It was dirty, uncomfortable, made me ache, made me look like a chimney sweep and I nearly lost a testicle to overalls that used to fit perfectly! All in all, I had a pretty good time.
Like most GTVs I suspect, I had a small strip of peeling underseal where the floor pan meets the sill. However a quick poke with a screwdriver showed that what I could actually see was only the tip of the iceberg! A wire brush wasn’t really doing it for me so I bought out the angle grinder with a stone disc which resulted in flaky paint and dried up underseal flying everywhere and satisfying clouds of rust dust billowing out. I thought I was sorting a strip only a couple of inches wide but by the time I had attacked every suspect spot and feathered it back to shiny metal I reckon I took off nearly a quarter of the paint on both floorpans. I paid particular attention to any seams – there are lots.
Hope the pics shows the stages but:
1. Pickle the rusty bits in rust converter until they turn black. I left it overnight.
2. Degrease, wash away any salt and rinse the rust converter off. Accept you are going to get a face full and a wet arm, so keep your safety specs on.
3. Dry thoroughly. I nicked a towel from indoors and finished off with a heat gun.
4. Prime/undercoat with something designed to be sprayed over rust metal, again concentrating on the seams. I used Hammerite rusty metal primer because I had some to hand.
5. Because the floor pan was now multi coloured and you never know when you are going to run over a concourse judge (and mostly because primer/underseal will not last long on its own) cover with your favourite topcoat. Mine is thick black waxoil stippled on with a brush. I didn’t get a pic but I’m sure you can imagine it.
Lesson 1 – what looks like a rust bubble could just as easily be a grommet that really does not need to get intimate with a grinder!
Lesson 2 – It’s an emotional journey: Disbelief could be as bad as it looks. Despair. Mentally calculating the value of the parts if broken. Berating yourself for not paying a bloke with dirty fingernails to do it all last year. Acceptance. Action. Smugness when it is done. Not being afraid of salty winter roads!
Now, about that camblet………….