Primering the engine bay

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  1. E Dog

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    Want to use epoxy primer on the firewall and inner fenders. Did the factory use enamel or lacquer? The paint store said I might have to put something down UNDER the primer to make it compatible. Help me out guys lol
     
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    if this helps i just used rattle can enamel, im not finished yet, this was just one can but here is before and after.

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    Take everything down to bare metal and shoot it with epoxy....have no idea what they are talking about that something has to be under the primer. Epoxy is a sealer....shoot it then top coat and you'll be fine. My firewall and inner fenders were taken down to bare metal. I shot them in Trans Star epoxy primer. I'll shoot a single stage black on all of it after a scotch pad scuff them when I'm ready.
     
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    you could just leave those areas in epoxy primer and it would be fine.
     
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    Sanding everything down to bare metal, with all those creases and nooks on the radiator support is not something I want to do. I just want to scuff the paint that's already there and lay down epoxy primer on top of it, but I want to make sure it's compatible with the paint that is there from the factory.
     
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    What's the end game intent? Just looks?

    I just did mine...just scuff'd it up and spray engine temp enamel over it. No reason to go to such great lengths and spend $$$ on expensive primers and paint unless this is a restoration.
     
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    Well beings that I just spent 80 hours smoothing the firewall I want it to look as nice as possible
     
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    My car is apart and I had the rad support, inner fenders, and fenders professionally blasted.....I took a wire wheel to the firewall and cleaned it up as best as I could. I didn't get down to bare metal on the firewall. Then shot it all in epoxy. I didn't have any reaction on the firewall. I supposed you could shoot over a scuff, but I would read and follow the guidelines from manufacturer.
     
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    They may have been talking about Barcoat to stop reactions of the paint under
     
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    If they are telling you to put something down before the epoxy, you may want to find another paint store.
     

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