should have had them powder coat it too while it was there!!! HA, that thing would have NEVER rusted!!!
[COLOR="Red"]... I guess I'm gonna have to fix that too…….[/COLOR]
2005 Wrangler X 4.0/6 speed, Dana 30/Ford 8.8--4.88--Eaton E-Lockers, 35" MT/R, Smittybilt bumpers/rockers/winch, SonicFab tire carrier, RE 3.5 springs, Zone 1.25 BL, FullTraction 3 link upper rear, RE super flex lower rears, UCF ultra high skid and lo/pro mount, brown dog mml.
Here I've went over the entire frame smoothing out any runs, drips or rough places in the galvanized coating and and gave it a good cleaning with mineral spirits and Marine Clean. Then sandblasted the entire thing. I held the nozzle about 20" away from the surface and at about a 45 degree angle to the surface. All that's needed here is to provide something for the primer to grab. It looks like the matt finish you'd see on a stainless steel rifle.
Now it's in primer. I used Omni Au MP170 epoxy primer. Epoxy is recommended by the material I have read and I also called the manufacurer and this is what they said that they had that worked best.
Now for the paint. I ordered a couple of quarts of Bill Hirsh Super Black Chassis Undercarriage Paint for the final finish. Took an entire quart to really cover good. So now we get to see how it holds up after all is said and done.
Obviously its not the same thing, but, in the oilfield we paint galvanized tanks all the time and they hold up well for years. We don't scuff, sand or etch them first.
In reading about painting over the galvanized finish you don't need to do the sandblasting if you apply the paint within 24 hours of getting it dipped or a year later. So that's why what you fellows do turns out good. The info I read said that painting during the 1 year time frame requires the most prep and that's where my job fell.
Thanks for all of the kind words my friends. Now I can start putting parts back on. I've got as pile stacked up to blast and paint and hope to get to that Saturday. Hopefully this will be the final assembly.