Anyone using sealer on unsanded e coat OEM or aftermarket parts?if so would like any input
I’ve seen products that claim they can do this but I would not feel comfortable doing it.
For the time it takes to buzz a new panel over and scotchbrite around the edges it’s not worth the risk in my opinion.
I do this all the time cutting in new parts with standox and axalta sealers. Standox guarantees this as long as you clean the panels with their antistatic cleaner and a scotchbrite pad. Sounds like scuffing but it doesn’t leave any sand scratches to speak of. They just want the surface to be really clean. I have done this on the outside of parts on ocassion but not much because the e coat is hardly ever blemish free or smooth enough . I usually dont use a suff pad when doing this on jambs. The only thing I’ve found is the sealer doesn’t always adhere to factory seam sealer like around hoods and doors so I always scuff the seam sealer with a red pad. I know all of this may draw criticism from some folks but it has worked fine for me for many years. :cheer:
Yeah, lots of opinions on this. Like Diambert, I Prepsol with grey Scotch, wipe off and then wipe down with an alcohol cleaner. Approved by Axalta for Cromax products that we use and never had any problem with it as a method.
Diambert are you also doing it on aftermarket parts?
[quote=”cdykstra81″ post=36476]Diambert are you also doing it on aftermarket parts?[/quote]
Yes. It may not be recomended as far as axalta but I have never had a problem with capa certified parts which is all we use. Not sure if I woud try this on the cheap (quality) parts.
Make sure you are dealing with e-coat.
Wipe a small area with paint thinner. If it wipes off it is not e-coat and needs to be scuff sanded or removed before top coating.
I believe most paint companies recommend removal.
Usually it is the low end aftermarket parts that are not e-coated.
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