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nak45z

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what is the best method to cleaning the interior to bare metal.  i had a hard time cleaning my interior and not leaving it as i wanted.  so i painted over the left over damping material installed by vw.  i did most of the floor but the door panels and the back panel was a different story.  i did not want to leave marks or dents on the outter skin of the panels.

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nipper552003

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In doing my inside detailing, I first took out everything- seats, door panels, battery, headliner, window glass, everything.  Then I evaluated the floorpans.  I had a bad rust-through under the battery, actually a rust-through on a previous repair.  I cleaned that all out and used a baking soda paste with water to neutralize all the old acid corrosion and put in a replacement pan.  All my floorpans were nearly virgin, so I left them, including the old tarboard sound insulation.  I only replaced the driver's front insulation, which had soaked up many years of leaking brake fluid from a faulty master cylinder seal (and stunk like h**l).  Then I used an assortment of wire brushes, including hand brushes, cup brushes on my hand drill, and (most dangerous) a wire cup brush and a wire disc brush on my hand-held grinder (about 35.00 at Wal-Mart) with the guard removed to clean everything up.  Danger Alert!  Using your hand-held high-speed grinder without a guard is not to be taken lightly!!  You must wear goggles and a respirator, and be prepared to instantly lose skin down to bone if you aren't extremely careful!! (you will probably nick a knuckle or two, even if you are careful!)  The grinder is your best friend when removing loose paint, dirt, rust and corrosion, and you can clean up your car inside in just a few hours.  But you must be cautious, and this is not the part of restoration you want to be distracted, or in an altered state of consciousness.  I didn't worry about sound paint, in areas that would be covered up (like under the headliner)- just touch 'em up with the grinder to clean off old adhesive, and repaint as necessary.  I used an oil-based alkalyd enamel custom-mixed to my original paint (Ace Hardware did it for me) to cover all cleaned-up areas inside that weren't going to be sprayed... after all, they are going to be covered with headliner, carpet, etc.  I just wanted that "brand new car" smell.  I had the dash and all parts that showed sprayed with the exterior.  It turned out real nice in the end, but was a grungy nasty job while doing it!!! (see my mood in the attached picture when just starting)  Good Luck!
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nak45z

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great job on your rebuild.  i wish i would of start mine like that but my project was started by my wife's uncle who did a crappy job.  now i am just tring finished it without undoing his work.  i was so close to buying a second 71 sb to do a pan off retro-restoration, but i am leaving that one for my second project.  for my second project i have so many ideas and much more experience.  i cant wait.

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Bullyboy

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Virgin Laquer thinner will remove the old glue grunge and tar left after removing the interior. I also used scotchbrite for the tough stuff but didn't remove the paint at all. If you need to remove the tar boards, the easiest and fastest way was a heat gun and a couple metal scrapers. Basically just heat and lift and the whole panel will come out without making a mess. Then just a quick wipe with the thinner and its good as new.


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nak45z

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thanks for the input.

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jsleeper81

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I wished I new that before I did mine I set out side in my garage pulling my tar board out with a straight head screw driver scrapping for like 4 days till it finally came all out but I'm glad I did take it all of one way or another now I know what areas of the pan need replaced

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drikson

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For the panels, you can use paint stripper though it's a bit messy.
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