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Rocker Panels

Sunday, December 14th, 2008

Today the rocker panels were stripped to bare metal with Klean-Strip low odor Aircraft Stripper like all of the Trans Am’s exterior body panels have been.  This stuff works really well and can be found at your local Walmart.

Apply one small section at a time with a cheap paint brush, wait about 20 seconds and scrape each layer of paint with a razor blade scraper. A new coat of stripper usually has to be applied for each layer of paint or primer.  In the areas too small for the scraper a small wire brush can be used to scratch away the paint.  Be sure to have a large supply of these because they gum up fast.

The rest of the day was spent patching the side of the firewall and repairing a rather large dent in the passenger side rocker panel.   Before the firewall patch was welded in, time was spent blowing out and vacuuming inside the rocker panels as much as possible to remove any dirt and debris that can trap moisture.  Some rust damage was discovered in the driver’s side door that can be seen in the picture below.  Looks to be an excessive amount of body filler in the lower portion of the door which may be hiding even more damage.  New door skins may be used.

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