I spent an intense week with Imogen (the morris convertible) last week. Myself and our apprentice Tom spent the week removing the remainder of paint and surface rust.
This is one of the most labour intensive and painstaking parts in the restoration process. Removing nearly 60 years of hardened paint, underseal and corrosion is no small undertaking. It firsts starts with a sander and P80 grit sand paper to remove the old paint, inside and outside of the body. Any corrosion cleaned with an abrasive wheel. After the initial cleaning process, we used our very fine detail sand blaster to clean difficult to reach areas and any stubborn corroded areas.
This leaves one very clean and completely rust free body
All the primer supplied on the new body panels has been removed, the primer supplied on replacement parts provides poor corrosion protection and has poor adhesion to the metal, meaning any paint applied on-top would peel off later. The same attention to detail was provided to the inner surfaces of the panels. When a panel or section was to be replaced all the old paint / factory supplied primer was removed and recoated with a BONDA Red oxide Primer. This is the BEST for anti-corrosion on previously rusty metal. Follow the link if you would like some for yourself; http://www.cfsnet.co.uk/acatalog/CFS_Catalogue__Rust_Primer_511.html. The quality of the red oxide means I have left on some areas to prime on top of.
After cleaning all the sand out of every conceivable orifice, the vehicle body was cleaned with a degreasing solvent and placed in our spray booth ready for a couple of thick coats of Epoxy primer. This has both fantastic adhesion and anti-corrosion properties to ensure longevity and a quality restoration.
The next stage is to fill any pits caused due to removal of corrosion and repair any damage to the body which wasn’t found whilst in bare metal. The body will then be installed on the roller in the spray-booth. This will enable us to apply epoxy primer, anti-stone chip coatings and then the final top coat. I look forward to showing you the progress.
The P & A Team