First I sanded the old paint off...
|Before...(you can see the many areas of chipped paint)|
|Sanded down to bare metal with 60 grit|
The pictures may not show it very well, since grey on metal is hard to photograph, but A got amount of primer came off the skin when sanded smooth.
After a thorough wipe down, it was time for the next coat of primer, this time the Rustoleum brand primer.
The Rustoleum primer went on really well. After drying for two hours, I went to 800 grit sandpaper to get a very smooth surface on the skin.
On the back of the skin, I sanded the bare surface down with 60 grit paper. This helped clean up the edges of all the cut outs.
This roughened surface will be ideal for the Very High Bond tape when it is time to use it. Here is how the front skin looks with the second coat of primer sanded...
Before calling it a night, I brought the inner front skin indoors and clamped it onto the frame. With all the sanding work, the skins are more straight then curved, so this should help get some of that back.
|This is one of those little quirks...the skin won't rest flush everywhere.|
|Clamping where I can to get that "bend" back in the skin.|
I'm thinking one more coat of primer, while possibly overkill, will be a good idea. After seeing all the wear and tear the skins took over two years, it can't hurt. Once the weather clears out and gives me a sunny day or two, I can do that, then a coat or two of white.