Engine bay priming
After all the disassembly, the documentation, the measuring and cutting and welding, I'm finally ready to prime the engine bay with a uniform coating of SPI epoxy primer. Few things float my proverbial boat like clean, uniform surfaces.
So I started stripping it off. Almost immediately I found a little rust under the E-coating. Feeling vindicated, I plowed on and stripped the entire assembly. I never found any more rust after that first little section. Oh well. Still the right call in my mind.
After many hours of stripping (20? 30? I sort of lost count), the engine bay is finally ready for priming.
A total of two full coats are on the front end. Seam sealer (NAPA 1k black) was applied to all the necessary seams per the Weld and Sealant manual after the first coat. I used a total of about 36 oz of mixed primer this project.
A confession about improper technique:
So, it turns out I made some mistakes in the first pass that had to be fixed. On the outside of the aprons and shock towers I got a lot of runs in the primer that had to be stripped off and redone. And this isn't just me being picky, it was legitimately gross.