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  1. Thread: Bumper repaint

    by JCCLARK
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    Not always, a lot of times it's just from being...

    Not always, a lot of times it's just from being bumped in a parking lot.
    I see it all the time.
    If you sand into the plastic, make sure you finish your sanding with a real fine grit like 800 or...
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    Here's a great puller I use ...

    Here's a great puller I use

    https://www.summitracing.com/parts/sht-5800?seid=srese1&gclid=Cj0KCQjwt4X8BRCPARIsABmcnOoTGyevZICtfi2qEDdGNqORfl_50oHPJo7XaPPZTD8SOY_Ja8IH0LEaAk1oEALw_wcB
  3. Thread: 2K epoxy test

    by JCCLARK
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    Strain it to be sure

    Strain it to be sure
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    That's a lot of primer.

    That's a lot of primer.
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    Only if you sand through. I can't imagine not...

    Only if you sand through.
    I can't imagine not breaking through with 180 grit and only 2 coats of primer.
    I usually sand with 150 to 180 then guide coat and sand with 400 to 600
    to get rid of any...
  6. Thread: Best Wax?

    by JCCLARK
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    Is this new paint? You're not suppose to put wax...

    Is this new paint?
    You're not suppose to put wax on fresh paint.
    If wax increases the luster, you haven't
    buffed/polished completely.
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    My experience with Nasson clear, which was years...

    My experience with Nasson clear, which was years ago, is that it sets up
    faster and harder than any clear I've ever used.
    If I didn't cut and buff the next day or two it was like concrete.
  8. Thread: Buffer

    by JCCLARK
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    I've been using some of the "dual action" pads on...

    I've been using some of the "dual action" pads on my rotary and
    the only difference I've seen is that they are thinner.
    They work fine.
  9. Thread: Buffer

    by JCCLARK
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    A dual action is less aggressive than a rotary....

    A dual action is less aggressive than a rotary.
    A rotary will buff it faster but the DA will
    polish it finer.
    And then there's the random orbit which is less aggressive
    than either.
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    I use the Flexilla too, but don't like the way it...

    I use the Flexilla too, but don't like the way it curls up easier.
    When I replace it, I'm going back to the Goodyear hose.
  11. It will be easier if you wet sand them out with...

    It will be easier if you wet sand them out with 3000 grit first.
  12. Maybe auto engine paint? They sell it in a...

    Maybe auto engine paint?
    They sell it in a aerosol spray can at auto parts stores.
    (all I could think of)
  13. Yes you can, at least that's what the tech sheet...

    Yes you can, at least that's what the tech sheet says.
    I personally like to go over it with at least a gray scuff pad
    before base just to rid any nibs or dust, but it's
    not necessary.

    The...
  14. You should wait 24 hrs minimum after epoxy before...

    You should wait 24 hrs minimum after epoxy before base.
    You have up to a week to base over epoxy before it needs sanding or recoating
    I wouldn't go more than 3 to 4 days myself.
    If you want to...
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    3 coats is all I put on and I start with 1500...

    3 coats is all I put on and I start with 1500 grit and never had a problem.
    I don't think 1200 is much different.
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    Wow! Are you sure you're not mixing to much...

    Wow! Are you sure you're not mixing to much activator?
    Sure sounds like it.
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    Painting Match with Touch-up gun.

    Have any of you guys ever noticed that sometimes doing a spot repair with
    a small touch-up gun gives a lighter color than with a full size gun?
    It happens to me every once in a while even though...
  18. I bought a Finishline several years ago, mainly...

    I bought a Finishline several years ago, mainly because their "kit"
    came with several different size tips and one was a 2.2 which I needed
    to spray poly primers. It spray the poly great and does...
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    You really need a more coarse grit sandpaper to...

    You really need a more coarse grit sandpaper to level a run.
    1500 will only polish it.
    I find I need to go down to 600 grit to completely level a run completely,
    and it works better to let it...
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    That is a 2 to 1 mix ratio clear, Are you sure...

    That is a 2 to 1 mix ratio clear,
    Are you sure you used 2 parts clear to 1 part activator?
    It's easy to get it wrong since most clears are 4 to 1
    which is a big difference.
  21. With lacquer products, it's better to wait a...

    With lacquer products, it's better to wait a little longer than recommended.
    Lacquer products shrink as they dry.
    When I painted lacquer back in the 70's I would let the primer
    dry a few days,...
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    I have been really impressed with Kroil...

    I have been really impressed with Kroil penetrating oil.
    Let it soak overnight and you'll be surprised.

    https://www.amazon.com/Kano-Sili-Kroil-Penetrating-aerosol/dp/B0036RNKCO
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    Ditto to what Bob said. You need coarse paper,...

    Ditto to what Bob said.
    You need coarse paper, like 80 grit, to level any fillers.
    Fine grits will only make it smooth, not straight or flat.

    Most body shops I've seen use only a gray scuff pad...
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    You need to put the blender on it immediately...

    You need to put the blender on it immediately after the last coat of clear.
    It works best to do it twice, first with blender that has about 5 to 10 percent clear mixed with it,
    then followed by 100...
  25. Filling scratches with filler is never a good...

