1981 CJ7 Restoration - 2019.09.22 - Leo Kahng

1981 CJ7 Restoration - 2019.09.22

Hey! Two days in a row of Jeep work!

Today I tackled something that I've been wanting to do for a very long time, and is critical to starting down the path toward a rolling chassis - sealing and painting the frame.

After the frame was glass bead blasted, I coated the entire frame with rust converter/preventative, then sprayed the inside of the frame rails with an Eastwood product to coat the inside. I didn't do such a great job, but I hope it's better than nothing. The rust converter/preventative leaves this white hazy residue which is essentially zinc oxide, a byproduct of dissolving the rust and hopefully stopping its progression.

Ready for the first coat of rust sealer.

The next step is to apply 2 coats of Mastercoat Permanent Rust Sealer, which is supposed to stop the progression of any existing rust and completely seal it from the elements/moisture. The process involves applying the first coat, then wait until it dries enough so that when you touch it, nothing shows up on your finger, then apply the second coat so it is chemically bonded with the first coat. The second coat can be applied up to 48 hours later, but it should be applied sooner if possible.

After 2 coats of rust sealer.

The rust sealer leaves a nice silver coating to everything and I rather like the way it looks. It's nice to know that the frame is well protected now.


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