The magazine is looking better than ever. You have a style to the mags you edit that makes us feel like you're right there with us in our shops, bending wrenches beside us. A fine example is your recent article "I-Beam to IFS." Any chance that '57 Chevy will be running in time to tow your camper up to Bonneville this year? You could do a huge article on "The Trucks of Speed Week." Don't let another year go by without being a part of it. The only sad part about your first visit is thinking of all the years you missed.

I was wondering what product you use to kill rust in hard-to-reach places? Like behind your boxing plates or, in my case, behind the patch panels I welded in to shave my door handles. I can't get a grinder up there to clean up the weld area. I was thinking of spraying the area with "Rust Seal," because I wouldn't have to paint it unlike the "Rust Mort" that I'm using where I'll be painting. Or how about behind the sheetmetal I used to round the corner of my door? That's bare metal in there. I haven't found a "Weld-Thru" primer I like yet.

Thanks again for a great mag. I'm really glad I renewed my subscription. And by the way, Rob's doing terrific with Rod & Custom; I renewed that one too. See ya on the Salt Flats!
Chris W.
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It's always good to hear from you! I will make it to the Salt Flats one of these days, but I've got quite a lot of work ahead of me where the '57 is concerned!

Regarding your battle against rust ... I've always had great success using rust treatment products from the Eastwood Company. For boxing plates I usually complete my installation and then drill a small hole in the frame as close to opposite of the plates as possible. I then use an aerosol can of Eastwood Heavy-Duty Anti-Rust (PN 16031Z) equipped with a nozzle and extension tube pirated from an old WD-40 can. I insert the tube into the holes and spray the Anti-Rust liberally. The HD Anti-Rust covers the exposed backside of the joint and flows into the crevices setting up into a flexible watertight coating.

Up inside doors and similar areas I sometimes use the same Heavy-Duty Anti-Rust or Eastwood Rust Encapsulator (PN 16060Z) aerosol. The good thing about the Encapsulator is that it can be painted over if need be. The only weld-through primer I've ever had good luck with is an Eastwood product as well. Copper Weld-Through Primer stands up to the welding heat, and its copper enrichment helps to dispel heat too.

Hope this helps; so far this is what's worked well for me! -RIZ