Mark Houlahan
Brand Manager, Mustang Monthly
March 3, 2014

Mustang owners are the perennial do-it-yourself types. From rebuilding their own engines to upgrading their Mustang's suspensions, the majority of Mustang owners heartily dig in to their own projects for the ultimate in satisfaction. While anyone can stroke a check, those that do their own repairs, upgrades, and restorations have a sense of accomplishment and pride that you simply can't put a price on. That being said, one area many people struggle with when it comes to DIY projects for their Mustangs is paint and body repairs. It takes a certain bit of skill to really perform paint and body work and have it look good and be repaired properly.

The Eastwood Company has been helping Mustang owners with their projects for decades. The Eastwood catalog is chock full of rust repair, paint and body tools, and detailing items including its own line of paints, coatings, and spray equipment. These products have been designed with the home enthusiast market in mind—easy to use, great coverage, and long lasting. Using Eastwood's paint and rust repair products on your Mustang restoration means getting the job done right the first time.

Rust repair is often number one on the list of vintage Mustang repairs for owners and Eastwood certainly has you covered with their various repair tools, welders, brushable and sprayable coatings, and more. One of its signature products is Rust Encapsulator, a spray-on coating that penetrates and seals rust, preventing it from spreading. Eastwood offers Rust Encapsulator in spray cans, as well as quart cans, in several colors. Eastwood has recently expanded their rust fighting products with its Internal Frame Coating. Similar to Rust Encapsulator, the Internal Frame Coating is designed to coat that hard-to-reach rust inside frame rails, torque boxes, cowl vents, and more. Internal Frame Coating can do this thanks to its 24-inch long spray tube with 360-degree spray head. Internal Frame Coating penetrates, converts, and encapsulates the rust while its Zinc Phosphate seals the surface to prevent future corrosion. Simply insert the spray nozzle into your frame or other restricted space and squeeze the trigger while pulling the spray nozzle through the area to be treated.

After tackling the rust, you'll want a good two-part epoxy primer or paint to finish off your metal surface before final prep to paint your overall color. Or sometimes you'll want a high quality two-part catalyzed epoxy paint for small jobs like painting an engine bay or inside the wheel wells without having to deal with a compressor, dragging around an air hose, and mixing up paint/solvents to use with a spray gun. Eastwood understands it is a pain to mix the paints, setup a spray gun, and so forth for ten minutes worth of painting. Their answer is the new 2K Aero-Spray epoxy spray paints. These aerosol paints are packaged in unique two-chamber spray cans that include the ceramic-fortified paint in one chamber with the activator in the other. You simply mix the two chambers right before use and you'll have a two-part epoxy paint with a durable finish ready for sanding if needed. The cans feature a spray nozzle that covers like a paint gun; Eastwood recommends using the can like a spray gun with slow, overlapping strokes.

The spray hose uses this 360-degree brass spray nozzle to ensure the Internal Frame Coating adequately covers the surface area of the passages being sprayed. Cleanup is easy with the use of something like Eastwood’s PRE; simply connect the hose to the can of PRE and spray the cleaner through the hose until flushed clear.
This image, provided by Eastwood, shows the spray pattern of the Internal Frame Coating’s spray hose tip. The 360-degree fan spray means complete coverage wherever you can fit the spray hose.
The high-quality spray valve used on the 2K Aero-Spray cans not only allows the spray’s fan pattern to be configured in a horizontal or vertical fashion, but the amount of spray can be adjusted by rotating the red top ring.
The secret to Eastwood’s 2K Aero-Spray is its “chamber within a chamber” spray can. This valve on the bottom of the can is used to mix the two separate paint components within the spray can. Once mixed, the can has a pot life of 48-hours.
Alignment jig holes in crossmembers, frame rails, and so forth are another great place to use the Internal Frame Coating. As seen in this photo, note that the coating can seep through spot welded flanges, so be prepared for product runs/drips. The coating encapsulates the rust you can’t see in these hidden areas and prevents further rust from forming.
Of course, for big jobs it’s fiscally more responsible to move up to an actual paint gun. Eastwood’s Evolution gun is a good starting point at $69.99, but it does require a shop-level compressor to keep up with air demands.
To test the 2K Aero-Spray, Merv Rego of Classic Creations of Central Florida grabbed a ’68 Mustang hood, still wearing its E-coat finish, and scuffed the surface for primer adhesion.
To activate the spray can, this valve button is removed from the spray can’s cap and installed on the valve tip on the bottom of the can after inverting the can with the spray can’s cap still in place. Once the valve is depressed, the button can be removed.
Eastwood’s new 2K Aero-Spray catalyzed epoxy and urethane paints, primers, and clears make small jobs easy without the need for a spray gun, compressor, air hose, and more. Currently Eastwood offers their 2K Aero-Spray line in black and gray primer, black and gray high-build primer, underhood black, chassis black, satin black, matte clear, and gloss clear.

