Thursday, July 21, 2016

Firewall and Engine Bay Detailing | Part 5

Detailing and refinishing the firewall and inner fenders is a very tedious job, but I finally got to the point where every wire and hose was masked with heavy-duty aluminum foil.

Using tape and paper would take forever, so the aluminum foil approach works best.



I used a plastic drop cloth I purchased at ACE Hardware, and it worked great for protecting the car's finish. The bath towels I used to protect the fenders, served double duty to cover the wiper bay, and since I purchased them for the garage, a little overspray is no big deal.



I sprayed a base coat of SEM Landau Black to ensure there was good coverage in case I missed any spots when applying the bedliner spray.

Not sure how many coats I sprayed, but I rather use too much rather than not enough. So I am confident I got decent coverage. When the bed liner spray was dry enough, I finished the painting by applying a couple of coats of Eastwood's Underhood Black, which has a beautiful factory sheen.

I taped the brake booster since I wanted a different finish on it.




Instead of spraying bedliner, I decided—at the last minute—to use Underhood Black for the inner fenders, and I am happy with that choice.



I lightly sanded the brake booster and painted it with Underhood Black. I sprayed two heavy coats to give it a nice semi-gloss finish, and I am very pleased with the result.

By the way, since the spot where the emissions label goes is now textured, I plan to stick the decal on the brake booster.




After the paint cures overnight, I will finish brushing Loctite Extend Rust Neutralizer on the chassis, and at that point, I will remove the aluminum foil and start reassembling things under the hood.

So stay tuned for Part 6 of the series.

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