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Username Post: What is the best reason for removing lead?        (Topic#349576)
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02-09-18 02:15 PM - Post#2723892    

I am working on a '38 coupe, that obviously has lead in all the seams. The lead appears to be in great shape, no cracking or any other issues. If I sand it lightly, just to get a look at what is below the skin, it looks like someone just leaded it. So I am wondering why remove this lead? As opposed to leaving it in?


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02-09-18 04:36 PM - Post#2723902    
    In response to blue_63

I removed all the lead on my 57.
The reason is that I didn't know what was under it after all the years.
I found rust,not bad,but it was there.
I welded all the seams solid and epoxy primed them.
These are all spot welded seams and moisture can and did get in from the back side.
Probably not the best reason,but it's what I think was best for my car.

"You gonna leave it like that?

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02-11-18 10:31 AM - Post#2724041    
    In response to blue_63

Mike makes a good point in the above post. Another reason is that over time, lead can react to finishes that are applied over it evidenced in the photo below of a 1938 Buick. I'm not saying that lead will absolutely react with modern finishes but I would say that the possibility does exist. When I re-shot my '51 Business Coupe, I took them all out and refilled with modern plastic fillers.

1951 Fleetline
'51 Fleetline DeLuxe 2 DOOR SEDAN (Fathom Green)
'51 Styleline Special BUSINESS COUPE (Shadow Gray)
'53 6500 Dump Bed (Oxidized Red)
'50 Styleline DeLuxe 4 DOOR SEDAN (Mist Green)


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