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    great question. but i'd hardly call you a...

    great question. but i'd hardly call you a rookie...
    others have already given you great feedback but i thought i'd share my thought process on that.
    firstly, if you had a good setup and your test...
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    totally agree henry, just clip the edges of the...

    totally agree henry, just clip the edges of the fan. that's what i do too. if i need a smaller fan i get a smaller gun. wider fan is better, more even spread of material, less chance of mottling when...
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    i pretty much use ppg dbc as that's what my local...

    i pretty much use ppg dbc as that's what my local store carries. sometimes omni plus as well. but i'm sure there are a host of others that work as well. i think it's really more about technique than...
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    i wouldn't re-tape in that instance. you're going...

    i wouldn't re-tape in that instance. you're going to sand the primer anyway so if there's a spec of dust or two no big deal. i'd just blow and wipe and call it good. UNLESS you used plastic masking...
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    which nh product are you using? are you putting...

    which nh product are you using? are you putting inside box sections too?
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    looks pretty good from here, a little cut and...

    looks pretty good from here, a little cut and buff should bring it up nicely. i don't mind spraying silver metallic, once you get your technique down it's not so bad. first couple of times was iffy...
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    i'd use the hf gun for the primer. it will go...

    i'd use the hf gun for the primer. it will go much better than spray cans. spray cans won't give the film build you will need, especially if you're trying to fill 80 grit scratch.
    i'd have sanded...
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    not discounting the advice bob k gave you, it's...

    not discounting the advice bob k gave you, it's good advice as usual. that paint will eventually harden up. never really as hard as two part paints though. and the nose of that thing looks prone to...
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    that looks great. probably better than it looked...

    that looks great. probably better than it looked new. my spare compressor is what looks like the same pump head with a 7.5 hp motor and a horizontal tank. seeing how good yours turned out makes me...
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    that temperature control would discount me from...

    that temperature control would discount me from using that epoxy for sure. i love your test fender idea though, did you try that with other any other epoxy brands?
  11. one more thought. the quality of a good gun will...

    one more thought. the quality of a good gun will be lost on primer. primer doesn't spray/atomize as fine as actual paint/clear. by nature it is a thicker coating, and will almost always require...
  12. way back when i first started this stuff i only...

    way back when i first started this stuff i only had one gun. i quickly learned that getting old primer particles in my top coats was not something i wanted to have. it's tough enough to keep dust...
  13. the big thing for me is ease of movement. if the...

    the big thing for me is ease of movement. if the floor is really smooth concrete you have it made. if not, you should increase the size of the wheels to lessen the shock of going over bumps. i like...
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    i just went back and looked at the pictures...

    i just went back and looked at the pictures again. you might have an opportunity here that you didn't think about. you could clear the cowl and jamb areas if they're good enough, then re-assemble the...
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    i'm sure most of us here agree that the prep work...

    i'm sure most of us here agree that the prep work is the key to a good finish. if you have an issue with the primer or sealer you should never press on to paint. always correct the issue first. any...
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    great, thanks for that. replaced a few years ago?...

    great, thanks for that. replaced a few years ago? man i'm slow with my projects...
  17. you might try using a little bug and tar remover...

    you might try using a little bug and tar remover to soften that plastic up or creep under it. in the event you can't get that, try lighter fluid or a product called "goof off" if available. your...
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    ok, i see your point. i guess when i deal with...

    ok, i see your point. i guess when i deal with fiberglass it's usually a marine application. i always seal with epoxy to avoid moisture penetrating into the fiberglass substrate. moisture penetration...
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    i've heard windex is good as well, but i use a...

    i've heard windex is good as well, but i use a clear product from griots garage, followed by distilled water to rinse any residue away. dry with compressed air.

    you say you're going to use a...
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    really? wouldn't you epoxy coat it first?

    really? wouldn't you epoxy coat it first?
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    i'm still using ppg dx330 and like it fine. i...

    i'm still using ppg dx330 and like it fine. i think it's been replaced with sx330 though, but i think (hope) it's the same thing cause i'm almost out of the dx.
    just want to mention though, if...
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    everyone has their own take on this for sure. i...

    everyone has their own take on this for sure. i like to weld heavy gauge washers with a (side ground flat) in a line in the crease. then like bob k says, build a bridge over the top of it with...
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    i',m with len on that. only thing i might do...

    i',m with len on that. only thing i might do different is use epoxy sealer as it lays down nice and thin. you can see if it shows any scratch marks that you may not have seen before and then decide...
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    nice... ronf is a great guy, seems to be more...

    nice... ronf is a great guy, seems to be more than happy to share his knowledge. (like most folks here actually) but having a little extra guidance from a trusted source can make all the difference. ...
  25. No problem buddy, I learned it after...

