Guest Bredlo Posted October 16, 2013 Share Posted October 16, 2013 Hey all,Hoping someone will have advice on saving the original factory paint on our '53 Chrysler.. and more specifically, the steel underneath. Doors open and close solidly, interior is perfect, engine runs strong... but 60 years as a funeral home floral vehicle in upstate New York has taken its toll on the undercarriage, wheel wells, and the inside of the tailgate is filled with leaves and water every time it rains from lack of weatherstripping.I love its weathered, semi-survivor exterior; it looks great from 10 feet away, but the belt buckle scratches on the front fender and hazy swirls make it usable, something you don't need to be afraid of. I am afraid, however, of the backsides of these body panels: particularly the insides of the doors, tail gate, and especially fenders where it looks like rust is coming off in giant flakes.Has anybody here ever tried to stop further deterioration with a rust encapsulation product (i.e. Por-15) applied to the insides of rusty panels? We're upgrading the engine / trans / brakes / electrical to use the wagon as a long-distance tow vehicle and daily driver. It will be sitting on a donor frame (of the same model) in far better shape for improved strength, so that's not a concern. Obviously I'd like to prolong this car's lifespan... and I'm hoping if I get inside all these areas, that there's a solution that doesn't require stripping the whole thing bare. Grateful for advice. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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