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    Painting Chassis

    Hi There,

    I have my sumo chassis which is galvanized and I am thinking of painting some parts eg. the engine bay to give a better appearance.Has anybody done this or is it usually left as supplied.
    I wonder how long it will stay shiney.Any thoughts?
    Also I have my SD1 gearbox and the remote extention is not in a straight line with the main part.The bolt on the drivers side of the flange where it bolts to the main box is done up a lot more!
    Is it supposed to be like that ,it does"nt look right!!!!
    Any advice would be great

    cheers
    Steve
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    Re: Painting Chassis

    Hi Steve,
    If you are painting galvanised steel you will need either a suitable etching primer, or a single specialist coating, otherwise the paint will flake off in time.

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    Re: Painting Chassis

    Hi Steve seen a couple of Sumo's and have to say yes the Galvanising does go dull quite quickly and I think it would look better painted but as AK Rich says you need to use a specialist paint or a good etch primer for good long lasting results.

    Good luck
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    Re: Painting Chassis

    What is the point of having galvanising then painting it, just clean it.
    Mike
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    Re: Painting Chassis

    Mike Wat's the point of getting a good gel coat finish and then painting it

    IT LOOKS GOOD
    Martin

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    Re: Painting Chassis

    Cheers for the repliesThanks for the advice I was aware of the need for special primer.I just wondered if it would look better and last longer(not go dull) being painted.The galvanising looks good when it"s new.I was also thinking of putting stainless or alloy sheet on the two sides of the vertical bulkhead.These areas are quite distorted due to the galvanizing.What do you think?

    cheers
    Steve
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    Hopefully better luck 2nd time round!!!!!!
    Or now the 4th time round......!!

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    Re: Painting Chassis

    Because my gel-coat was crap, I ordered the blue gel as an extra thinking it would be as good as the Sumo.

    Ok, I know Ken's mould was coming to the end off its life and he has now got a new one, but I didn't fancy spending weeks getting it to look 100%
    Mike
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    Re: Painting Chassis

    Quote Originally Posted by MrFawlty
    Cheers for the repliesThanks for the advice I was aware of the need for special primer.I just wondered if it would look better and last longer(not go dull) being painted.The galvanising looks good when it"s new.I was also thinking of putting stainless or alloy sheet on the two sides of the vertical bulkhead.These areas are quite distorted due to the galvanizing.What do you think?

    cheers
    Steve
    Sounds a better idea putting down the sides and on the top. :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
    Mike
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    Re: Painting Chassis

    Cheers mike

    I"ll have to source some sheet soon as it would need to be the first thing on,but it was the other parts of the engine bay area I was thinking of painting as well

    cheers
    steve
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    Or now the 4th time round......!!

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    Re: Painting Chassis

    Steve

    To be honest it will be easier cleaning it every few months than painting it.

    I had a Sumo before the AK, before I sold it, I had it on the road for 2 yrs and 6000 miles and it still looked good under the bonnet. :thumb: :thumb:
    Mike
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