When you're ready to paint your Mustang, you have to remember that there's a lot that goes into a great-looking paint job. Hours of block sanding can be ruined in minutes if you use a poor quality paint gun. Eastwood knows this, and they know that many enthusiasts want to paint their own cars. Using a paint gun that can spray primers, base, and clears with a low air volume requirement (typical of 110-volt home air compressors) is mandatory to a quality DIY paint job in a temporary spray booth situation like most enthusiasts will encounter. To that end, Eastwood has introduced its Concours paint gun that only requires 4-cfm of air at 29-psi and includes a 1.2mm spray needle along with a plastic spray cup. If you have the air capacity, Eastwood also offers its Evolution series paint gun at a lower price point. It does require 12-cfm at 43-psi. An HVLP (high volume, low pressure) spray gun like the Concours gun from Eastwood, the Evolution features a composite body, a 1.4mm tip, and a plastic paint cup.

With samples in hand we hit Classic Creations of Central Florida for a little hands-on fun. Check it out.

After depressing the internal valve and shaking the paint can per the instruction label, Merv donned a respirator and went to town on the Mustang hood. As you can see by the overlapping pattern, the coverage is quite good.
While a little hard to see in this photo, take it from us, the 2K Aero-Spray high-build gray primer we sampled looked like it had been sprayed out of a paint gun with all the perfect settings.
Of course, for big jobs it’s fiscally more responsible to move up to an actual paint gun. Eastwood’s Evolution gun is a good starting point at $69.99, but it does require a shop-level compressor to keep up with air demands.
The Evolution spray gun features a composite body with all of the “pro” adjustments you’ll need for air flow, paint flow, and more. While extremely light, we did feel the Evolution was a bit of a stretch for our short, sausage-like fingers.
Holding the Concours, you can certainly feel the extra weight in the aluminum construction. However, the Concours gun did pass our stubby finger test and seemed more comfortable in our hands too.
The Concours paint gun comes with a 1.2-mm needle, nozzle, and cap, which is perfect for spraying base/clear type of paints, both in water or solvent-based.
The Evolution comes standard with a 1.4-mm needle, nozzle, and cap, but Eastwood offers additional needle kits in 1.2-, 1.7-, and 2.0-mm sizes so that you can spray everything from base to clear, metallic, and even filler primers and coatings like bed-liner.
The Concours gun also has aluminum paint cups available as an option. More or less a personal preference, some users prefer aluminum cups for easier cleaning, while others prefer the plastic cups to be able to see the available paint material remaining.
Don’t forget, whether it is two-part epoxy in a spray can for an engine bay detailing or you’re breaking out the paint gun and compressor for a complete respray, it is imperative you use the proper protective gear. Respirators, eye protection, fresh air systems (for the really toxic stuff), and paint suits are a must. Eastwood has everything you need in their catalog.
Moving up the ladder, Eastwood’s Concours paint gun features a polished aluminum body with stainless steel internals. The Concours gun retails for $159.99 (both spray guns are offered in kit form with additional needles, cups, and other accessories). The best feature of all is the air requirements—just 4-cfm of air is needed to use the Concours gun; meaning your typical home compressor will easily power this baby for all your painting needs.
Like the Evolution, the Concours gun can be fitted with different needles, nozzles, and caps to spray different materials like metallic and filler primers. Eastwood offers needle kits in 1.4-, 1.8, and 2.2-mm sizes.
Shown here are nozzles for the Concours gun in the optional tip sizes previously mentioned. You can easily see the nozzle’s center ID (where the needle resides when the gun is assembled) gets larger from left to right, which allows thicker materials to pass through.