    Filling scratches with filler is never a good idea.

    Cover all your bare plastic with adhesion promoter,
    re prime with a couple good coats of epoxy and cover everything with a guide coat.
    Sand...
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    Because once you do, you have to use it. You...

    Because once you do, you have to use it.
    You can't put it back in the can to save it for sometime later.

    Car looks great!
  27. The bottom of the picture looks like pin holes....

    The bottom of the picture looks like pin holes.
    That needs to be corrected too before paint.
    When you finish sanding primer there should be no guide coat left anywhere
    for it to be ready for...
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    It's difficult to get filler straight starting...

    It's difficult to get filler straight starting with 120 grit.
    That's to fine a grit to get things straight.
    Block it first with 80 grit or more coarse if needed to
    get it straight, then you can go...
  29. That's the only way I will paint a hood anymore....

    That's the only way I will paint a hood anymore.
    Keeps the dirt out too.
    Hang em high!
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    Well, all I know is the bumpers I use a sealer...

    Well, all I know is the bumpers I use a sealer coat of epoxy on after the adhesion promoter
    have over 90% less road rash than the were use to getting.
    I have really noticed it on my own car, the...
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    I really think the epoxy makes even better...

    I really think the epoxy makes even better adhesion.
    I do a sealer coat of epoxy after the adhesion promoter on all my bumpers now because
    I have noticed less road rash when using it.
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    After the adhesion promoter I would still use...

    After the adhesion promoter I would still use epoxy primer before paint.
  33. One tip that has helped me for hail damage. I...

    One tip that has helped me for hail damage.

    I park the car in my garage at night with no lights on and as dark as I can get it,
    then take a flashlight and skim the light over the panel which...
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    What about mix ratios? Was your epoxy a 1 to 1...

    What about mix ratios?
    Was your epoxy a 1 to 1 mix like most are.
    It's easy to get confused and do something else like the
    typical 4 to 1 mix.

    Could you have used the wrong activator by...
  35. This thread is from 2009. You're definitely...

    This thread is from 2009.
    You're definitely doing something wrong.
    If Metalux was as bad as you say, they sure wouldn't
    still be in business after all these years.

    I'm still using Metalux with...
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    Usually for me it was from a bug or dirt messing...

    Usually for me it was from a bug or dirt messing up the base.
    I've also had times where the clear reacted with the base and lifted
    some metallic or edges from sand throughs. (usually my fault)...
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    I have many times stopped spraying clear, let it...

    I have many times stopped spraying clear, let it flash and sprayed more
    base over that to correct something.
    Let it flash real good and continue spraying clear.
    Never a problem, but sure has fixed...
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    If you wet sand the base you have to rebase it...

    If you wet sand the base you have to rebase it before clear.
    Some bases like DuPont have a 24 hr window, go past that and they recommend to remove it before more base.
    So check the tech sheet for...
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    I had some Kirkers w&g remover that melted the...

    I had some Kirkers w&g remover that melted the paint years ago,
    I still have some. Bought some other brand and it works fine.
    But I seldom use it, I wash everything with Dawn dish soap
    instead....
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    Using epoxy as a sealer is to reduce it a lot to...

    Using epoxy as a sealer is to reduce it a lot to start with, like 50%.
    It also makes it lay like glass.
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    Really? I use my heat lamp to cure body filler...

    Really? I use my heat lamp to cure body filler all the time, what's the problem?
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    Also you might want to check some boat materials....

    Also you might want to check some boat materials.
    There are aluminum cleaners for boats that work great and
    restore the original finish back to bright by just spraying on and rinsing off,
    there's...
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    Clay bars work better than anything else I've...

    Clay bars work better than anything else I've tried.
    And so easy to do.
  44. Those lights are the way to go. It has saved me...

    Those lights are the way to go.
    It has saved me many a times when something goes wrong and I have to
    quickly get filler or paint to dry.
    If you don't want to invest in one, even a cheap halogen...
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    I know some have put marbles in the can to...

    I know some have put marbles in the can to displace the air.
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    Several brands of base I use say wait a MINIMUM...

    Several brands of base I use say wait a MINIMUM of 30 minutes before clearing.
    That's under ideal conditions, longer is better.
    The more solvents that escape before clear, the better.
    I always...
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    The gun may use 6 cfm at 40 but your compressor...

    The gun may use 6 cfm at 40 but your compressor is replacing air in a tank that is over 90 psi, the pump
    has to pump against 90 psi or more, which means the compressor is replacing air at the 90 psi...
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    I've had flattening agent get a fine grit to it...

    I've had flattening agent get a fine grit to it when it got old, I had to use something more fine
    than a paint strainer to get rid of it. I've also gotten it with BullDog adhesion promoter,
    but...
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    You're absolutely right. It amazes me how many...

    You're absolutely right.
    It amazes me how many cars I see that shouldn't have been accepted by
    the customer. And a lot of these were done by good shops, known for good work.
    But like I said, when...
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    Good luck finding lacquer thinner good enough to...

    Good luck finding lacquer thinner good enough to use
    for car painting, most lacquer thinners today are reconstituted junk,
    and if you do find good thinner, like from a name brand supplier, it's...
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