Alright hear goes....I have just acquired my first ever project, a stock standard, rusty HZ with a 202. The body is very solid, however theres a heap of surface rust where a resident possum has taken a liking to relieving itself, particularly on the roof, boot lid, top half of the rear quarter panels, top of doors basically anything above midpoint of the doors. I'm clear in the fact that these areas will need to be stripped to bare metal and rust proofed, filled, primed etc. However other areas of the car seem to be fine (ie bonnet, spare boot lid bottom half of doors) hence my question is if I'm going to bare metal on 1 panel should all panels be taken to bare or can they be prepped for painting by another method (and if so what's the best way). I don't want to waste my time stripping it if it doesn't need to (pictures attached). I know this may seem like a real novice question but would really like some input from others that have done this before.

    Cheers Steve

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    Bit of a contradiction... "rusty HZ... The body is very solid..." ? If the bottom half is rust free then you are onto a winner cause that's where they rust the worst. If the paint is original just fix what it obviously needs. If it's been repainted at some stage and you want it done to really last then bare metal the lot. Then you will see the whole history.

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    After finishing stripping my HJ project back to bare metal, if you are wanting it to last I would be inclined to strip everything. There were quite a few places on mine where surface rust was starting to form underneath the original factory paint and there was no obvious signs on the outside. If this had been left it would eventually come through the new paint.

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    Hi
    Strip areas 1 at a time . It really depends on how u handle big projects and if u want to keep the car semi onroad .
    Its only a six so u could remove the complete front and do that as a project . Leave the running gear alone wash gaskets and repaint etc only .


    Stripping each panel will give u a far better result. Any defects in paint will reduce new pants life span

    Prefer a high quality sander and paint stripper. DONOT let stripper under panel joins [it will can bleed out and damage new paint . ] Use plastic sheet and tape off joins

    Walnut shell/ bead blast underbody inside body eng bay and boot etc etc "" Donot fill cavities with debris "" tape off

    A repainted old car will b worth more when car has been stripped to metal and photos to prove it

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    Get the whole car sandblasted then hit it with a coat of Epoxy Primer

    Then youíll know exactly what needs to be repaired


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    HI
    I`m sure there are good sandblasters but you should never let a blaster near exterior panels or cavitys and these days there are far superior blast media it makes sand blasting old school .

    Hand sanding
    hand chemical stripper
    dipping whole body --there are different dip liquids as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by swampy View Post
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    dipping whole body --there are different dip liquids as well
    Hi Swampy, who dips car bodies in QLD, as far as I know there's none left, I can get panels dipped, but not whole bodies.

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    They can all have their issues. Blasting can warp panels, incl soda/media. I couldn't get anyone to guarantee it wouldn't. Dipping gets acid into all the double skins and seams and doesn't wash out. Keeps eating away. I went for paint stripper, scraper and elbow grease.

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    HI
    There was a place in Adelaide called minus paint .
    As people have said to acid bath/dipping body is not the most modern method . Apparently there is non corrosive way of dipping bodies now . Leaves little clean up work ,does a good job and non corrosive .

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