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My car is currently in pieces. Completely gutted, awaiting sandblasting and body work. I plan to do all the body work, derust/paint the driveline, etc. and then put the motor back in. I want to get the car running and driveable before I finish the exterior paint. This may not seem like the best way to do things, but I need this car to be mobile as soon as possible.

My question is this:

What should I paint on the body while I'm finishing up the mechanical, cleaning driveline/suspension, and all the other not so fun parts of a restoration? Is there some kind of primer or coating I could paint on that would keep rust out but still be easy to remove when it's time to do the final painting?

Also, what's a good paint for undercarriage, driveline, and engine compartment. It doesn't need to look original, just be really tough stuff.

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matt k.
 

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I would suggest using the primer that is recommended with the finish paint you are going to use. I have always used Eastwood's chassis black on my undercarriges. It is a very easy to use, covers well and leaves a scratch resistant surface.
 
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Epoxy primer should be put over bare steel. It will protect and with some sanding later, can be top coated or primed again. I use it everywhere are all cars restorations and daily drivers. Go to a good web site www.autobodystore.com
 
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