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    mk1 zephyr tear down and respray starts

    Was a simple idea, quick respray to change the colours, freshen up the engine and check all the electrics, so the plan was only go back to metal in places ..... however various people suggested it would be best to go right back to bare metal so here goes, this is not going to be a quick job but I have promised my self an hour a day minimum whether I want to or not so today as I was not at work I started.





















    Any tips for getting the filler out of the seam at the top of the wing gratefully recvd.
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    Zinc primering as I go to avoid rust hopefully as metal roof on garage drips
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    Warm the area with a hot-air paint stripping gun to soften the filler and scrape at the filler with a thin blade (a screw driver ground down is good). Don't be tempted to use any sort of stripper/chemical, once its in the seam its difficult to get it out!
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    cheers will try that tomorrow
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    Did you ever find out what the oil leak was at the HRD's???

    P.s. good luck...

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    Quote Originally Posted by pkingesq View Post
    Any tips for getting the filler out of the seam at the top of the wing gratefully recvd.
    Wire brush in a drill.
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    You beat me to it Lee:incheek :or a cup wire wheel in a grinder Cheers Neil
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    Tried the wire brush both cup and wheel but the depth of the seam and the welds joining the 2 halves of the wing wire brushing just don't get in far enough to get it all out. Yellataxi, was water not oil and seems I have a dodgy core plug that only leaks when under pressure, this is what started the tear down - figured as engine coming out might as well respray
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    I'd do what you can with a bevel wire brush in a grinder and what is left in the seam is left so long as there is no rust evident (or was there?) I think you'll be fine. Can I ask was there anything wrong with the paint? As in the pics it looks fine? Is it to just change the colour? If so I'd stop where you are, as you seem to be unveiling repairs that appear to have been successful as the finish looked good.

    If the idea was just to change the colour then just do that. Sand back to primer and then respray. You now have to filler a etc on the bits that you've stripped so far.

    Ok about respraying the engine bay while the engine is out but that involves lots of work stripping out everything to do it properly. Is it that bad or would deep clean and buff up suffice? Unless a totally different colour is envisaged.

    The benefit of stripping the paint totally is you know what's underneath so in future you know where the likely trouble spots might be.

    Hope this helps ... Jon
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    I totally agree with all that Jon has said. I do believe you are making yourself a lot of hard work for a change of colour. Your garage, being damp isn't the ideal place to take the car back to bare metal. All of the panels unbolt from the main shell for ease of prepping and painting, every bolt being stainless steel. I would have removed these and taken the drivetrain out before embarking on the facelift job, but that's only my opinion. Good luck, Ron.
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