Painting the firewall and cowl
My starting point was here.
I had painted the accessible parts of the passenger side of the firewall during
A/C swap in 2005,
but the rest of the firewall didn't look so hot. Painting the passenger side was
meant to protect what was under all the A/C parts as I didn't want to remove
them again, but made for odd looks under the hood with only half the firewall
being painted. The cowl had some surface rust, and overspray where the
windshield area had been cut in with white paint (a mistake I paid for
First things first I sanded
and primed the passenger side of the firewall where I hadn't painted five years
ago. Silly me, I thought the paint would match after 5 years. I addition I
sanded the driver's side and applied rust converter where I thought necessary.
After the painted I though
the driver's side turned out well but there was a definite difference in shade
on the passenger side even though I feathered it in.
What to do? Repaint it when I
painted the cowl. This time I chose to go all the way over to past under the
A good sanding, a coat of rust converter where necessary, and some Dupli-Color semi-gloss complete the makeover. Below the wipers are reinstalled along with the wiper nozzles. I found out the nozzles are brass when I wire brushed them. Since I didn't know what color to go with, I left them natural.
Passenger side looks much better. Grommet from Steele Rubber Products.
Finished paint in the sun.