Hola, Jesus, and thank you for your reply.
I would love to see pictures of your suspension parts. Although I have
restored 2 MGB's, this is my first attempt at a TD.
On Mon, 26 Jan 2004 09:47:22 +0100 "=?iso-8859-1?Q?Jes=FAs_V._Benajes?="
> Hi Bill,
> Welcome to the fold of T restorers...
> I am also immersed in the process of restoring a 53 TD. One and a
> half years
> ago I started with minor touch-ups in a daily driver with very good
> cosmetics, and I am still involved in what became practically a
> I posted the same question on painting the chassis in the MG
> enthusiasts BBS
> (you must register there - it's free - and you can access to the
> with plenty o invaluable information) and also asked some friends
> here I
> Spain who restore classic cars.
> After all the useful inputs I got, I would conclude that practically
> types of advertised paints would be ok. The decision would depend
> questions like: the condition of the surface (rusted or
> sand-blasted), your
> preferred final look (gloss, satin, matt, etc.), the availability
> of the
> paints (no problem there in the US, I suppose), if you are going to
> spray or
> to use a brush and roller, how you will retouch the scratches you
> surely make in the assembling, etc. Sprayed two-pack paints give
> generally a
> very nice finish and they use to be hard, but also brittle, and
> prone to
> chips. The recommendation of a Jaguar restorer was to use some kind
> of plain
> synthetic (even oil-based) paint, which is very tough and resistant
> to small
> stones hitting the chassis. It can be easily retouched with brush
> roller, too. I applied this method to my chassis.
> With respect to suspension parts, I painted them before assembling.
> I only
> left bare metal in the surfaces that will have some critical
> coupling or
> relative motion. For small parts it is very practical to use
> rattle-cans, or
> again a brush and/or a roller.
> If you want, I can send to you some pictures of my painted front and
> suspension parts (still not assembled). Really, I have been taken
> of pictures of the restoring process, so if you need some graphic
> details of
> something, do not hesitate in asking me.
> Regards and goods luck.
> Jesus Benajes
> Valencia, Spain
> '53 TD
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> Enviado el: sabado, 24 de enero de 2004 16:24
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> Asunto: Frame and suspension part painting
> Hello list. I am starting my '53 TD restoration from the ground up.
> preparation of that frame and refurbishing the front and rear
> Do any of you have recommendation about the best paints for frame
> suspension parts? I have an un molested and relatively rust free
> and want to keep it that way. Can the same material be used to paint
> suspension parts? I assume that it would be a good idea to paint
> suspension parts before installing new seals and bushings(?). Does
> have strong feelings about regular bushings vs. poly urethane?
> Thanks for you input and for your comments and suggestions about
> floor parts.
> Bill Snyder
> Waynesville, NC
> '53 TD (in boxes)
W. T. Snyder, II
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