This morning I checked on how the paint turned out. To my surprise, I realized that I had left the hood outside all night and it started raining early this morning! I grabbed it and brought it inside and got it dried off quickly. It looked like it had a bunch of water spots, but overall it looked good. After it sat for awhile, the water spots went away and it looked really good!
The battery is coming along. It was up to 14.03v when I first went out this morning. Two cells look good (1 of them looks NEW!), 2 cells look better, and the other 2 a still very sulfated. You can tell that it is working on the 2 worst ones though – it looks like the scale is starting to break up. The other 2 are looking good, but still a little discolored. I’ll report on it again tomorrow.
Sanding and Prep work
The first thing I did was sand the interior. I started with 220 grit and then went back with 320 grit. Looks pretty smooth.
After I finished that, I went back and sanded around the toolbox area after removing the seat support, brake handle and seat hinges.
Next, I sanded down the inside of the toolbox and sprayed a heavy coat of Rustoleum Rust Converter in it. I have always had good luck using this stuff.
While that was drying, I stripped the toolbox lid and found 2 places on the lip that were rusted out and needed to be repaired. So I cut those places out.
Then I primed the outside of the toolbox lid. I wasn’t planning on fixing the rust today.
Then I moved on to the battery box lid. The inside was kindof rusty – I guess from the acid fumes? Anyway, I sanded that down with 220 and sprayed it with rust converter.
Next, I prepped and sprayed a whole bunch of small parts with OD 24052. This is only a few of them – I also sprayed the seat support and other stuff.
After the inside of the toolbox was dry, I sprayed it with a heavy coat of OD 24052. I also went ahead and trimmed out around the lip.
And I sprayed the area at the cowl support that I fixed and inside of the passenger side that I patched. I am planning on painting the front of the toolbox and the floor – up to the tunnel.
I had some daylight left, so I decided to go ahead and fix weld the patches into the toolbox lid. Fairly straight forward and easy to do.
I went back and sprayed rust converter around the inside edge to kill a little rust that was there under the seal. I also sprayed the outside to cover the patches.
The last thing I did was spray the inside of the battery box lid with OD 24052 – no pic. I got a lot of little stuff done today, but nothing that made a big change – the little things are what take up most of your time!
Tomorrow, I plan on painting the inside if it warms up enough. I have another project to do until then – replace the bulbs in the shop with LEDs