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Old 05-01-2008, 08:08 AM   #15
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you'll be sorry

I've used POR 15 on my car restoration projects. There is no substitute. I can get it at the local automotive paint store. They recommend it.

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Old 05-01-2008, 08:09 AM   #16
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Using Por-15:

Do not get the paint on your glasses.
I still have specs on my lens from painting the frame from underneath.

I will need new glasses shortly anyway.

Takes about 2 days of wear for Por-15 to rub off your hands.

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Old 05-02-2008, 05:40 AM   #17
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Rust in the midwest???

Ken, My AS will reside in Indiana most of the time. Would you think I could get away with rustoleum here? Did you use spray Rustoleum for Heavy Rust?
Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!! Z.

Originally Posted by Ken J
I think it also depends on where you live - here in NM, nothing rusts so I did use rustoleum - if I lived where its wet, would definitely use por 15

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Old 05-02-2008, 07:06 AM   #18
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I was lucky - my trailer did not have heavy rust see - however this is a very dry climate - after two years or so the frame still looks great. I don't know about Indiana - I know I would not use Rustoleum in costal areas, or anywhere where its humid or rains a lot.

In my case I figured if the frame had not rusted in almost 50 years, it wasn't going to start anytime soon.

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Old 05-02-2008, 07:46 AM   #19
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structural help

our Lotus Europa's frame is essentially a sheet metal box. The restoration types who know a lot about the vehicle say that POR 15 is the only product that incorporates the rusted material to restore some of the structural integrity of the metal. They actually recommend just steel brushing off the loose rust but not sanding to brite metal. I don't think that any of the other paint products with the exception of the epoxy's will restore structural integrity.
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Old 05-02-2008, 09:23 PM   #20
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The magic of POR-15 is corrosion will not undercut the painted surface - and that's getting rid of only the rusted areas' scaly surface or any other debris present, it actually likes the pitted surface and light rust to key into. I wouldn't have believed it if I didn't see it...

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Old 05-03-2008, 04:44 AM   #21
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There is simply no comparison between a product like POR-15 and Rustoleum. The paint is a relatively cheap consumer product that doesn't really perform well as a paint. It's fine for painting some household item you want to keep for a couple more years, but it's not simply not suitable for restoration purposes.

If you are looking to spend less money, you might look into using industrial quality products like a penetrating sealer to address the rust, plus a suitable topcoat. I've had really good experiences with Devoe (ICI) products in an outdoor setting. However, this would take considerably more time than brushing on a coat of POR-15, and proper paint products are not cheap either.
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Old 05-03-2008, 04:54 AM   #22
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a few things out of me...
How are you going to put your floor back with the belly pan attached? It is not possible to bolt the channel and floor with it in place. Drop it now and make your job a lot easier for treating the frame, running your waste lines, and insulating.
Why spend all the time taking it down to the frame, if you are not going to treat the frame properly? I think Distantdrummer gave some of the best advice I have seen in a long time... use a rust converter. I used the Eastwood rust converter. It is a two part product that is sold in a kit. This stuff was very easy to apply with a spray bottle and brush to work it where I could not spray. It turned the all the facial rust black and gave a good surface for Eastwood Co. - Eastwood Rust Encapsulator Black Aerosol 16 oz. I used the black on the frame and silver where it can be seen. The spray cans make it very easy and two cans will do half of an Overlander frame with a lot left over.
If you do go the POR15 route, be advised that there are two steps of prep before the product is applied. No one ever seems to mention those two steps when they say they used the POR15. Sure hope they did them, for it would be a waste to go to all this to cut corners.
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Old 05-04-2008, 11:04 AM   #23
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When I finsihed recoating my a-frame two years ago with POR-15 (clear, I overcoated with the Airstream grey), I had about 25% left over. So I slapped it on a pair of shovels that had been left out and were pretty nasty. No prep except knocking the big scales off with a wire brush.

Being clear, they still look pretty nasty but the POR-15 is hilding up great and the rust has been stopped.

The A-frame still lokks good as well...

I vote with all whos urgerd you to use POR-15.

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Old 05-07-2008, 04:54 PM   #24
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I used the POR 15 . I had the belly down and rinsed off the metal ready with water then air dried it before putting on the 15 .Just to be safe I also painted the frame with rustoleum .
My only complaint about the POR is that it seems that once the can is opened it all has to be used ,I followed the direction about closing the can with plastic wrap .When I went to use it again in the AM it was hard as a rock .
I would also get their solvent .Once you get that stuff on you ,you better get it off .You will be wearing it for a week or two
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Old 05-07-2008, 06:03 PM   #25
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I agree with the above posts. If you take the effort to exspose the frame you should take the extra effort and money to preserve it as best you can. I am doing a shell off restoration. I had the frame sand blasted, then did additional structural work including adding tank cavities. I then treated all the steel with -the must for rust- rust inhibitor/remover (really good product). Then painted x2 with por 15. I second getting 2 different colors as it makes the second coat easier. Also por 15 will give you a several day tatoo if it gets on your skin. If you get the por 15 solvent and use it quickly it will remove the por 15. Eastwood, as Frank says, also has some really good products for frame treatment. Ed
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Old 05-07-2008, 06:32 PM   #26
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If it's worth doing right then, it's worth doing only once..POR15 is the best way to go. Cost more than most other stuff but last for yrs more~ Having said that, it's your money and your A/S..Do what works for you.
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Old 05-08-2008, 01:50 PM   #27
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To the poster who commented about the fancy preparation required for POR-15:

Please note that manufacturer does not know if you are treating metal in a saltwater boat's bilge, coating a V-8 motor or painting a park bench so of course they will spell out the preparation required for the most adverse painting scenario.

For Airstream refurbishing it is a great choice.

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Old 05-08-2008, 01:59 PM   #28
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Don't be intimidated by POR-15 is no big deal. Not much different than using paint.
Follow the instructions you'll be all set.

Oh yeah-buy a little more than you need. Once you get rolling is is better to finish the whole job...
Buy a bunny suit too...


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