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    great len, thanks

    great len, thanks
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    len, i ordered another gallon and didn't get a...

    len,
    i ordered another gallon and didn't get a shipping notice. i'm on a time crunch here, so can you verify it shipped?
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    what a difference! i love how good it looks when...

    what a difference! i love how good it looks when you complete a task like that. it does take time though, as you found out, but those nasty undercarriage parts can come back looking like new.
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    wow, i did a cursory search for that pad and now...

    wow, i did a cursory search for that pad and now i see there's a ton of different products that look pretty interesting. 3m cubitron sandpaper uses silicon carbide grit and i use it a lot for it's...
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    never seen those before. look like a looser...

    never seen those before. look like a looser construction so it doesn't load up? didn't see what grit it's supposed to represent. let us know how they work out.
  6. Thread: Fish Eyes

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    depends on how much clear is left on the panel....

    depends on how much clear is left on the panel. if you only did two coats there may not be much left to sand and still have the minimum film build.
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    did you pre-soak the paper before using it? you...

    did you pre-soak the paper before using it? you need to do that to soften the paper or you can get scratching like that.
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    how do you plan to use the vehicle when you're...

    how do you plan to use the vehicle when you're done? that is a 2k paint so how does it touch up if you get chips? for cars that get driven i like the zero rust paint. it doesn't need an activator and...
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    was the car block sanded after the high build? if...

    was the car block sanded after the high build? if not i think i'd block it out and then shoot it with epoxy sealer.
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    fill the fisheye before sanding. it will leave a...

    fill the fisheye before sanding. it will leave a tiny high spot you can remove with a run blocker file or other means. i like to address those nibs and whatnot first, then do my sanding.
  11. Thread: Wet DA Sander

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    how do you like that sander? it's definitely a...

    how do you like that sander? it's definitely a better sander than i remember hf selling before. i thought they only sold the old timey palm da. they have a geared version too, i wonder how well it...
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    just to add though, if i'm comfortable with a...

    just to add though, if i'm comfortable with a particular product i might use it even though it's not exactly part of a system. usually i do this on not as critical items if i want to save a few...
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    i've had jobbers that side as body/paint guys...

    i've had jobbers that side as body/paint guys that sort of "shoot from the hip" and recommend products as they say they're just as good but cheaper. those guys are such a pain in the rear when you...
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    i either use an eye dropper or a small round...

    i either use an eye dropper or a small round stick and just count the drops to get the ratio. super easy to mix a tiny amount.
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    i still have mine. an old sioux machine. i only...

    i still have mine. an old sioux machine. i only keep it as it has a solid mount on it so you can use it as a stationary machine. i have a huge buffing wheel on it, and some big flap wheels. i'd never...
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    perfect len, thanks

    perfect len, thanks
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    len, do you have tracking info you could give me...

    len, do you have tracking info you could give me on that order? you can send a pm if you have it.
  18. Thread: wet sanding

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    Honestly, if the orange peel isn't bad I'd leave...

    Honestly, if the orange peel isn't bad I'd leave it. Looking at the picture of the column it looks pretty great. If you have something else to use the rest of the clear on you can go ahead and do...
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    it changes to a more plastic look. not bad, but...

    it changes to a more plastic look. not bad, but not the same as it looks with just the spray. i seem to remember it may change the tone too. it's been a while since i researched it, but i think i...
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    looks just like the alsa kit to me. not a durable...

    looks just like the alsa kit to me. not a durable finish all by itself. you need to clearcoat it if you want it to last. and the clear alters the appearance.
  21. Thread: wet sanding

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    if it looks good i wouldn't add any more. you can...

    if it looks good i wouldn't add any more. you can put that paint in the fridge and it will keep for several more days. that will give you more time to look the finish over for defects. if there are...
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    yeah, that about the same result i got. i was...

    yeah, that about the same result i got. i was hoping the newer powders might be better. it makes a good silver color, but less than ideal if you want chrome.
    is your chrome shop pretty good? i have...
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    does anyone here have direct experience with the...

    does anyone here have direct experience with the alsa products? i remember looking into it at one time and i think you need to clear coat it to get long lasting finishes. it looks perfect like chrome...
  24. Thread: door gaps

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    len's right. one small bump and that edge will...

    len's right. one small bump and that edge will fall off. you can only use filler if the surface is wide enough to support it properly. you could try to build up the edge on the cab for instance as...
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    i looked at that engraving earlier thinking...

    i looked at that engraving earlier thinking exactly the same thing. that's pretty shallow and fine writing and my experience is that the coating will flow in there and reduce the depth and definition...
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    Looked in the store and there's three different...

    Looked in the store and there's three different listings for picklex. All with different prices. Help me get this order going when you can please, I need to get it handled asap.
    Thanks len.

