Project: K.I.T.T. Blog
I was not able to attend Southern Knights Atlanta last year, so I had to wait until now to purchase my copies of these four new albums. I already had the first three albums, so I was really excited for these. They arrived yesterday!"BIG NEWS! A SOUTHERN KNIGHTS ATLANTA EXCLUSIVE! NBCU has just givenme permission to produce 250 flash drives of Volume 4, V5, V6, and V7 to besold at the Atlanta convention! This will be Exclusive to your event until later this year.These will be in a credit card shaped flash drive with USB plug! I will be sellingthem for $25.00 each because it costs so much to produce them and pay NBCU.Each volume has 2 episodes of music, except volume 6. This is 24 bit audio resolution.I am so excited.This has been an uphill battle for 2 years.The episode list for each Volume is as follows:Volume 4A Nice Indecent Little TownKiller K.I.T.T.Volume 5Knight MovesSpeed DemonsVolume 6Chariot of GoldVolume 7Knight of the JuggernautReturn to CadizBest Regards,Your Friend,Don"
This problem definitely will not sour me from ordering POR-15 again. I still think they rock!
I received back the undercoating today. I also just refunded you the full amount for your order. That will cover the return shipping to us and then some. You should see the credit back on your credit card in a day or so. Sorry about the inconvience and I hope this problem doesn’t sour you from ordering again from POR-15. Let me know if you need anything else. Thank you.
I started this morning by making sure the tape was still firmly attached in all the areas I masked off last night.
First coat of undercoating on the firewall:
Second coat of undercoating on the firewall:
I bought a whole roll of that red vinyl material. I like the way it looks on my work bench, so I covered my rolling work bench and my refrigerator/freezer top also.
After the undercoating had dried, I removed the masking. I had my camerawoman back, so I have action shots now. :)
I had wrapped all the stainless steel lines with masking tape. The tape went on a lot easier than it came off, but it protected well.
Here is the coated firewall:
I just need to give this a coat of BlackCote so it matches the rest of the engine bay and this will be finished. Maybe tomorrow...
When I got off work today, I touched up the spots I could not get to on the underbody last weekend. Here are the spots I wanted to touch up:
Here are a couple pictures after I touched up the spots:
After finishing the wheel wells last weekend, I decided I would like to spray the undercoating on the firewall in the engine bay. Since we could not reuse the original firewall pad we created our own firewall out of multiple layers of RAAMmat BXTII and Ensolite. Although it is as thick as the original firewall pad, I decided I wanted to coat the firewall with the undercoating to add more sound deadening and insulation against heat. I plan to top coat the undercoating with the same POR-15 BlackCote we used on the rest of the engine bay.
I had to start by cleaning the firewall and surrounding areas. I used POR-15 Cleaner Degreaser and a rag to wipe it down. I then I wiped it down with a rag and water.
Once the area was dry I masked it off.
Ready for the undercoating:
I am waiting until tomorrow morning to spray the undercoating on the firewall. I finished the night by recovering my work bench with a new red vinyl material I bought a couple weeks ago.
Looks nice, doesn't it?
I contacted POR-15 this week, and they told me to send back both cans of their undercoating for a full refund. They assured me again that the Metal Prep that was also in that shipment would be unaffected by freezing. Sara mailed the package to POR-15 today. I will let you know what happens.
I started today by making a close-up inspection of all four wheel wells to look for spots I missed. I noticed in the driver side rear wheel well there was some cracking over top of the area I retreated with POR-15.
I also noticed I missed a small spot along the inner lip.
I also missed a huge patch underneath the fuel door opening. I was trying to avoid spraying this area too much, for fear of it spraying through the paper. I think that is why I missed this area yesterday.
Moving on to the passenger side rear wheel well, I again missed a strip on the inner lip.
Both front wheel wells looked fine, so I went to work touching up the spots/cracks on the rear wells.
Unmasked and finished driver side rear wheel well:
The color in these pictures still look dark gray. It is a matte black.
Unmasked and finished driver side front wheel well:
Unmasked and finished passenger side rear wheel well:
Unmasked and finished passenger side front wheel well:
Sara and I put all four tires and the front fenders back on.
Here is the driver side wheel well with no flash. You can see how black it is in the wheel well.
This is the driver side rear wheel well and tire. I think the color in these next two pictures is probably closest to true I have been able to capture with the camera.
Passenger side front wheel well and tire:
Passenger side rear wheel well and tire:
Last night I did quite a bit of research online, and I decided to fall back on my original plan for the wheel wells before I had decided to do them in high gloss black POR-15. Originally when we stripped the wheel wells, I had two options: 1) replace the factory-style undercoating, or 2) try something different and go with high gloss black. I decided to go for something different, and everyone knows the ending to that story...
Prior to deciding on using high gloss POR-15, I had researched online and found 3M Automotive Coatings makes a heavy duty rubberized undercoating as part of their Bondo line. This is what I would have used had I decided to replace the factory-style undercoating. Fast forward a couple of years to us once again having to make wheel well coating decisions. POR-15 had introduced their own line of rubberized undercoating, and when it came time to undercoat the primered wheel wells I thought the POR-15 undercoating would be a better choice.
After last night, I decided to fall back on my first idea. Sara and I had breakfast and then went to Menards and purchased cans of Bondo heavy duty rubberized undercoating. Each can cost only $4 compared to the $20 POR-15 undercoating.
We also bought a tarp at Menards to paint the fender lines on.
The passenger side rear wheel well still needed to be taped and masked off.
This is how the POR-15 undercoating dried. It literally looks and feels like a layer of matte paint. There is absolutely no rubberized texture.
Up next... Bondo undercoating spray. I began with the driver side front wheel well.
The difference was apparent immediately. There was more pressure, more volume, and more coverage. It was kind of like spraying liquid tar or asphalt.
First coat of Bondo undercoating, and already it looks rubbery.
On to the passenger side front wheel well.
After getting one coat on the front wheel wells, I sprayed the fender liners.
The small liner is the cover for the fuel filler neck.
I took these pictures after two coats of the Bondo undercoating:
(Despite the pictures, it is a very matte black color.)
Next up: touching up the underbody and the driver side rear wheel well with POR-15 black.
Here are the two areas that need touching up:
All touched up!
I went under the car to inspect the spots Dad and I marked yesterday. I was originally going to use POR-Patch on a couple of them, along the seams and pinch welds. However, our masking of the wheel wells has covered these up. (Dad, we did too good of job!) I will have to go back to these spots once the wheel well masking is removed.
I touched up the spots I could get to with POR-15 black.
Using a third can of Bondo undercoating, I applied another coat to the fender liners.
I also applied one last coat to both front wheel wells.
I used six cans of undercoating: three cans on the front wheel wells and liners, and three cans on the rear wheel wells.
I applied light coats, and switched back and forth between the rear wheel wells to allow the coats to dry.
Here are the finished fender liners:
Hopefully I will have a wheel well unveiling for you tomorrow!