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Brushed on.  There is a POR-15 Top Coat that will be applied before things start to go back together.

This is a 'one-time Gig'.  Not doing it again 🙂

 

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HAhahahahha…. That's one of Gill's many projects.

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Seized split spacers - not a job that I had been looking forward to, but in the right frame of mind to tackle it today.

First side took two cuts, second only one.

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Both were blasted this time.  The trailing arms are being galvanised and the hub carriers will probably be left as is.

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It takes a lot to bring me to my knees..... but I'm BROKEN !!!

Preparing to apply the POR-15 Top Coat and while inspecting I was unhappy with some areas of the surface finish.  I challenged the coating and it just peeled off !

I challenged a little more and honestly the adhesion was super-crap.  I followed the guidelines and did a pretty damn good job of preparing the chassis, so I don't know where it all went wrong.  The whole lot is coming off again...  I'm not impressed and now re-consider the whole paint coating route.

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I did indeed use the Metal Ready prep.  The chassis got left a full week before the coating.

I kind help feeling that I did something wrong.... but I cannot see what it was.

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POR-15 works best on rough, plain steel and can suffer lack of adhesion on other metals and galvanised steel. I assume you did not immerse the whole chassis for a week in the Metal Ready and the week was the time left after treatment. The problem is probably due to one of the following:

1) The suggested 30 minutes probably wasn't long enough to get a zinc phosphate coating.

2) An excess of zinc phosphate was built up.

Application of Metal Ready can be laborious when trying to get complete rust removal and / or a zinc phosphate coating and I have never found it particularly good at removing mill scale.

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Off for plating

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Time for the radiator pack, now that the rubber mounting bobbins and washers have arrived.

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No A/C, so just these two up front.

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On 16/05/2020 at 17:35, mike_sekinger said:

It takes a lot to bring me to my knees..... but I'm BROKEN !!!

Preparing to apply the POR-15 Top Coat and while inspecting I was unhappy with some areas of the surface finish.  I challenged the coating and it just peeled off !

I challenged a little more and honestly the adhesion was super-crap.  I followed the guidelines and did a pretty damn good job of preparing the chassis, so I don't know where it all went wrong.  The whole lot is coming off again...  I'm not impressed and now re-consider the whole paint coating route.

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I've used products from a company called Buzzweld. I'm really impressed with the finish.

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My son sent me some footage of my breakdown.... amusing to watch, but at the time I was super-pi##ed.

Apologies for the foul language but you can see that there is simply no adhesion.

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