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  1. Lifting / residue issues with 3M purple fine liner tape

    I just bought some 1/4" 3M fine liner tape to try out specifically because it's supposed to be great at not leaving residue behind. I'm painting an aluminum gas tank so this was very important since...
  2. Raised line in basecoat when shooting over sanded base/primer

    I made an aluminum motorcycle gas tank and had it painted elsewhere a few months ago. The tank is black with gold painted logos. I wasn't crazy about how the logo looked so I decided to sand it back...
  3. Clear the raw aluminum first then do BC graphics?...

    Clear the raw aluminum first then do BC graphics? How many initial clear coats? How long until I can tape over the clear?

    I haven't heard this method but I love it! It means no need for epoxy...
  4. Recommendations for tape that won't stain aluminum?

    Does anyone have recommendations on a masking tape that doesn't leave residue on aluminum? I've used 3M blue tape and it left residue on the metal that showed up when I cleared over it.

    I'm...
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    Excellent, I just read a PPG guide that...

    Excellent, I just read a PPG guide that recommended exactly this for clear coating raw aluminum. I picked up the SX501 and ran some tests on panels seeing if I could get it to discolor. I couldn't. I...
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    Do you know which conditioner you used?

    Do you know which conditioner you used?
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    In case anyone else is interested I looked into...

    In case anyone else is interested I looked into the PPG products and found this list of metal prep solvents: https://images.oreillyauto.com/parts/img/documents/ppg/p-226_dx_metal_treatment_2+13.pdf
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    Ahh yes this is exactly what I was hoping for....

    Ahh yes this is exactly what I was hoping for. I'll look into them. Thank you!
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    My question was about surface cleaning and prep....

    My question was about surface cleaning and prep.

    Anodizing is not an option as there are some base coat graphics that need to be painted on first. Most of the surface will be raw aluminum though.
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    How to prep and clean aluminum for paint?

    I recently made myself an aluminum gas tank and bodywork for my motorcycle. I used 14G 3003 sheet. I've noticed that if I leave ANY sort of smudges on the surface, even just oils from my hands, the...
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    Great, thanks for the feedback.

    Great, thanks for the feedback.
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    Can you / how to flow coat matte clear?

    Novice painter here.
    I'm working on a motorcycle paint job that will have multiple layers of color and I plan to use PPG's matte clear.

    I want a ridge-free finish so you cant feel the different...
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