: Project "Get er done" a slow build.

03-15-2009, 08:46 PM
Well figured I might as well start a build thread. It's gonna be a slow process but you gotta start somewhere!

Here's where I started


Next I came across a good deal on some tires to atleast get her dirty and ended up with this.


03-15-2009, 10:03 PM
And now for the main reason I started this thread, To give any knowledge (or lack of) back to my fellow Inttora members.
I know that with most things that we are gonna add to our trucks, rust is gonna be a problem. And This is where I hope I can help! Now powder coat or rhino liner would be my first choice but since I can't afford that, this is what I've come up with.

First, start off with nice clean welds ( thanks dave ).


Next I knocked off any weld splatter and wire wheeled every weld. Then I wiped with a prep solvent to prepare for the caulk, yep caulk. I used an adhesive paintable bathroom caulk because I couldn't find what I usually use "sikaflex". That's good stuff, use it if you can find it. The caulk is to help shield the weld from the elements,and can make some ugly welds look purdy! It smooths out the highs and lows and fills any holes, all to allow for better paint coverage and protection.

Should look kinda like this


Make sure to sand off any rust or steel coating.


Then after drying I wiped it all down and sprayed the entire piece with a rust converter. Here's some of the stuff I used.


After that dried I gave it a good coat of a quality primer.


And that's as far as I got today.

03-16-2009, 10:16 AM

03-22-2009, 10:27 PM
good idea..."Y" had a good back ground in body work and heavy equipment "finish out" work.

03-23-2009, 10:10 AM
I used to use the caulk trick when we did a lot of sheet metal work on the race cars.

03-23-2009, 11:37 AM
I used to use the caulk trick when we did a lot of sheet metal work on the race cars.

I used the "JB-weld" trick to smooth out the welds on the tube doors...

03-23-2009, 08:20 PM
Yep caulk and JB weld can make the welds look better, But my primary reason for using it in this application is to help prevent rust. But on bumpers ect. it will definately make the welds look smoooth!

03-24-2009, 08:25 AM
my stinger bar has epoxy (jbweld) around it's joints. but that was because my welds looked like crap and I needed to dress them up. :o

On the trailer, Pam decided it needed to be painted since it had sat outside it's entire life so far. so I am in the process of "scaling" all the ramps and such. I forgot I had a product on the shelf called Jasco. So I wired wheeled the parts last night and coated them afterwards with the Jasco to kill the remain microscopic rust.

You make no mention of any metal prep such as that product. Do you not believe in that kind of stuff or do you feel primer over the bare metal is enough?

03-24-2009, 08:18 PM
Yep it's in the picture, the can that says rust converter. I've never heard of jasco, but as long as it's a rust converter it should work. It's probably not really necessary but as much as I hate rust, anything that I can do to slow it down is well worth it!

I'm still working on borrowing a tube bender so maybe I can finish up this project:(

03-24-2009, 09:22 PM
Jasco is more of a "wash" than a converter. but I brushed the Jasco on the parts last night and forgot about them until this evening and when I was putting the tools up noticed them.

NOt a bit of red/orange color on the metal. and it is all steel black again. I'll leave the stuff on until I get ready to paint them but you are suppose to wash this stuff after it is finished.

Just let me know about the tube bender, ironic that you mentioned it. I got to thinking about that rather "large" project we talked about on the drive to red bird. Your idea is sounding more and more enticing. Just need to talk to Pam like I said which is not good timing at the moment.