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Hey all,

Thanks to vamustang, I have some great 69 buckets to install. I wanted to pull their tracks, clean them up, and reinstall them.

Just wanted more experienced people's thoughts on rattle canning them vs. powder coating vs. hardened chassis black at a local car shop....

How does rattle can hold up in this application?

Thanks....
 

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I've had my seats out (buckets and rear) on various occasions. Doing over the years a lot of DIY projects, not organized big $ resto.

Buckets. Removed and modified tracks to get greater rear travel. Cleaned up and rattle can painted.

Remove to put 69 seat backs on with head rests and repair seat cushion inserts.

Remove buckets and install new carpet.

Removed driver bucket to work under dash.

Couple points: First interior parts aren't subject to weather conditions, hopefully don't even get wet. Second no one sees seat tracks. Last I rattle can painted the tracks about 25 years ago when I modified for more travel. When I removed driver seat last summer to work under the dash the tracks looked like as I recall they did 25 years ago when I cheap rattle can painted them.

IMO (I'm soft spoken as you can see...LOL) get them powder coated if it makes youi feel good!
 

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The trick is proper cleaning. Once you have them clean enough, inside and out, rattle can will do a fine job. Powder coat is overkill.
 

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Wow I'd never have even thought of anything else BUT a rattle can for that. It's completely out of the weather, hidden under a seat. A coat of paint over a clean part will last forever.
 

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Rustoleum semi flat. Part # 7777. Put it on thick - several coats just to the point of runs. Allow 24 hours to dry.
 

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When I had the original seats in my 68 I wire brushed them as much as I could and then shot them with "Tremclad" spray bombs which is somewhat like Rustoleum.
As stated earlier it should last as long as you own the car.
Most upscale restoration shops sand blast and use a high grade enamel. From what I've seen I think O/E seat frames are dipped.
 

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Would you guys start with the grey or red primer?
 

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Thanks kechke, anyone else have an opinion on what type of primer or if primer is needed? Thanks.
 

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Chrome plating FTW!! :biggrin:
 

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I'ld be against powder coating. It is relative thick and the powder coater would have to mask the areas where the bearings ride otherwise the bearings would not roll easily or tracks slide without much drag. Just my $.02.
 

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Mike, they look damned good. Did you buy new springs? This seat was missing the biggest of the three springs... The others feel good, just light rust....
 
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