Will primer (with no topcoat) prevent rust on a driven vehicle?
I would like to start stripping my '69 in preparation for a complete paint job, but don't want to take the car off of the road for an extended period of time. (I just got most of the bugs out of the the new 383 / 5 speed combo and LOVE the summer top-down driving!) Anyway, what I'd like to do is strip one panel at a time, primer it, and drive the car during the process. The car will still be garage kept overnight. However, there probably will be days when I bring it to work and it's sunny in the morning and rain in the evening, so it may get wet.
Since this project will be done in small bits and pieces, I would prefer to use a rattle-can to save on prep and cleanup time. Is Eastwood's "self etching primer" any good? How about that two part epoxy primer in a spray can?
As you could tell from this post, I am not a professional auto restorer, however, I do have a decent garage with a pretty good supply of mechanical and refinishing tools. Also, I am not looking for a 100% perfect show car finish. My Camaro will be used as a fun street car for myself and family with maybe an occasional local show and a yearly trip to the nationals in Carlisle.
What are your thoughts on driving a vehicle that is "under construction"? If this is doable, what primer would you recommend?
69 Conv, 383 (445hp, 498lb/ft), TKO600 5 sp, 3.90 12 bolt
A 65K orig mile 307/powerglide car - stock appearance on the outside, many perf mods to make it fun!
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