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Re: welding and grinding sheetmetal

To: Brendan Cawley <>
Subject: Re: welding and grinding sheetmetal
From: John Nelson <>
Date: Sat, 25 Jan 1997 08:12:04 -0800
Brendan Cawley wrote:
> David F. Darby wrote:
> > I was able to completely strip the old paint and surface rust from an MGA
> > front wheel well and inner fender in just a couple of hours. I can't
> > believe I wasted so much time with the drill/brush business.
> >
> Hi David,
> I was thinking of using a similar approach to stripping paint from my
> '67 Mini. I was afraid that the wire brush method as you ysed may be too
> severe on the metal. ie will it score the metal? Will it be smooth
> enough for re-painting? What was your experience?
> Brendan Cawley.
> Ireland.

Hi Brendan,

I used a Dewalt 4.5 angle grinder with a knotted wire wheel to remove
all the paint (top, bottom, inside and out) on my Sprite. Although using
a wire wheel may sound severe, in reality it is very controllable.  With
a little practice you can control how many layer of paint you take off.
On most of my car, I took off all the paint layers down to the original

John Nelson
1964 A-H Sprite MK III            
"The nice thing about a British car is, 
 you don't need them, they need YOU."

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