Back when classic cars were new, there wasn’t much thought given to them in terms of one day restoring that good old American steel. These cars were solid as a tank even back then; if they were involved in an accident, you would simply be able to go to the dealer and buy some replacement parts for it. Of course, those days came to a stop once the parts ran out. Thankfully, companies like Classic Industries popped up to fill that void. While that has helped considerably, some of these cars are still difficult to work with because of lack of parts. When all else fails, junkyard restoration is necessary to accomplish your “resto,” or in our case, the preparation for customizing.
This month’s tech was intended for vehicles that are more challenging that force builders to work with what they have. We visited with Eastwood and they showed us some of their latest technology. When it comes to providing restoration services, Eastwood Company has been developing and selling unique Auto Body Repair Tools, Automotive Accessories, Auto Body Supplies, Automotive Paints, Paint Guns, and much more to the Automotive Restoration Market since 1978. Eastwood Auto Body Shop offers quality auto restoration products for powder coating, metal shaping, detailing, customization and full frame-off restorations! Now follow along, as we use Eastwood’s latest chemical solutions in a tech that is all about time.
1. When we opened the trunk, we knew that it looked bad, but after it was cleaned, it was in better shape than we thought.
2. We started off by scraping the floor panels, removing any excess rust that was attached to the surface.
3. To keep the rust dust to a minimum, we used a shop vacuum while we scraped away.
4. The floors were cleaned and ready for the Eastwood Rust Converter treatment.
5. With gloves on, we started to pour the gel on the rusted area.
6. The rust converter gel was ready to be spread throughout the floor.
7. We opted to use a wax pad to spread the gel so the rust was covered completely. You can also use a disposable paint brush.
8. We started early in the day on this tech, which was a good thing, as this tech is about patience. After spreading the gel we had a waiting time of 8 hours.
9. We used a flexible joint knife from our local hardware store to scrape off more rust and unwanted paint.
10. We used a waste bucket to remove the used gel.
11. After 6 hours, we opted to redo the same process and treat the trunk one more time, doing the same procedure that we did earlier.
12. This tech is all about time. The more time you let the gel sit, the better the results, as you can see what happened after leaving the gel sitting overnight.
13. We still cleaned off the floor boards from any rust that might have been left behind using a wire brush.
14. All of the dust and trash that might have been left was vacuumed to make sure the floor was clean and ready for prep and paint.
15. The floor board was cleaned using low VC Eastwood paint prep.
16. The aerosol Eastwood etching primer made it easy to primer and seal the metal, as it was already pre-mixed to perfection and sprayed on as if you were using a paint gun.
17. The etching primer went on smoothly after it was built up in several coats.
18. The quarter panels also received a touch of love as we cleaned them off and got them ready for the anti-rust treatment.
19. We made sure to clean out the quarter panels from years of debris by vacuuming them.
20. We used Eastwood frame sealer in the quarter panels. The reason being, is that it made more like a liquid so it can run down into the sections that you can’t normally spray.
21. Here’s a look at the quarter panels once they were treated.
22. When we opened up the trunk, we honestly thought we were going to have to cut out the rust and patch the floors. As you can see, this trunk was ready for the next step.