Tips: Panel repairs

A few things we’ve learned over the course of the restoration regarding panel and rust repair, added to as I update this blog. Mostly we’ve learned these tips the hard way, so you might not see us using these tips ourselves until later in the process. Do as I say, not as I do.

  • Buy genuine Heritage panels if at all possible. They’re a much better fit than cheap reproductions, the steel is thicker, and the E-coat is very tough.
  • It’s best to have the entire car caustic dipped or sandblasted before commencing repairs, that way you can see all the problem areas and won’t have to go back
  • Henkel make a product called Kephos (also known as Paint Grip 253), a solvent-based phosphating coating which, when sprayed or wiped over bare steel, prevents rusting, protects from oil and grease, and can be welded through and painted over. Use Kephos to keep your bare shell from rusting while you do the body work. It’s magic stuff and I wish I knew about it at the beginning of the project. Dammit.
  • Dents and dings in your steel panels? Look up “shrinking disk” on YouTube and watch the videos. It’s an angle grinder attachment that heat shrinks out dents and ripples in steel panels, and it’s pure genius.

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