Today it was finally warm enough outside to allow the garage to be heated enough to finish painting. The cowl is the last of the large POR-15 projects (other than the fuel tank, which Sara just reminded me about). I wanted to treat this area but I have not been looking forward to figuring out how I was going to paint the entire length of it.
I used two flashlights to illuminate the driver's side of the cowl. This is the part I will not be able to reach by hand. I have one flashlight shining in the hole where the driver's side windshield wiper arm mounts. The other is laying in the cowl.
Against my better judgement I decided to try the wonderful POR-15 daubers to paint this area. These daubers are impossible to paint with because the wire is not rigid enough to use it any length longer than a paintbrush. I ended up slopping it around the area I intended to cover, but it did get enough paint in there to coat the bottom.
In this picture you can see where the dauber was able to get the POR-15 on the floor of the cowl but not so much on the side. Needless to say I was not happy with the result. My next idea was to duct tape a paintbrush onto a stake from one of Sara's Halloween decorations.
The rest of the cowl was much easier to paint with a normal paintbrush. Here is the passenger side of the cowl.
I decided to only do one coat of POR-15 on the cowl, followed by a touch-up coat tonight to hit any areas I missed. This cowl was rust-free and is not as exposed as the rest of the car. The last thing I did tonight was put one more coat of POR-15 on the track/Panhard bar brace.