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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Jan 29th, 00, 02:58 PM Thread Starter
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Anybody have any experiences dipping your car for paint and rust removal? I've known for several years of companies that can dip an entire car in a tank for removal of paint, grease, bondo, etc. Then, using another tank in which an electrical current is passed through the car to remove ALL traces of rust. For me, this is the method I want to use. I realize the seam sealant will also be removed, possibly in hidden areas, so I'm told. I think this is absolute best way in the long run to get rid of all rust. Plus, by taking my time, which the assembly line couldn't do, I can rust-proof all areas of the car for a permanent elimination of future rust problems.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Jan 29th, 00, 05:24 PM
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I think the method works well although I personally wouldn't do it. The reason is the only place in my area that does it does not dip the car in any type of corrosion resistant primer or epoxy when done. I have done a vehicle that was dipped and it came back looking great but like I said all they did when the stripping procedure was done was to apply a sray on soap film which requires running water over it to remove the film then you create flash rust in areas you dont get at right away. If you could find a place that dips the car in a epoxy or e-coat type primer I would definetly do it.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old Jan 29th, 00, 07:16 PM
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I realize that dipping a car means removing *everything*. I think that's the biggest thing holding me back from having this process done. Let's assume the stripping place would re-prime immediately (Redi-Strip does I think). Can anyone talk me into or out of this? How much work is it to remove all the ducting, wiring, etc. in a first gen interior?
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old Jan 30th, 00, 10:30 AM
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Great for parts, BUT I would NEVER dip the whole body. You can never put back most of the sealants/caulking. Much of it is not accessible. And they can't get the solution out of all the areas of the body. I've heard of problems and I just don't see the need, thought some people want to brag about a car being 'dipped'. POR-15 works as well or better and you don't have to strip the car. I would never buy a dipped car.

Roger Gibson does only frame-offs, is a perfectionist, and he only once had to dip a complete body in all the years he's been doing it. And nobody can afford his work.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old Jan 31st, 00, 07:58 AM
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I dipped my '69 about 6 years ago. The shop I used, which was the only choice in my area at the time, did not use a primer dip at the end. However, it's so dry here in Denver that I was able to avoid any surface rust. I also had to change every panel except the roof which gave me access to the inside places to reprime them. I don't know if I would do it again due to the total dissassembly required but it sure did the trick to eradicate all the rust I had. So far after 6 years there are no negative effects or problems cropping up.

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