    Ok,...
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    i'm really glad you took the time to post your...

    i'm really glad you took the time to post your process on this. if i can ever get back to my cars i have a candidate for this process. i need to patch up old speaker holes in some non-available...
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    that's an interesting take on the side mirrors. i...

    that's an interesting take on the side mirrors. i wouldn't have thought to go there, but i think you've done a good job of thinking it through with the slope of the mirror matching the doors and the...
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    i wish i had more to contribute here but my...

    i wish i had more to contribute here but my experience with "chrome" powder is pretty limited. i tried some a long time ago on some engine parts and has fairly happy with the results but as you might...
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    ok great. i'd like to be receiving it by thursday...

    ok great. i'd like to be receiving it by thursday or friday latest. if i order from the store is the shipping option shown or do you need to do it behind the scenes? i can enter my shipping info and...
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    Picklex shipping

    Len,
    I need a gallon of picklex in WA state. Can I get expedited shipping on it by chance?
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    this is an extremely interesting thread. the...

    this is an extremely interesting thread. the sample looked pretty respectable, i can't wait to see how a large area turns out. please keep us updated.
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    when i do that type of thing i usually weld some...

    when i do that type of thing i usually weld some tig rod to the edge of the door or whatever it is i'm working on. tig rod comes in a variety of diameters and is easy to shape. i usually use a...
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    that core support was probably spot welded. if...

    that core support was probably spot welded. if you have a mig welder you could try this kind of kit:https://www.eastwood.com/spot-weld-pliers.html
    plug welding is easy to do and works very well.
    or...
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    i gotta try the optex. it has so many attractive...

    i gotta try the optex. it has so many attractive qualities. dtm, high build, straight to paint...crazy.
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    in my experience, epoxy over polyester is fine....

    in my experience, epoxy over polyester is fine. the reverse is not as good. i like epoxy for it's excellent sealing capability very strong bond to sanded polyester. keep in mind though, my experience...
  37. Thread: next steps

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    Lately the transtar 6231. Thats the grey color I...

    Lately the transtar 6231. Thats the grey color I think. There's other shades too if you want to have darker or lighter. I've mixed them too with no issues.
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    like len says, finish with 220 grit.(or 240) i...

    like len says, finish with 220 grit.(or 240) i usually do first pass with 80 grit, switch to 180, finish with 220. be sure you leave enough filler on the first passes so there's something to remove...
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    weller makes a good quality soldering gun for...

    weller makes a good quality soldering gun for that. you can use a pencil torch too. hey phil, do you flux first before soldering or just go right to the clean metal?
  40. Thread: Need Help!

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    not seeing it in person makes it tough to...

    not seeing it in person makes it tough to diagnose, but it kind of sounds like the paint dried on it's way to the surface. and may also a factor of pressure making it bounce off the surface, sort of...
  41. Thread: next steps

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    filler contamination is a real concern for stuff...

    filler contamination is a real concern for stuff that sits in the shop for extended periods. if i'm not ready to cover it with something i'll cover the car with that thin masking plastic.
    ronf, ...
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    you'll need to check the product data sheet to...

    you'll need to check the product data sheet to see what the required film build is supposed to be. different paints have different amounts of solids, that affects the film thickness. typically for...
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    it's all about perforation. if there are actual...

    it's all about perforation. if there are actual holes in the metal then new metal is required for a long lasting repair. if you use a quality windshield shop they'll let you know the extent of the...
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    Looks like the upper center has kind of a hard...

    Looks like the upper center has kind of a hard edge? I like the edges to be pretty much transparent. I might hit it with a skim coat of glazing putty to fine tune it, or hit it with primer and block...
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    i like the cavity wax for clean metal, haven't...

    i like the cavity wax for clean metal, haven't used it over surface corrosion yet. have you?
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    nice fit up marten, it almost seems like the...

    nice fit up marten, it almost seems like the repair panel is designed for you to cut it to pieces and use only what you need, not replace the entire part. as long as the radius areas end up in the...
  47. Thread: next steps

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    i use more of a belt and braces approach. i go...

    i use more of a belt and braces approach. i go epoxy first. then a waterproof filler for the first pass, then regular filler to tweak the surface, then seal with more epoxy. i also take an enormous...
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    this is what i like for that...

    this is what i like for that
    https://www.waxoyl-usa.com/products/corrosion-protection/120-4.html
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    looks like a perfect fit, nice job. funny how...

    looks like a perfect fit, nice job. funny how those replacement pieces are never really right. is from continuing to use the stamping die after it's worn out? or are the dies just not right from the...
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    some discussion with the blaster is warranted for...

    some discussion with the blaster is warranted for sure. that's a very disappointing situation. the surface finish of the metal seems extremely rough, maybe it's just the picture but i don't think...
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