    No problem buddy, I learned it after contaminating a surface once. Ppg rep said no worries.
  26. i use wax and grease remover in this instance...

    i use wax and grease remover in this instance regularly. just give it plenty of time to dry of before you tack it and move on.
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    way to go, i applaud your effort. these days it's...

    way to go, i applaud your effort. these days it's rare to find a young person wanting to jump in and learn to do this type of work. these skills will transfer over to many things you do in life, not...
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    Pulling against a ratchet strap isn't a good way...

    Pulling against a ratchet strap isn't a good way to go. There's too much stretch when you tension it up. You really need chain so there's no stretch at all.
    But len and Henry are right, it'll take...
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    wet sanding should go very quickly. no big deal...

    wet sanding should go very quickly. no big deal at all.
    cardboard? no. unless you're looking at your pattern. metal, plastic, old fridgerator...so you get a realistic idea how it lays down.
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    i just went back and read a little more of the...

    i just went back and read a little more of the posts. len and ronf are giving great advice as usual. when ronf said to stick with product reducing amount he was saying to start with the mix ratio...
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    just thought i'd quickly add, i shoot at around...

    just thought i'd quickly add, i shoot at around 8-10 inches from the panel with a hf gun, maybe closer, (more like 6 inches really) depending on the fan. watch how the paint hits, don't look at the...
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    there's a few of those hf guns you could be...

    there's a few of those hf guns you could be using. did you mention which one? there's hvlp as well as conventional gravity feed guns. i use them frequently for painting equipment or shooting primer/...
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    i think so too, it's nice to have those long...

    i think so too, it's nice to have those long straight diffused tubes to reflect off the car so you can see how straight your work is.
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    well i hope that's what we were talking about...

    well i hope that's what we were talking about anyway, order placed.
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    we were talking about the medium wave right?

    we were talking about the medium wave right?
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    ok, i'll visit the store right now and place the...

    ok, i'll visit the store right now and place the order. thanks for the help.
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    ok, i'd like to get one of those coming. what are...

    ok, i'd like to get one of those coming. what are my shipping options? my zip code is 98532.
    it's cold here now so quicker shipping would be a good thing.
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    thank you both for the replies. i don't have any...

    thank you both for the replies. i don't have any problem making a better bracket or hard wiring/upgrading the electrical, but maybe the wattage for the fixture quality might be a bit too high for...
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    bringing back this old thread. i need a lamp to...

    bringing back this old thread. i need a lamp to heat the back side of a small machine. are the medium wave lamps rated for continuous duty? do they have high/low settings? how far away do they need...
  40. well you do have to be sensible. with big beams...

    well you do have to be sensible. with big beams with heavy scale it's not a good idea. we blast before painting that kind of thing. but small stuff, like square tube and rec tube like the op was...
  41. Thread: 36 Ford

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    i guess it would help to know the dimensions of...

    i guess it would help to know the dimensions of the ecm. and did you leave the rec tube exposed underneath? i only ask as there's a fair amount of space between the longitudinal members. it's a...
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    not being in touch with exactly what space you...

    not being in touch with exactly what space you have available i only have a couple of thoughts. i like to place it somewhere protected. (obviously) inside the firewall behind a little custom panel to...
  43. Thread: 36 Ford

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    that's what i do too, i like the black inner...

    that's what i do too, i like the black inner fender as it makes the wheels pop. i know however, there's a trend for guys doing restoration to shoot body color in there, maybe just so people see that...
  44. i assume you're talking about mill finish...

    i assume you're talking about mill finish structural steel here. depending on the paint you use, you can simply degrease and paint. i do this on equipment i build all the time. it's industry standard...
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    have you tried cerakote products for exhaust...

    have you tried cerakote products for exhaust work? the best stuff must be oven cured and works really well. they used to sell an insulating coating for the inside of the pipes but i don't see it on...
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    man i love the sound of a flathead ford. owning...

    man i love the sound of a flathead ford. owning one is a bucket list item for me.
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    there may be a certain amount of truth there,...

    there may be a certain amount of truth there, sanded primed, or painted surfaces can self heal to an extent if let sitting for long periods. a quick scuff usually does the trick. i don't know if it's...
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    ronf and philv as usual have given good advice to...

    ronf and philv as usual have given good advice to you, i'd only add one thing. if you're working in an unheated space and you expose bare metal, be on the lookout for flash rust. this can happen as...
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    my roloc arsenal includes 36,80 and 120 grit...

    my roloc arsenal includes 36,80 and 120 grit aluminum oxide, plus coarse, medium, and fine non-woven. (scotch brite style)
    i use a ton of the non-woven abrasive discs. i like them for blending welds...
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    looks fantastic len, what a great project! :thumb:

    looks fantastic len, what a great project! :thumb:
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