Keep in mind that the liquid stripper will get in all the places that the new paint will not. There is going to be a lot of hidden exposed metal as many places are inaccessible and impractical to paint...not to mention the possibility of seams retaining some of the stripper only to seep out later once the car is completed. Personally, I would never have a body dipped. My .02I am thinking of getting my car acid dipped. We have a local hot rod shop that does dipping. In my head it will get into all of the spots media blasting or sanding can't. But, thats in my head:awkward:
Should I media blast my 62 or not ??
Question is: What speaks against blast/dip?
If there is rust you will remove it. If you don't blast/dip you miss rust for sure.
I personally grind the paint down on every accessible panel and leave the rest to the blaster. Floors, trunk, pillars, and so on. You save some money and there is less chance of warped body panels.
I had my Buick blasted, after the metal work was done. Once it was blasted, I had the bodywork done. My buddy owns a restoration shop and says it is much more cost effective to have it blasted over stripping it by hand with a DA and grinders. I will have my Nova blasted once I'm done with the metal work. I am not worried about ending up with more holes in the car. If I find more metal that needs to be replaced, I'll replace it.
I could'nt have said it any better.I think it really depends. First off, do you have any idea what kind of shape the car is in. Do you suspect lots of issues or is it pretty solid? Are you prepared for what you will uncover. Is there bondo, and if so, how much and is done well, or crappy?
I think if you are prepared for the worse and fully intend on being ready to replace panels etc and want it done totally right, so you know everything there is to know that could be hidden by paint/bondo, then yes. If you are "happy" with the body work that exists and are looking to repaint then maybe not.
Without pictures it's hard to offer an opinion.
I would cut the floors out before blasting. So the inner part of the reinforce bars are blasted too and you get a much cleaner surface for welding. The more rust is removed the better will be your welds.Tom , I have to replace the whole floor pan and up the toe board a little . Do you recommend doing that metal work 1st and then have it blasted ?
That's how we did it on my buick. All the major metal work was done first, then I had it blasted. I'll do the nova the same way. I'm working through the metal work on the nova now.Tom , I have to replace the whole floor pan and up the toe board a little . Do you recommend doing that metal work 1st and then have it blasted ?