|Bubbling Paint on Rover 800 Wheel Arches.|
Car: 1999 Rover 800 820 Auto Fastback
Colour: Charcoal Grey / Black
As with this Rover 800 and all our other Rover 800's the first place to be attacked by the rust bug is the wheel arches. This 800 has not been too bad because whilst the car has been under our ownership the inner arches have always been keep free of any build up of dirt & muck.
Having painted up all 4 arches on two Rover 800 Zircon Silver Coupes, one of them by spraying, the other by brushing the paint on, it was decided to go for brushing the paint on again with this Rover 820. From the previous coupes, the finish had been better when we had sprayed the arches, but by brushing the paint on we could get a much thicker coat of paint and do all the arches in a far quicker time. This is mostly down to the time saved in preparation masking areas off more when using the spray method.
The bubbling paint and anywhere it could see to be spreading to, was all scraped off. As normal the Rover 800 arches themselves were not rusty or disintegrating, they just had a slight bit of surface rust.
The surface rust was left on the arches and left untreated, as once again we would be using POR15 rust preventative paint and this will get a better adhesion and coating when applied to rust than when applied to smooth metal surfaces.
We simply applied a strip of masking tape around each of the arches, as we were doing all 4 at once, before we set about painting them.
Two coats of black POR15 paint were applied followed by Rover Charcoal Grey and finally Rover Clear Lacquer. The Rover paints were from aerosol cans, and a small amount was being sprayed into the aerosol can lids as and when it was needed and then brushed on. All paint was applied using a childs paint brush / artist brush.
The masking tape was removed, some tiny (hardly noticeable) bits had stuck at the edges of the paint, this was removed a few weeks later, once the paints had all fully cured/hardened.
Doing all 4 wheels at once, and completing each stage of the process fully on all wheels, before doing the next stage, we managed to do the car in just two days. That was far quicker than taking a week to spray paint the arches on the silver coupe which can be seen elsewhere in this site.
We also applied some Car Underbody Seal/Waxoil paint to the inside of the rear arches. We did not apply any on the front inner arches this time as we had left the plastic wheel arch linings in place. (on previous coupes, there was no surface rust on the inside of the front or rear arches anyway, even though we did treat them).
Hopefully it will be quite a few more years before this car ever needs them doing again.
Rover 800 Wheel Arches beginning to Bubble up and Rust!
Wheel Removed for Easier Access and a Better Look.
The Bubbling Paint has been Scraped off. The Metalwork is Actually Still Okay.
The Area Around the Arch Masked off Prior to Hand Painting.
1st Coat of Black POR15 Paint has been Applied.
2nd Coat of Black POR15 Paint has been Applied.
Rover Charcoal Grey followed by Rover Clear Lacquer has now been Applied. (2 coats of each).
A Short time Later the Masking Tape is Removed.
A Bit less Noticeable Once the Wheel has been put back in Place.
Finished Arches will now prevent the Bubbling Paint from Spreading out on to the Wings.