Go Back   The Ford Barn > General Discussion > Early V8 (1932-53)

Sponsored Links (Register now to hide all advertisements)

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-01-2016, 06:22 PM   #1
Brian
Senior Member
 
Brian's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Masterton, New Zealand
Posts: 2,833
Default old school paint

I first rebuilt my car in the 70's. Parts weren't as easily available as nowadays in the Internet era. We fixed what we had. Back then, the little triangular gussets under the tailites [35 Ford] were impossible to find. The ones I removed were rusty as...perforated, you could see through them. If I had've sandblasted them they would have disappeared!. I cleaned them up with a rotary wire brush best I could and painted them with copious layers of "Seakrome" primer, a red lead rich paint subsequently banned because it's so toxic! These little panels fit up under the rear guards and by virtue of their location, collect all manner of crap, holding it in place betwix the fender and themselves. A true rust trap if ever there was one.
I have done probably a gazillion miles in this old car, in all weather. Currently refreshing it, man it needs it! Anyway.... I've just refitted the rear guards, etc, including those same little panels. Didn't even paint them; merely used some water to wash the dirt off. They are still in the same condition as 40 plus years ago. Got me thinking....that old paint was outlawed because it contained red lead. This modern stuff contains Cyanide, far more toxic than lead, [which is a naturally occurring element], and I'll bet it would not have the same durability.
__________________
Unfortunately, two half wits don't make a whole wit!
Brian is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2016, 07:25 PM   #2
GB SISSON
Senior Member
 
GB SISSON's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Orcas Island Washington
Posts: 2,609
Default Re: old school paint

Back in the late '60s a neighbor gave me a 5 gallon pail of red lead. I used it on stuff for almost ten years. It was an excellent product. It's fine if you don't eat it, and we didn't need to wear a hazmat suit while brushing it onto some rust patch.
__________________
'47 1/2 ton pickup next project, '47 one ton panel 99% stock nearing completion, '47 2 ton with 8ba and 9' script stakebed, '46 1/2 ton woodie project,'59 F350 9' flareside pickup with cummins 6at. 'Rusty ol' floorboards, hot on their feet' (Alan Jackson)
GB SISSON is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links (Register now to hide all advertisements)
Old 12-02-2016, 07:51 PM   #3
Brian
Senior Member
 
Brian's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Masterton, New Zealand
Posts: 2,833
Default Re: old school paint

Sponsored Links (Register now to hide all advertisements)
Exactly, but now it's outlawed. Lead is a dirty word. But cyanide isn't??
__________________
Unfortunately, two half wits don't make a whole wit!
Brian is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Sponsored Links (Register now to hide all advertisements)


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:01 AM.