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    There is so much information and products offered to treat surface rust or a panel with rust Pitts . I replace the panel if available but its not practical always , . All of the rattle can spray rust converters do not work IMO.
    The area will rust again right under primer and B/C coat and a couple years later , there it is again .
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    Can anyone recommend a process ?
    Ex: 1951 Ford F100 Roof
    The roof is pretty solid but has lots of tiny pits after sand blasting and grinding to bare metal .

    Thank you for your help

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    If sandblasted, the pits should be clean. If they are not, either spot blast them again or you can use a dremel tool and grind each one out until the rust is gone. Yeah, it's a pain in the butt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Throwingdeer View Post
    There is so much information and products offered to treat surface rust or a panel with rust Pitts . I replace the panel if available but its not practical always , . All of the rattle can spray rust converters do not work IMO.
    The area will rust again right under primer and B/C coat and a couple years later , there it is again .
    Question
    Can anyone recommend a process ?
    Ex: 1951 Ford F100 Roof
    The roof is pretty solid but has lots of tiny pits after sand blasting and grinding to bare metal .

    Thank you for your help
    The best method is to remove the rust using a spot blaster but on a large piece of sheet metal like that roof you need to be careful not to warp the metal. You can also remove the paint and primer using a sander then treat the metal with something like Picklex 20 before priming and painting.

    If the pits need filling you can use a thin coat of body filler or a spray-on filler primer then block sand.

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    [QUOTE=Len;365667]The best method is to remove the rust using a spot blaster but on a large piece of sheet metal like that roof you need to be careful not to warp the metal. You can also remove the paint and primer using a sander then treat the metal with something like Picklex 20 before priming and painting.

    I am going to order the PICKLER 20 and try it on my F100 .

    Thank you

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    [QUOTE=Throwingdeer;365681]
    Quote Originally Posted by Len View Post
    The best method is to remove the rust using a spot blaster but on a large piece of sheet metal like that roof you need to be careful not to warp the metal. You can also remove the paint and primer using a sander then treat the metal with something like Picklex 20 before priming and painting.

    I am going to order the PICKLER 20 and try it on my F100 .

    Thank you
    Let me know when you get the Picklex so that I can tell you my method of using it.

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    I am encountering this issue (pits on roof) yet again. I haven't been satisfied with my spot blaster as it leaves a little high spot. Maybe I am being too aggressive with it. I have used various products like Picklex, Rust Mort, etc. The thing that bothers me about those is when used on the roof, it is bound to get in the drip rail and under the roof skin where it can't be wiped out with a damp towel. I don't like to rinse with the hose or spray bottle because there is usually a lot of other bare metal that I don't want to get wet.

    I am thinking about taking the surface to bare metal with the DA, maybe a little wire wheel in the pits, then treating the area with pits with POR15 or Zero Rust. When fully cured, DA again, which would leave the POR15 or ZR just in the pits. This car is getting a vinyl roof so I wouldn't even worry about filler. I would just epoxy over the whole roof and call it good. Has anyone tried this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MT99 View Post
    I am encountering this issue (pits on roof) yet again. I haven't been satisfied with my spot blaster as it leaves a little high spot. Maybe I am being too aggressive with it. I have used various products like Picklex, Rust Mort, etc. The thing that bothers me about those is when used on the roof, it is bound to get in the drip rail and under the roof skin where it can't be wiped out with a damp towel. I don't like to rinse with the hose or spray bottle because there is usually a lot of other bare metal that I don't want to get wet.

    I am thinking about taking the surface to bare metal with the DA, maybe a little wire wheel in the pits, then treating the area with pits with POR15 or Zero Rust. When fully cured, DA again, which would leave the POR15 or ZR just in the pits. This car is getting a vinyl roof so I wouldn't even worry about filler. I would just epoxy over the whole roof and call it good. Has anyone tried this?
    POR15 dries to a very hard, SLICK coating and paint will not stick to it after cured...you'll have to scuff the crap out of it yet again down inside those pits and POR doesn't scuff nicely.

    Be careful with the wire wheel. The reason you are getting a high spot with the little blaster is likely because yes, you are hitting it too hard too fast and it is warping the metal. The wire wheel can quickly heat things up as well due to the friction...and you will likely be "forcing" it in the low spots to get everything.

    You'll get there. You migth try the picklex type products with one of the little toothbrush sized wire brushes and just work at it. I'd find one with the brass bristles and give that a shot..

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