Spraying primer is more fun than media blasting

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I’ve been working on cleaning up the MGB GT engine compartment with glass media blasting, a brass wire grinding wheel and lots of sandpaper. It’s a long process and will take a few days. As I’m getting areas clean I’m priming them before flash rust can settle in. To make myself happy I’m putting a few photos of the filthy MGB GT engine bay in first. Now I know why I started this project!

Filthy 1967 MGB GT engine compartment
Filthy 1967 MGB GT engine compartment
Filthy MGB GT engine compartment
Filthy MGB GT engine compartment

Looks pretty ugly! I’m spraying the engine compartment with self etching primer initially. This goes on very thin and apparently seals the steel really well. Paint companies being very smart make the primers different colours so you know where you are with the coats. This Rust-Oleum self etching primer has a green tint. Everything looks so clean.

Etching primer in the MGB GT engine compartment
Etching primer in the MGB GT engine compartment

Below I have sprayed the area with Rust-Oleum filler primer which goes on fairly heavy. It’s hard to see in this photo but this primer is grey. I’ll likely do one more coat of this filler primer once the whole engine compartment is cleaned. It sands beautifully and should provide a great surface for the final Sandy Beige paint.

Filler primer in the MGB GT engine compartment
Filler primer in the MGB GT engine compartment

Hopefully today I’ll have this area completed and will be working on the disgusting transmission tunnel, not a job I’m looking forward to!

MGB GT transmission tunnel
MGB GT transmission tunnel

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