Not too sure what avenue to go down, The doors are completley stripped down of their components, so do I get the doors sand blasted or paint strip them? What are the pros and cons? Look forward to your comments? Many thanks. GlennR
I've done both and would say blasting is better, it provides a great key for the paint and really gets the rust out of every nook and cranny, hard to do any other way on the inside of the doors. I have a small cabinet in the garage now and use it in preference to stripping.
I had some problems with nitromors seeping into the door seams causing the paint to stay sticky for ages in some areas. If there's not too much corrosion you can probably get away with stripping, at least you can do it yourself just use a good panel prep to remove all residue though.
(i'm presuming you don't have an outside blasting outfit?)
Only thing to watch is that the blaster doesn't use too much pressure directly on the skins as it can sometimes distort the panel.
Blasting will only remove rust where the jet stream can play directly on the panel. It will not remove it from the critical corner areas on the inside of the doors. Also you will get some of the blasting medium jammed between small gaps and seams. Depending on the medium used, this may cause problems in the future. It will also not remove very deeply pitted rust, you would have to use a chemical for that, or use some sort of rust converter, or better still, both.
In an ideal world the best way would be to remove the door skins, blast, re paint the seam areas, and them re assemble the skins. This is what I am going to do, as I feel that in the long term it will be worth it. Unfortunately, I have to get the main shell sorted first.......groan.
As with everything, you have to juggle what you really want to do, with what can actually do, and the desire to get the job done and the car back on the road.
I sometimes wish I had taken up stamp collecting instead !