Prepping My Day Away

posted Nov 20, 2012, 7:52 PM by Jonathan Imberi
My goal for today was to get the rear end, rear bumper, the back of the car, springs and the bracket for the brake pedal prepped for paint. The warm weather yesterday made it easy to clean these parts outside. That was not the case today, however. The temperature was about the same as yesterday, but it was much windier. I had to set up three tarps in the garage so I could prep the parts. This is less than ideal as it makes it very messy to move around. I only have four pictures for this post because I've heard water and cell phone don't mix.

The bumper, springs and brake pedal bracket were cleaned yesterday so all I needed to do today was prep them. The rear end had to be cleaned again with Marine Clean after the thorough wire brushing Sara's dad and I gave it last night. After I got the rear end cleaned off, I moved the rest of the parts onto the tarp for prepping. I kept everything wet with Prep and Ready for thirty minutes.


The back of the car had not been cleaned with Marine Clean, so I started by taping up all of the holes for the tail lights. Then I sprayed on Marine Clean and scrubbed away with a brush. After brushing I hit it with Marine Clean again, and while this was soaking I needed to figure out a way to rinse the parts off. There was too much liquid on the tarps already. I knew I would not be able to rinse the parts off without water running all over the garage. I opened the garage door, prepared for the same gust of wind that met me this morning, but the wind had died down and I was able to haul the parts outside to the driveway to rinse them off. I took the tarps out, dumped them off and shook them before bringing them back into the garage. I also used this time to sweep the excess water off the garage floor.  


Once the parts and garage floor had dried, I moved everything back inside and rinsed off the back of the car. Then I applied Prep and Ready to the back of the car and kept it wet for thirty minutes before rinsing it with water.

Here are pictures of the parts and back of the car after being prepped.