It was May 31 since I last touched the trailing arms. I still had to touch up the driver side one and get the passenger side arm coated.
Now I was told that the soda remains from the blasting would help protect the surfaces, but of course, I doubt the media guy mean many months of protection.
I pulled the passenger side one out of the plastic and it had started to oxidize.
I pulled out the KBS kit and cleaned up the metal with the one prep cleaner and then went at it with the Rust Blast prep product, which is essentially an etcher and will remove the surface rust.
It did a remarkable job. You basically keep the metal coated wet in this for some time and it works at eating the surface rust off, and then, oddly, you rinse it off with water.
I set it up so that the heavy duty fan would work on drying it, though I did remove some of the water that was pooling.
The KBS Rust Blast does a remarkable job eating off that surface oxidation. It leaves a white zinc prep coating as it dries (above), though you need to try to not have it get too much on.
Frankly, I just wanted to get the metal cleaned of the soda and prepped.
While it was drying in the sun and with the fan, I pulled out the driver side training arm that I’d previously worked on and touched up several areas and coated some areas that I had missed, mostly in difficult to reach places. I really need to get a small thin brush for this kind of piece to push the coating into the welded areas and to overall ensure it gets every surface.
I hung it to cure and touched up a few additional areas.
I went slower this time, trying to get the coating into the crevices.
Just as I finished one side the power died.
Not just the garage, the entire house and apparently, multiple houses and blocks.
So. With no fan to make my working outside bearable, and no real lights to see, I took it outside and tried to paint what I could and where I could.
So I know I need to redo parts of the passenger one, but tomorrow they should have cured enough that I can get a 2nd coat on the one and inspect the driver side one.