Radiator and fan assembly

Over the last weeks I have been quite busy with the dismantling and cleaning of parts I want to re-use. One of the things I finished is the radiator and the fan. After disassembly I spent a lot of time cleaning the radiator. I first simply washed it, then used compressed air from the back to blow out most road dirt and debris.

Although I thought I got most out, each time I handled the radiator more little pieces of gravel kept coming out of it. I spent a few hours to dislodge the larger parts with a toothpick, used compressed air again, and concluded that more was still coming. I repeated the process several times and then called it clean.

I degreased the whole thing with industrial degreaser and then put on a coat of 2k wash primer followed by a number of coats of 2 component high gloss black paint.

The fan assembly I just thoroughly cleaned and used Valma Plastishine to make it look like new. See below for the end result after putting the thermostat back in and  refitting the fan.

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With regard to spray painting it is good to know that 2 component paint is now available in rattle cans in any RAL or car color from Spraymax. They use a clever system where you mix the components in the can just before painting. After mixing the shelf life is very limited, according to Spraymax just 8 hours. If you put the mixed can in the fridge it is safe to say you can double that. See below for a picture how these cans work.

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