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    I recently had reason to enquire on one of the few operators who offer dipping of car bodies and panels to remove paint and rust. I was quoted $2000 for the body and $200 for each hang-on panel. Jeez, no wonder that there are few of these businesses around. If professional restorers are copping this sort of cost and passing it on to their customers then they all have merde for brains. I could buy a truckload of stripping disks for way less than $2000. Anyone have any experience of these operators?
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    I think you'll find prices vary a bit from place to place so this may be on the high side.
    However it makes sense for professional restorers to use this service for two reasons. The first is that dipping gets in to places that other methods just can't and secondly it cuts down the time to strip a body by hand. With labour being a major expense in a professional resto surely this is a service worth considering.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Ch View Post
    I think you'll find prices vary a bit from place to place so this may be on the high side.
    However it makes sense for professional restorers to use this service for two reasons. The first is that dipping gets in to places that other methods just can't and secondly it cuts down the time to strip a body by hand. With labour being a major expense in a professional resto surely this is a service worth considering.....
    Also when you look at how much some people spend on a resto, $2k is nothing to worry about.

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    I recently made enquiries regarding bead blasting (for the delicate outside panels like doors and guards) and garnet blasting (for under carriage area etc) and for a whole car (R8) was quoted $1200. This guy specializes in vehicle restorations and I have seen the work and does not buckle panels. Still it cannot get to the inside of the sills, but I had a car dipped many years ago and it never stopped seeping even after 5 years!
    But even blasting, I have been told by others who have done it that it can be separately treated by inserting a tube in the sill and spraying rust neutralizer and it will be right. Considering most of the older cars being restored will hardly see the rain, it will no doubt out last most of us.
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    I have no recent experience of dipping prices , but can say prices 5 years ago were much less. My first dipping project , a 220 Ponton Benz , was done 15 years ago for $900. At that time price for the complete car would have been a little higher , but I only wanted the bottom of the shell , below window level done. The Benz had a fabric strip in the roof panel mounting which would have been destroyed by the dipping. So , 1st advice is to check whether the manufacturer of your car used any fabric panel separation pieces - the dipping will destroy them . Also , the dipper advised me to drill drain holes in any box sections to drain all the gunk out after the dip. These drain holes were later used to spray cavity wax into the box sections. The dipping process is the Rolls Royce of panel preparations , compared to blasting , stripping by hand etc and if done properley with the cavity wax treatment , will be a once in a lifetime job on any restoration. One other point to consider is that you must use plenty of seam sealant in the painting process to replicate the original manufacturers processes. The dipping removes all the built in seam sealant. Hopefully an original workshop manual for your car will describe where the seams were sealed. My last job , a 403 was done about 5 years ago for $1000. , again predrilled drain holes , cavity wax , seam sealant and it will last for ever - hopefully !

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    Had the exterior and engine bay of my Vedette soda-blasted and with a cost of less than $800 I was more than happy with the results. Soda-blasting brings it back to bare metal and the only thing it doesn't do is get rid of rust.

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    hi angelo,

    did you end up getting the blasting done? if so, would you recommend them?

    thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by ali_w View Post
    hi angelo,

    did you end up getting the blasting done? if so, would you recommend them?

    thanks
    ali
    I have used had Colorex in Huntingdale to do some caustic bath stripping.

    They are well priced and pressure wash and can phosphate treat after dipping.

    Pick up the panels and paint quickly other rust starts...


    http://www.truelocal.com.au/business...td/huntingdale

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    Hi Ali,
    Not yet as he is booked most of the time, so am waiting for a gap to get in.
    I have seen his work and it is very good. He specialises in blasting of cars for restoration, not just a commercial blaster, so is gentle and uses bead when he is worried about panel bucking. The down side of bead blasting as opposed to garnet blasting is that it does not get rid of the rust, so you will need to treat with rust neutraliser (Deoxidine).
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