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Old January 9th, 2016, 05:52 PM
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What do I do with the factory seam sealant in areas that are needing Por15 treatment?

What is best way to get it off?
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Old January 9th, 2016, 06:10 PM
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propane or map gas torch and a putty knife
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Old January 9th, 2016, 06:14 PM
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How about the giant zip ties and other plastic items? Just rip them out and find replacements?
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How about the giant zip ties and other plastic items? Just rip them out and find replacements?
yep- Zack can get them for you
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Thanks,

Now... what do I use to replace the seam sealer that is under the factory paint, and the black goop sealant that is around each opening?... lots of it....
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Ok this 1/2 inch thick stuff is what I'm really having trouble with right now. I have tried fire, gas, paint stripper, mineral spirits, grinder, and a chisel.

I would like to get this acid dipped, but all this has to be removed first.

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So... I know people on here have had their bulkheads stripped and dipped and galvanized. How did you all deal with this?
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I would imagine that the bead blasting prep would resolve this for you.
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Probably right. Just that I had a lot of trouble early on in trying to find people who would do blasting/dipping/galvanizing.

In fact, the two places I found that do galvanizing have refused to do it for me. So I'm looking at just an acid dip. But nearest place is almost 4 hours away... Other places in Portland say they do it, but either won't return calls, or simply can't get a hold of them.
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Unbelievable. Well, I'm doing a down and back to Napa from BC (with an empty roof rack) in a few weeks if the shops that will do the job are on my route.
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Appreciate that. I'm just brain-dead on this whole project, having a hard time trying to figure out what to do with it, and how the logistics would work. Keeping my fingers crossed on not having the Series break down too! Runs well, but that knock.......

OK, 6 hours into trying to get this gunk off. Back out to the garage! ....And another beer...
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Did you try these guys? http://www.americanmetalcleaninginc.com/
Not as fast as they claim to be but they do good work!
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Yeah, but.... they are in Ohio....
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Oregon's only acid dipping / chemical dipping metal cleaning business. We specialize in Classic Car Bodies, Hot Rods, Muscle Car Bodies, Chevy Pickup Cabs, Ford Pickup Cabs, Doors, Fenders, Hoods, Deck Lids, and more.
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Whoops! This is the link I meant to put in http://www.americanmetalcleaning.com/.

They are on Vancouver Way.
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That is the one that has responded, but they are a ways away.... I think they might be my one chance though. Looks like I might be taking Friday off work.

The place I found in Portland has no email, and they won't answer the phone.

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Whoops! This is the link I meant to put in American Metal Cleaning & Paint Stripping.

They are on Vancouver Way.
Yeah, have not been able to get in touch with them.


I'm going to try to sand blast it tomorrow in the good weather we are supposed to have. If I'm not satisfied with the finished product, I'll have to send it away.
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I'm going to sort of hijack my own thread a bit. The bulkhead will need some kind of rust treatment. It has no holes, and even the bad spots are good enough to conserve since we have no salt on our roads, and since I keep the truck clean. So this type of thing has interested me: https://ncptt.nps.gov/blog/comparati...st-converters/
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LOL.... After actually getting the bulkhead outside and lighting the sealant on fire with a propane torch... for 20 minutes... I was able to finally get it off from around where the heater box mounts to the bulkhead. It didn't look it at first, but the stuff was 4" thick up in that corner against the pillar.

Now I have to do the rest.

BIG QUESTION: In order to get this thing acid dipped, I need to be sure that there is no aluminum on it. Are any of the non-bolted items aluminum? How about the fasteners for the wings and hinges, how do I get those out?

And, although the one place in Portland does not have an email, and they have not answered their phone, I did find that they have an active Facebook page.
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I don't know what this means.......
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The output flange on the heater is 1/3 larger than the hole in the bulkhead. The trick is to open the hole in the bulkhead to increase heater output
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