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Old 03-15-2018, 12:28 PM   #1
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Question engine bay clean up seam sealer

Hello, I'm looking to clean up the engine bay a little bit more than I already have, I going to be welding the holes shut & cutting the studs off the firewall.
I wanna know what people have done to clean up the seam sealer in the strut tower area? pics of my engine bay below

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Old 03-15-2018, 02:29 PM   #2
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I've never done it, but if it were me I'd grind off all the sealer that's already in place and put a new layer to go on top in a tidier fashion. But then you'd have to repaint of course.

I've seen someone fill in the spotweld circles with bondo, then they just went in the gaps of the panels with minimal seam sealer real stealthy like. Looked awesome.

Were you planning on getting a better coolant overflow tank? I'm not saying that in a condescending way; that coolant gets super hot and those plastic bottles are way thinner than the factory tanks, making them deform faster with heat.
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Old 03-15-2018, 04:15 PM   #3
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In the end, it's just metal. You sand off the sealer and either make your own "bead" from welds or seam sealer. But something has to go there. In the below pic I'm leaving the sealer another body shop left there as they made it look kind of nice. You could also sand it all flat like I've done in other spots.

Funny you ask this Q as there is my progress as of now...

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Old 03-17-2018, 02:11 AM   #4
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One thing I have done when cleaning up old hot rods is to remove as much of the sealer as possible. Then use painters tape to lay out lines on either side of the seam and splatter on a new bead. Come back with a spreader, IE plastic card or putty knife, and smooth it out as much as you can. With enough patience you can almost make it disappear.
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