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Old 02-13-2018, 04:00 PM
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Default Dimple or Prime

Hi,
Iím in the early stages of a build and always thought that you primed then dimpled, not sure where I got it from. But Iíve seen a few people doing the dimpling first followed by priming. Any views on what is right or best?
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Old 02-13-2018, 04:14 PM
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Priming was usually my last step before assembling any parts.

That being said, the parts that I primed prior to dimpling, or (gasp!) didn't prime at all, look just as good today as when I built it.

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Old 02-13-2018, 04:35 PM
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Hi Mikeandmaz,
No right answer here. I typically prime then dimple. I find that prepping/scuffing,..and deburring after dimpling is a little more difficult, and harder on scorchbrite pads. I also have a personal unproven theory that I get a full dimple if I wait until after priming. I'm using akzo, and never had any issues with primer separation.
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Old 02-13-2018, 04:50 PM
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If you scratch it up while dimpling before you prime, the scratches will come out when you prep for priming. If you scratch it while dimpling AFTER you prime, you'll have to touch it up.
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Old 02-15-2018, 02:09 AM
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Many thanks for the replies
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Old 02-15-2018, 10:37 AM
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I am priming with Sherwin Williams P60G and am priming before dimpling. if I let the primer cure 3 days before dimpling, I don't recall a scratch problem that I needed to touch up.
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Old 02-15-2018, 10:56 AM
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Prime before dimple for me. I find it very time consuming to scuff after dimpling. Seems there's always a shinny "shadow" if I dimple fist. This shadow is probably OK, but I like to see a nice uniform gray color before I wipe down and prime.

IMO if your primer won't hold up to dimpling,you may not have adequate adhesion or perhaps may want to look at a different primer.
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Old 02-15-2018, 12:07 PM
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I'm in the "Prime before dimpling" camp here. I tried both ways. When I dimpled before priming, I had a hard time scuffing my parts with scotchbrite pads over the backs of the dimples. They would eat away at my pads and I'd burn through them quickly. Also, scuffing flanges with dimples was a pain in the rear.

SO, I switched over to priming before dimpling and, to me, it was SOOO much easier. I don't go through as many scotchbrite pads, and being able to scuff without having to worry about the backs of dimples made it much less of a chore.

Then when I dimple, the dimple die helps clear out any primer that's too thick in the hole for a rivet.

It's worked out great for me.
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Old 02-15-2018, 12:45 PM
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Etch, chromate covert (Alodine) in the flat. (less wear on the abrasive pads)
Dimple.
Prime.
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Old 02-15-2018, 02:00 PM
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Iím kind of pleased the prime first camp is coming out on top, thanks again for the info.
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