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Post by Dan492 on Mon Apr 26, 2010 2:16 am

This afternoon I am going to commence in the painting of a radiator which is soon to be fit into the engine bay of our MKII Escort.

This looks as though it is going to be yet another fantastic edge of your seat thread courtesy of teamR3tard so I recommend you stay tuned throughout the day as updates will be plentiful!
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Post by Dan492 on Mon Apr 26, 2010 2:21 am







Here you can see where the old paint has rusted. Rust is the common name for a very common compound, iron oxide.

Rusting is an example of corrosion - an electrochemical process involving an anode, an electrolyte and a cathode. When a piece of metal corrodes, the electrolyte helps provide oxygen to the anode. As oxygen combines with the metal, electrons are liberated. When they flow through the electrolyte to the cathode, the metal of the anode disappears, swept away by the electrical flow or converted into metal cations in a form such as rust.

Now the "rubbing down" can commence!!!
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Post by Dan492 on Mon Apr 26, 2010 2:43 am

Prior to painting metal it is important to properly prepare the surface. Paint will not adhere to rust. Even a little bit will ruin the whole project and I don't want that!
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Post by Dan492 on Mon Apr 26, 2010 2:52 am

I am going to use a medium grade sandpaper and a wire brush to roughen up the surface.



With a block of wood I found on the ground I have created my own sanding block.





Now I can begin rubbing!
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Post by Dan492 on Mon Apr 26, 2010 2:56 am

After a few minutes of rubbing the sand paper is worn down and the metal is beginning to shine.



To get the remaining dirt & rust off I am going to use the wire brush!

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Post by Onslow675 on Mon Apr 26, 2010 3:13 am

An I thought my fooking Mini build was boring
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Post by Dan492 on Mon Apr 26, 2010 3:27 am

At least this will be finished this year Wink
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Post by Dan492 on Mon Apr 26, 2010 3:31 am

We are now almost ready to begin applying the paint! All the rubbing has been done and the results are staggering! The metal could almost blind somebody (who already has poor eyesight).





Now we need to ensure all surface dust which has been created from all that hard rubbing is removed. To do this I simply use a cloth.

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Post by Dan492 on Mon Apr 26, 2010 3:32 am

Now, before I start spraying I also need to make sure the surrounding area is relatively clean as we don't want nasty dust and dirt to get between coats!

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Post by Dan492 on Mon Apr 26, 2010 3:35 am

I have went all out this time and using top quality products.



Well, Wilkinson's Own Multi-Surface Enamel Quick Dry Spray Paint. No stick dipped in paint method here I tell you! A quality finish is assured!

Now the spraying can begin!

I should really prime the metal first, but I am feeling half assed Smile
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Post by Dan492 on Mon Apr 26, 2010 3:56 am

Before painting you should always mask and tape off areas....I didn't really know what to mask and tape up....I also had no old newspaper or masking tape on me. So I improvised!



Now I can REALLY begin spraying! MY GOD I AM GOING TO HAVE A TIZZY FIT WITH EXCITEMENT.....
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Post by Dan492 on Mon Apr 26, 2010 4:19 am

The first coat is applied!!!

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Post by 419 Leanne Kellett on Mon Apr 26, 2010 4:22 am

haha , u fellow retards do make me chuckle ! xx
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Post by Ker916 on Mon Apr 26, 2010 4:31 am

dan - are you painting the ford logo "f.u.c.t" in the center of the radiator - or have you no attention to detail?
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Post by Dan492 on Mon Apr 26, 2010 4:33 am

Oh you will see!!!!
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Post by Dan492 on Mon Apr 26, 2010 4:35 am

Coat #2:

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Post by 419 Leanne Kellett on Mon Apr 26, 2010 4:37 am

just random question .....
have you got my text yet hahaa x
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Post by Dan492 on Mon Apr 26, 2010 4:55 am

Not since the one at 18:31!!!
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Post by Dan492 on Mon Apr 26, 2010 4:56 am

And coat number three! It looks gorgeous don't you think Laughing Like a mirror now!

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Post by Dan492 on Mon Apr 26, 2010 4:58 am

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Post by 419 Leanne Kellett on Mon Apr 26, 2010 4:59 am

ahh right ok :S , hmm u need a new phone :L ,,, yes it looks very nice , nice and shinyyyy Very Happy
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Post by Benny375 on Mon Apr 26, 2010 6:49 am

I like coco pops as well, do you use skimmed milk or semi skimmed

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Post by Guest on Mon Apr 26, 2010 6:49 pm

WOW the progress you have made is absolutely fantastic, how can you do this task so quickly

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Post by Dan492 on Tue Apr 27, 2010 7:22 am

I have been very pleased with the speed of the task to be honest. I didn't expect the results so quickly!
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Post by martin216 on Wed Apr 28, 2010 4:10 am

Benny375 wrote:I like coco pops as well, do you use skimmed milk or semi skimmed
Full fat all the way, non of that watered down shite 
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