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1961 Volvo PV544 in Holland

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Old Oct 14th, 2018, 16:22   #451
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Personally I have never had any problems with the vinyl joint strip and water ingress. Of course if you are not painting your car you don't have the added protection of multi coats of paint between the panel joints. You might try Vaseline on the panel edges,a fairly thick smear on each panel before fitting the vinyl strip. Any excess should squeeze out. An added bonus is that it would help to keep the vinyl supple. But what do I know!
Just because I've gone a bit mad and gone for a bare metal look, it doesn't meant there's no paint.

I can assure you this vehicle is very well covered! The "bare metal look" has seven layers of three different types of clear coat on it - the wheel wells also have seven layers of three different types of paint + rust encapsulator in places - there's also going to be an extra layer of POR15 Urethane applied...

...I'm also considering a matt clear wrap for extra stone chip protection on the front wings, the front and the bonnet.

Despite the amount of paint and protection I've put on the vehicle I don't want water sitting between panel joints.

Along with the Silent Coat stuff that should be turning up tomorrow I've also got some Dinitrol windscreen sealant - I might use this instead of the Permatex black silicone - I'm not sure what it is like yet at the moment though...
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Before you tighten the wing fitting bolts (rear) flow in some Waxoyl, there are better alternatives, into the joint and leave to soak through before tightening them all up. Then do it again and wipe off the excess. Add a bit more wax a couple of times a year, especially if using the car as a daily driver.
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Before you tighten the wing fitting bolts (rear) flow in some Waxoyl, there are better alternatives, into the joint and leave to soak through before tightening them all up. Then do it again and wipe off the excess. Add a bit more wax a couple of times a year, especially if using the car as a daily driver.
Thanks but I'm not sure I want four seeping wounds of muck on each corner - especially after all that cleaning and scraping.

I'm not sure if it is true but it certainly feels that 90% of doing up old cars is cleaning

The fuel tank looked pretty amazing under all the caked on crud =>





No external rust (worth mentioning) - looked d - i - s - c - o new once it had been wire brushed to death with the angle grinder and loads of thinner and epoxy prep cleaner.

It is now in a coat of epoxy primer (that'll need a good bit of sanding to remove the drips!)



The black pantsercoating looks like it will be all that will be necessary for the final finish.
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"Seeping wounds". You don't have to go that crazy. Just enough to set-up and seal. Old-timers might just brush on some grease.
The tank has survived amazingly well under the sealant. Lucky you.
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"Seeping wounds". You don't have to go that crazy. Just enough to set-up and seal. Old-timers might just brush on some grease.
The tank has survived amazingly well under the sealant. Lucky you.
Yep all that gunk has managed to do what was intended on certain parts of the car. Strangely though it didn't work on all parts despite the liberal application.

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Nothing much has happened recently - I'm literally watching paint dry - epoxy undercoating is all very well but I can't speed it along with UV heat lamps cos the UV kills the epoxy.

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