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Old 08-06-2013, 10:53 AM
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Is it advisable to sand and paint the frame without taking every little piece off the frame. Has anyone done this before. I would take the bed and cab off but would anyone have any tips. Thanks
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Old 08-06-2013, 10:59 AM
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Well what are you looking for preservation or show
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Old 08-06-2013, 11:02 AM
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Well what are you looking for preservation or show
Preservation mainly. I'm not big on mods or anything. Just like it to stay the same.
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Old 08-06-2013, 11:05 AM
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pretty much just clean the frame up as nice as you want go buy some Por15 and get to painting the frame you don't have to really strip it unless you want it to look super nice, I etch mine in acid and let them sit a day or so then wash it again and paint.
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Old 08-06-2013, 11:25 AM
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pretty much just clean the frame up as nice as you want go buy some Por15 and get to painting the frame you don't have to really strip it unless you want it to look super nice, I etch mine in acid and let them sit a day or so then wash it again and paint.
What would be the best way to clean up the frame, sandpaper or blaster. I dont have immediate access to a blaster so can you just use sanding blocks. I've never did much body work my knowledge is primarily mechanical.
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well if your just looking to clean it up your best bet would be degreaser and a pressure washer, then go over it with a wire wheel and wire brush your just cleaning it sand paper isn't gonna make a frame nice you would just go threw more paper than you could buy. after you have wired the frame and anything else on the frame you want then again degreaser and pressure washer. then it would be clean enough to paint. Remember this isn't the frame for a roadster that your gonna make completely straight painted in base clear that people are gonna see its a frame. Be sure to use flat black to, gloss black frames look like hell.
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well if your just looking to clean it up your best bet would be degreaser and a pressure washer, then go over it with a wire wheel and wire brush your just cleaning it sand paper isn't gonna make a frame nice you would just go threw more paper than you could buy. after you have wired the frame and anything else on the frame you want then again degreaser and pressure washer. then it would be clean enough to paint. Remember this isn't the frame for a roadster that your gonna make completely straight painted in base clear that people are gonna see its a frame. Be sure to use flat black to, gloss black frames look like hell.
Appreciate it guy. Thanks
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Old 08-06-2013, 12:28 PM
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No problem
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Old 08-06-2013, 12:37 PM
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I'm in the process of doing this also, I'm just using a wire wheel on a cordless drill. Time consuming but I'm to the point of going to a hand wire brush, ugh! It's been about a week long project, but I don't have a lot of time to commit to it either.. Would a regular flat black rattle can be possible to use. I've never done any body work, this will be the closest I've ever got.
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Old 08-06-2013, 01:41 PM
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I did this last year. Glad I did. Photos & info here: http://imgur.com/a/CKVUo

I consumed 2 heavy-duty wire-wheels on my angle grinder. Scale chipped off with a chisel. I used 1/2 gallon of Zep, and 1 gallon of Ospho, plus many quarts of MasterSeries MCU rust-paint, and then black topcoat paint.
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Old 08-06-2013, 01:49 PM
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I did this last year. Glad I did. Photos & info here: http://imgur.com/a/CKVUo

I consumed 2 heavy-duty wire-wheels on my angle grinder. Scale chipped off with a chisel. I used 1/2 gallon of Zep, and 1 gallon of Ospho, plus many quarts of MasterSeries MCU rust-paint, and then black topcoat paint.
Dang how much money did you have in all of that? Looking at a possible f150 restoration and that looked really clean!
Have much trouble doing under the cab and the front end without all that removed?
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Old 08-06-2013, 02:12 PM
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I'm in the process of doing this also, I'm just using a wire wheel on a cordless drill. Time consuming but I'm to the point of going to a hand wire brush, ugh! It's been about a week long project, but I don't have a lot of time to commit to it either.. Would a regular flat black rattle can be possible to use. I've never done any body work, this will be the closest I've ever got.
Rattle can will work if you prefer I just said por15 because its a professional grade and it actually neutralizes rust
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Old 08-06-2013, 02:30 PM
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Ahhh!

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Old 08-06-2013, 03:04 PM
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Dang how much money did you have in all of that? Looking at a possible f150 restoration and that looked really clean!
Have much trouble doing under the cab and the front end without all that removed?

I just added a cost breakdown, beside the final photo. Total cost: $500. That doesn't include my labor, since I'm too cheap to pay someone else to do this job.

The easy part was painting (1 day per coat). But prep-time took many weekends of grunt work with wire-wheels and wire-brushes. Cleaning under the cab was OK cuz my frame had no scaling under there, maybe cuz a bit of tar-like crap had been sprayed underneath. Parts of the front end weren't bad either, maybe cuz oil leaks? It was kinda tricky to reach way up above front axle area and above transmission with wire brushes (& later on with long-handled paint brushes). The front axle area took me quite a few days to clean. But I took my sweet time, cuz it was a pleasant hobby project.
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Old 08-06-2013, 05:52 PM
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Great job Cvar! i wish i had that time and energy!
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