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    Len, Whatís the shelf life if Picklex? I...

    Len,

    Whatís the shelf life if Picklex? I bought some from you at least 15 years ago, but it looks and smells the same.
  2. Thread: Undercoating ?

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    There would be no problem applying Zero Rust...

    There would be no problem applying Zero Rust directly over scuffed epoxy or weld-thru primer?
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    Len, Whatís your preference for underside...

    Len,

    Whatís your preference for underside finishing on a daily driver restomod passenger car?

    The more I look into it, the more it seems like undercoating has more disadvantages than...
  4. Thread: Undercoating ?

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    I used the U-Pol Raptor liner to line the bed of...

    I used the U-Pol Raptor liner to line the bed of my truck a couple years ago. I am really pleased with it. I plan to use it to undercoat the car I am building now.
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    Along the same lines, what is the gold material...

    Along the same lines, what is the gold material in the seams pictured below? Iíve seen it several times over the years. Is it considered brazing, welding, or soldering? What material is it?
    ...
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    Thanks for the info. Iíll try the lacquer...

    Thanks for the info. Iíll try the lacquer thinner test today.
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    Weld thru primer and seam sealer

    Iím building a 1968 mustang from all new parts. Most of the parts are coated in weld thru primer by the manufacturer. It seems like a durable coating, but I wanted some opinions on if I needed to...
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    I’ve started collecting pieces to build a ‘68...

    I’ve started collecting pieces to build a ‘68 mustang fastback from all new parts. I debated getting a cheap HF spot welder, but I would feel better plug welding with my mig. I have been looking...
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    I don't really know anyone that can weld...

    I don't really know anyone that can weld aluminum. Is there a way to do it solder?
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    Question about repairing aluminum

    I've got a 40 year old thin stamped aluminum grill shell that I am trying to polish. The original finish was anodized, so I had to strip all that off. After hammering out the dents, there are about...
  11. Thread: Clearcoat issue

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    Any need to try to scuff the inside of the crater...

    Any need to try to scuff the inside of the crater to improve adhesion?
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    I sanded the bed with 150, sprayed with a fresh...

    I sanded the bed with 150, sprayed with a fresh coat of epoxy and then sprayed on the Raptor. I'm very pleased with the results. It's a very uniform finish and seems like tough stuff.

    The...
  13. Thread: Clearcoat issue

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    I was able to get rid of most of the fisheyes. ...

    I was able to get rid of most of the fisheyes. Really, only 4-5 are bad enough to where I'm don't want to try to sand out and is bad enough to be really noticeable.

    I feel like I have nothing to...
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    The bed hasn't been used, and it hasn't been in...

    The bed hasn't been used, and it hasn't been in the weather. It's just been sitting in my shop while I worked on the exterior, if that matters at all.
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    Re-epoxy before spray bedliner?

    The bed of my truck has been in epoxy primer for 6 months, and I have a Raptor spray in bedliner kit waiting. At the very least, I have to scuff the bed before spraying. I have a quart of epoxy...
  16. Thread: Clearcoat issue

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    I was able to sand and get rid of 90% of them. I...

    I was able to sand and get rid of 90% of them. I guess I'm pretty pleased, for now. The thought of respraying was a nightmare. I don't think I had to sand an excess amount to get it acceptable. ...
  17. Thread: Clearcoat issue

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    Here is what I am dealing with. It really only...

    Here is what I am dealing with. It really only an issue on the top 6" of my bed.


    -not sure why, but the pic is upside down.



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    Clearcoat issue

    Last week, I finished up my Coating Store BC/CC spraying with 4 coats of clear. I was really plsead how well the product went down.

    The first coat went down nice and smooth. With each subsequent...
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    The thing is that my truck is already 18"+ inches...

    The thing is that my truck is already 18"+ inches off the ground. I had to do some primer touch-ups along the way and even made added attempts to try to get good coverage under the lip, but I still...
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    Coverage on bottom panel lip

    I've always had trouble getting full coverage under the bottom body panel lip. I haven't exactly painted a lot of cars, but every time, I try to make improvements in my spraying technique to ensure...
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    Thanks, Dave. Just ordered some.

    Thanks, Dave. Just ordered some.
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    How about some thick foam tape, like VHB? Put...

    How about some thick foam tape, like VHB? Put down a layer of regular mask (to make it easy to remove) and then go over it with something comparable to 1/16Ē thick VHB.
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    DIY bedliner, knifeless tape, clean edge

    I have a spray-on UPOL Raptor bedliner kit. I had planned to use it to spray on top of the bed rails because I can't find any of the black plastic bed rail caps that fit my truck. That was my...
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    My "booth" is designed as a negative pressure,...

    My "booth" is designed as a negative pressure, but I'd like to know more about the positive pressure setup if it's going to help me get a better finish.

    What kind of CFM does your intake fan have?...
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    Fluid Film works great to seal and lubricate.

    Fluid Film works great to seal and lubricate.
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    Is the leaf blower not too aggressive with your...

