Masking Off The Firewall

posted Feb 6, 2015, 8:11 PM by Jonathan Imberi
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:

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Here are a couple pictures after I touched up the spots:

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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. 

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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.

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Once the area was dry I masked it off.

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Ready for the undercoating:

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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.

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Looks nice, doesn't it?

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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.