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I am currently in the stage of my project to have my 67 body acid dipped. I am wondering if anyone has done this, results, and such. Also, if anyone knows of anywhere in the Bay Area, CA, Northern CA, or Nevada near Reno that does it. I have been searching for weeks and have only got a hold of places that have gone out of business.
Or if anyone knows any shops in the Bay Area or close to that do media blasting and priming fo the bare metal, and anyone if they have done that and their results, comments, etc.
Hello.You really don't want to acid dip a forty year old car.I've seen some people try that,and most of them nearly disolved the entire car. The few that managed to get something resembling a car out of the vat discovered that the chemicals had the annoying tendancy to seep out of the nooks and crannies of the car slowly over time,as in after the car had been painted.Again, I don't recall having seen anyone get results that they were happy with.Hope that helps.
Hi. I agree with Veronica, all the points she mentioned are true. Our 35+year old Fords don't like swimming in acid that much.
When I was stripping the layers of cheap paint and nasty bondo off my old 68' Coupe, I have found that Aircraft Remover is the greatest thing in the world! Just apply it liberally to all painted and/or bondo'd areas and scrape it off with a putty knife. Just be sure to wipe the metal off with wax/grease remover after doing so. You can also sandblast the entire underneath of your car (floors, frame rails) and get great results.
I just had my 66 dipped in Atlanta... best thing ever!! Now I know exactly what I have. There was nothing left but bare metal I did not want them to preserve it which is usually what seeps out later. I picked mine up in the morning and primed it that evening. Looks great as soon as I get the pictures developed I will post them.
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I had my 67 convertible dipped in acid in Alletown PA in Sept 2007 on the advice of my mechanic who restores vintage Jags and Volvos. Everyone has their own opinion on this process. The body man at Mustang Barn in Souderton, PA says it is the worst thing you could do acid the acid works its way into the crannies and nooks and the neturalization never really gets everything. They suggest blasting with ALX and then scuffing all the body before shooting primer. However my mechanic says they have improved the process greatly with better rinses and a bakeout oven that drives all the acid off. My mechanic said that now there is no chance that acid will leech out and bubble your paint which was a problem before. Time will tell on my restoration project once we start cutting out rusted inner rockers,etc if I have made a correct decision. I have uploaded the photos onto Flickr which is Yahoo's image sharing website. You can advance or backup through the Flickr photostream to look at the different photos. I picked my shell up there were 2 plum Cuda convertibles there and those cars are worth unbelievable prices now. Some other customer stopped and picked up his early Mustang fenders and cowl top while I was waiting for my car to be hauled away.
Look guys the real truth is acid dipping is the very best way to get your cars ready for restoration.
You have to fully understand the compound that go into the paint and how to fully neutralize them first.
Once you take the time to study up on that you'll know how important it is that we use acid in the dipping process. It's not the acid that you need to worry about.
Here's more info from on of the premiere acid dipping operations on the West Coast. These guys know their stuff. They doing just dip car parts and call it good. They do total restoration projects. Dipping for others is done more just to help them do their projects right. You know these guys know what their doing when many of their projects cost the owners over $200,000 a car!
Hi again. I'm assuming that you are somehow affiliated with this company? This thread was started over four years ago, but, I haven't seen anything since then that has changed my opinion. That doesn't mean that I know for certain that nothing has changed, I just haven't seen it yet. It could be that the process has been improved tremendously.
There is a soda blasting medium that has been introduced recently. It is supposed to eliminate the heat buildup that occurs when blasting so warped panels are no longer an issue. I saw this on one of the TV shows that are about auto restoration.
Maybe someone has more info on this that they would like to contribute.
VERY old thread!
Media blasting (not soda) is the preferred method.
Just my 2 cents.
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