[DML] Re: Sandblasting DeLorean frame - advice needed.
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[DML] Re: Sandblasting DeLorean frame - advice needed.



--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "John Dore" <dmcjohn@xxxx> wrote:
<snip>
> I spoke with my powdercoating friend about this possibility, but he 
> thinks that as soon as the chassis comes out the other side of the 
> oven, the epoxy will quickly cool and harden onto the frame again, 
> and it would achieve nothing. Any thoughts on this?
> 
> If any of the full service vendors who sandblast then powder coat 
> DeLorean frames as part of their restorations could lend me some 
> advice I'd really appreciate it.
> 
> Hopefully someone can help!
> 
> Thanks,
> John Dore, Ireland.
> Vin 3810.

Well i'm no expert, i'll chime in since I was planning on powdercoating 
the frame of my D as well.  After I got my car down to the bare frame, I 
desided against it with mine.. Mainly being that my frame wasn't nearly 
as bad as I thought it might be. So what I am going to do with mine is 
only sandblast the few spots that are rusting, and reepoxy them, then 
just simply paint the entire frame again with another layer of an epoxy 
based paint(though probably gloss black this time).  One thing to 
remember though.. You probably don't want to have the frame dipped 
or heated to the point the OEM epoxy paint melts... The reason being 
there are many internal area's of the frame that once the OEM 
epoxy/paint is removed from, you won't be able to get to to 
powedercoat, so you'll end up with bare metal in places that will be 
rusting unseen.. And this will probably shorten the life of the frame 
when the goal was to prolong it.  If you do go through with stripping the 
frame, sandblasting the outside would be all i'd do then powdercoat it.  
Warping shouldn't really be an issue, at least not on the frame.. 
Warping is generally only a problem on thin sheet metal like fenders, 
etc. At least from my limited experience anyway.

Chris
VIN# 3209
http://badger.brazi.net/delorean/
(who also has loads of pics and needs to do an update but has been 
lazy)






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