I've had my truck for a couple of months now and thought I'd better get at the rust before winter hits. And here in central Illinois, boy howdy, does it HIT! Year before last we had seven ice storms in two weeks, that was a lot of road salt
Anyway, I ordered a paint kit from Paintscratch.com. Set me back about $65 for cleaner, primer, paint, clear coat, and liquid compound. Although after getting into it I'm thinking I might need another kit....more rust than I thought was there, big surprise, lol.
Okay, so for today I grided away the rust, cleaned the areas with Dawn and water, and applied the rust converter. I used Purple Power De-Ruster from Advance Auto. I was going to use POR-15 but after using this on my daughter's car I was pleasantly surprised at how well it did.
This pic is after the grinding. I started with a dremmel but after about 30 seconds I moved to my angle grinder with a wire brush, lol. Man it can be depressing when you start on a tiny dot of rust and it quickly opens up into a 3 or 4 inch area
Oh well, at least I got it all.
After grinding but before converter
Here's a close up after grinding but before converter. It's interesting to note that once you find the edge of the rusted area all you're doing is seeing primer. Kind of a nice way to know you've found it all.
Here's an area that rusted through. I was careful to get up inside the hole with a small wire brush. I'm hoping the converter was pulled inside the seams by way of capillary action.
This is after the converter was applied, about an hour later. It turned a very rich black color. The converter sort of foams up when it hits the rust but just lays on top of the primed/painted areas.
Another "after" image. Some of the converter is still foaming. The rust is now hard and black.
And here's some rust that was hiding under the door weather stripping. I used a very stiff bristle brush, about 3/4" wide to apply the converter. I was very aggressive mashing the liquid into the seams.
Well, that's it for today. It's too humid to paint or apply clear coat. I may have to clean out the woodshop if I want to get this done before winter. The clear coat says it can't be applied in himidity over 50%. Where do they think I live, Arizona?!?! We're looking at heat indexes of 110-115 the next couple of days including 90-100% humidity
I'll be sure and get more pics when I paint and clear coat. One question though; can I sand and/or buff the converter before I prime? I'm not expecting a body-shop looking paint job but I want it to look as nice as possible.