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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-28-2006, 06:16 AM
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Air, or Elbow Grease?

O.K., I have found this website VERY helpful. I have rust in the bed and on top of the cab of my cab. I don't have the money to get it sand-blasted, so what should I use? I have access to a D.A., and I also have a lot of sandpaper, as well as wire brushes. The sandpaper worked great, if you put all the force you can possibly muster up towards it. The wire brushes worked pretty well, just slow. Should I try to use a D.A., of just take my time with the sandpaper and brushes?
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 04-06-2006, 04:04 PM
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Re: Air, or Elbow Grease?

On big flat areas, I like using a DA sander. Harder to do that in a bed with ribs, but still possible.

I bought a small sandblaster for home. Works well, but it gets grit EVERYWHERE. This would be my last option, but it is effective.

Look closely at POR-15 ( I've used it in the bed of a truck that was being scratched up by a plastic drop-in bedliner. I brushed this stuff on, rust was taken care of for good.

Unless you do a very good job of sealing the metal, the rust will come back (won't with POR-15 since it does seal great). I've done a number of paint jobs, only to be disappointed in a year when a rust bubble appears under my fresh paint.
post #3 of (permalink) Old 04-08-2006, 10:40 AM
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Re: Air, or Elbow Grease?

A DA sander should work fine. Start with a lower grit and work your way up until the surface is smooth. The soot wiht primer and wet sand and you should be good to go.
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