Texture coat

The Mini’s all masked up, ready for the texture coat. Texture coat should help protect the underside from stone damage, but instead of Grandad’s bituminous underseal, we’ve gone with a more modern rubberised coating (Wurth Stone Guard SKS)  that will then be painted over. 2015-03-13 14.39.51 2015-03-13 14.39.57 2015-03-13 14.40.04 2015-03-13 17.29.41 2015-03-13 16.00.13 We’re coating any panels which had stone damage, and the rest has been masked off- including the exhaust tunnel, subframe mounting points, and flanges that will have trim attached to them. 2015-03-13 18.39.02 2015-03-13 17.30.00 2015-03-13 18.39.28 After much debate we’ve decided to texture coat the rocker panels (because we intend to drive this thing) and the spare wheel well (because it’ll end up full of dirt anyway).

The texture coat hides surprisingly little. To be honest, I’m not sure what I was hoping for. I was worried that it might hide the brushed texture of the seam sealer and the exposed spot welds (which it doesn’t), but at the same time I thought it might make some of the replacement panels less obvious. No such luck. Still, it’s on the underside, and if you’re looking at the underside of a Mini you have more pressing issues than whether the floor is perfectly straight or not.

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