    Is the leaf blower not too aggressive with your masking?

    When doing a full vehicle, do you ever mask from the bottom of the vehicle down to the floor, isolating the chassis area? I guess that...
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    Paint boot questions

    I have a portable paint booth I made from pipe conduit. I cover it with a 30'x40' piece of poly sheeting so there is minimal seams. I have a 4'x6' grid of filters on one upper end. On the other...
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    The more I think (and sand and sand), the more I...

    The more I think (and sand and sand), the more I agree with Len that finishing the exterior first with sealer/bc/cc all in succession would be easiest.

    I was nervous about doing all three...
  29. Question about grits and touching up primer

    First, what grit do I sand my surfacer to before applying epoxy sealer?

    Second, I sanded through to bare metal at a few edges and body lines, and it might be a couple weeks before I am ready for...
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    I received a paint chips from The Coating Store...

    I received a paint chips from The Coating Store to see if one of their stock colors is close to what I want. They have some two stage pearls in the dark color blue I am looking for. I'm just not...
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    Do you do the crosshatch technique on the sides...

    Do you do the crosshatch technique on the sides of the vehicle, even if it's a narrow profile?
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    I don't have much experience and it's been a...

    I don't have much experience and it's been a while since my last project. I really feel like doing jambs first will allow me some flexibility to get my sea legs again. Jumping straight into the...
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    Iíve also noticed occasions where the same paint...

    Iíve also noticed occasions where the same paint code will be called ďmetallicĒ in one instance and ďpearl ď in another. Does that mean anything?
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    Paint code question

    I've been trying to decide on a paint for my truck, and I noticed that color codes (for Fords, at least) seem to hang around for a long time. Many codes stay the same, but the names change over the...
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    If you do the jambs first, knowing you still have...

    If you do the jambs first, knowing you still have to seal the exterior, where you you mask to before spraying the jambs? Do you still use smooth transition tape to prevent a hard edge? Where,...
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    So, if I BC/CC the exterior first, do I need to...

    So, if I BC/CC the exterior first, do I need to bother masking the jambs?

    If I BC/CC the jambs first , do I need to mask off the exterior?


    I've seen several videos and tv shows where the...
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    Thanks. Makes sense. Have you ever BC/CCed...

    Thanks. Makes sense.

    Have you ever BC/CCed the door jambs/interior at the same time you do the exterior? Is it too much to try to attempt?

    I've got painted metal all the way around my...
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    Len, can you give the advantages of doing things...

    Len, can you give the advantages of doing things in that order?
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    So you would shoot the sealer/BC/CC on the...

    So you would shoot the sealer/BC/CC on the exterior, let dry, and then BC/CC the interior and jambs? Am I understanding correctly?
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    How to attack my sealer/BC/CC

    I've got the exterior of my truck in SPI Epoxy and 2K Turbo high build primer. I'm block sanding the high build and plan to seal with reduced epoxy.

    The interior and door jambs are still in good...
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    Might be asking a bit much, given my level of...

    Might be asking a bit much, given my level of expertise.
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    A couple questions about my truck hood

    1. The material the cushions/attaches my hood skin to the support frame has gone away, and there is about a 1/8" gap there that is going to make it tough to refinish with all the springy-ness. What...
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    I could tell there were some air bubbles in the...

    I could tell there were some air bubbles in the filler previously. I skimmed everything with putty trying to fill them, but I either missed some spots or the putty was too thick to fill them all.
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    Air bubbles after epoxy primer

    Despite my best efforts to get rid of air bubbles in my filler, I guess I missed some. The pic below is after epoxy primer. I plan to cover with high build 2k surfacer on Wednesday. Can I rely on...
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    I had planned to prime Saturday when the temp got...

    I had planned to prime Saturday when the temp got about 60 degrees, but it had been below freezing for 4 straight days. My shop was still very cold. The spec sheet says I needed >70 for 24 hours.
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    I have Picklex, and I used it on the inside of...

    I have Picklex, and I used it on the inside of the bed where there is no filler.

    The quarters don't have a lot of bare metal, at least not a lot of area with no filler. I don't like using the...
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    Question about bare metal and body filler

    I had a plan to finish the body work on my truck a panel or two at a time and then prime/surface as I went. Well, we have had unseasonably cold weather here the last few weeks, and it just hasn't...
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    That's a pretty neat deal. Is $1000 typical for...

    That's a pretty neat deal. Is $1000 typical for a car? That's pretty steep for the average DIYer. I've been hoping someone would come up with a simplified system using a water hose and/or pressure...
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    My weekend with strippers

    A while back, I was curious about using strippers to remove old paint, so I came here to search some old threads. The consensus seemed to be that it could be useful, but it's not a great idea for a...
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    Applying filler to an entire panel

    I've watched many videos/tv shows with guys applying filler to large panels, like a door or half a hood, at once. They go over the area over and over for 3-4 minutes easily.

    I've tried several...
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