Tuesday, December 18, 2012

What Can You Do With Four Tubs, Marine Clean, Water And Prep And Ready?

Other than make a mess that is. ;) 

My order from Eastwood arrived today, which is good because I needed the supplies in order to continue working on the cowl and steering linkage. I ordered a quart of both MarineClean and Prep and Ready, a pint of black POR-15 and Eastwood's Internal Frame Coating.

Today I worked on cleaning all of the steering linkage pieces and the wiper linkage with MarineClean. They were still extremely greasy so I opted to clean them in a small tub in an effort to minimize the mess.

Once I had thoroughly scrubbed each piece, I rinsed them off with hot water in a larger tub.

This is the MarineClean tub after I cleaned the steering and wiper linkage. The picture does not do it justice. The water was black and thick like dirty oil.

Here are all of the cleaned parts. I decided I am going to put a single coat of POR-15 on the the wiper linkage just as a preventative measure.

I gathered all of the parts and placed them in another large tub. I recently reread the detailed directions for Prep and Ready and discovered that it can be reused! I wish that I had realized that earlier so that I would not have had to continue reordering it. I sprayed all of the parts down with Prep and Ready and let is soak for 15 minutes. Then I flipped the parts over and repeated the process. 

While the parts were soaking I taped plastic sandwich bags to the drain spouts on either side of the cowl. I sprayed the interior of the cowl with Prep and Ready and let is soak for 30 minutes before removing the bags and rinsing it with water. The bags were successful in reclaiming about 90% of the Prep and Ready.

When I finished rinsing the cowl I laid the steering linkage and wiper linkage out on a blue tarp and rinsed them off with water.

After I finished, I set the parts on top of a cardboard box.

This is the inside of the cowl on the driver side after I prepped it.

This is the inside of the cowl on the passenger side after I prepped it.

The last thing I did this afternoon was clean up the garage. Now there is room for Sara to park inside when she gets home.

Tomorrow I plan to paint the cowl and the steering linkage parts.

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