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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Jan 20th, 20, 9:54 PM Thread Starter
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Preserving a 66 hood for storage, how

I have a 66 hood that has most of the paint stripped off the bottom with minimal surface rust showing. I took all the paint off the lip down to bare metal to make sure that was good with no rust or pin holes. I also took it down to bare metal wher the top sheet metal fold over the bottom skin to make sure that was good. I left the top painted, looks to be painted a couple of times. On the bottom side there appear to be some kind of flexiable coating sprayed up on the inside on the back side of the front lip area.

I want to stop here and keep the hood in storage for future use if necessary. What should I do to protect it from the elements and rust? Thanks.


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Re: Preserving a 66 hood for storage, how

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What should I do to protect it from the elements and rust?
How long are you going to store it and where?

I think if you were going to store it indoors and away from the outdoor elements; I'd prolly hit it with one of todays primer / paint combo in a rattle can. That will be easy to remove once you decide to refinish the entire hood for real.

I wouldn't use oil to stop the rust 'cause it'll be hard to remove later, as the oil will wick into the seams.
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I think I should use Etch Primer, right? Then a light coat of lacquer or enamel?

What about after cleaning the underside as best as I can then pour a quart of this stuff and let is soak all around inside the hood between the upper and lower skins. The prime and paint.


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Re: Preserving a 66 hood for storage, how

Usually I overthink things, but in this case I think you only need to cover raw steel with hardware store rattle can primer/paint combo. Quick dry is fine.

As far as the metal between the inner and outer; when the time comes to repaint the hood and car - that is when you will sand / clean up this area and apply your epoxy primer here before paint just like you do to the rest of the hood underside.

I don't know anything about the product you show, but in my opinion I think that may be overthinking this. YMMV.
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Re: Preserving a 66 hood for storage, how

DO NOT waste your time with rattle can primer or Etch primer. All of that stuff is ancient technology. Spray it once with a quality Epoxy primer & you won't need to top coat it with rattle can enamel or lacquer. Then when the time comes to pull it out of storage, you won't need to waste more time stripping off that cheap primer.

Before spraying the epoxy, have the hood stripped to bare metal. Do it right once & you'll never need to worry about it again.
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Re: Preserving a 66 hood for storage, how

Since he stated "I want to stop here and keep the hood in storage for future use if necessary" - that's when I suggested a quick coat of primer/paint over the smaller areas of exposed metal to stop it from rusting. This will come off quite easily later IF and when he decides to properly finish the whole hood.

He does not want to go through the proper stripping of the entire hood at this point.


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