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Sub Frame Painting


mambosasa

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I had a long think about what I do with the sub-frame. Looking at it, yeah its dirty, but in pretty good shape all round.

 

So the options are:-

 

1. Leave as is - Since I intend to keep the car for some time and the clam is off, it seems a shame not to do something to it.

 

2. Get it powder coated - Nice idea, durable and good finish. The problem I had with this is that you would have to remove the sub-frame, send it away, wait, wait and wait then get it back and install! :( Sounded a bit too long for me to be honest and cost more money.

 

3. Paint it in-situ! This ended up to be my favourite option. It meant that I wouldn't have to remove it off the chassis, it would be immediate and would only cost me a tin of paint. Job done!

 

So I purchased a tin of POR15, in black and armed with a brush I attacked it with all my might!

 

Prior to any painting, I spent some time cleaning the sub-frame with brake disc cleaner and removed all debris and oil from the surface. I then gave the whole thing a good going over with a wire brush.

 

It wasn't perfect, but it was clean and free from the oil.

 

The start...

 

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Took my time trying not to drip too much and getting into every corner...

 

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Going on nicely...

 

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After 30 minutes or so of painting, the first coat is complete and looking as I hoped. It is suggested that you paint two coats, however if it dries okay, I may just touch it up and leave it as that.

 

I am quite pleased with this.

 

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Job done! :D

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