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    Thank you both for your helpful input. Hand...

    Thank you both for your helpful input. Hand sanding it is, with a soft block.
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    Wet sand using DA??

    Hello! Some of you may remember my saddlebag project a while back. This is essentially a continuation of that project. The parts you see in the pics all have the HD Luxury Rich Red applied, and 3...
  3. Bags done!

    I finally got the bags done yesterday, wet sanded to 2500, then polished with 3M "Perfect-It" polishing glaze. They really turned out nice!
  4. Thanks!! As far as the chip repair on the...

    Thanks!!

    As far as the chip repair on the tank goes, I originally planned to wet sand the whole tank, pinstripe it (adding the bright red stripe like the bags now have), then reclear it. ...
  5. Thanks Ron!

    Thanks Ron!
  6. Clearcoat Pix!

    Today I cleared the bags and lids, and with much success!! This is the smoothest I've ever sprayed clear, by far. Now that I'm nearing th end of this project, I am starting to get the hang of this!...
  7. A few things I figured out while doing this: ...

    A few things I figured out while doing this:

    One, using the smallest tip on my airbrush, I had to overreduce the single stage black. Before overreducing, the spray pattern kept getting smaller...
  8. Back in action

    Well, I went to Horrible Freight this morning - I actually hate shopping there, since absolutely everything is made in China, but it's hard to escape that anywhere. Even Snap-On has a Chinese...
  9. I had to give back my borrowed compressor, which...

    I had to give back my borrowed compressor, which I've been holding hostage all this time. I acquired and installed a new check valve for mine, and found that it now doesn't compress air. I think the...
  10. It's been a while since I've updated this thread,...

    It's been a while since I've updated this thread, but not because I haven't been working on it.

    I bought a couple of new spray guns, a full size and a mini gun. Not high end, but half decent....
  11. OK, that's what I thought I understood. That...

    OK, that's what I thought I understood. That clarifies it. You're suggesting I apply the tape which I have applied FIRST... LAST. Which makes sense, now that I understand what you're suggesting. ...
  12. For subsequent transfers, I used a carpenter's...

    For subsequent transfers, I used a carpenter's pencil.

    Why is this important?
  13. OFB, I just read your "bridge tape" post for the...

    OFB, I just read your "bridge tape" post for the 4th or 5th time. I think I get it now. If I understand it correctly, what you're saying is to apply the tape that's right next to the design LAST, so...
  14. Here are a couple pix of the taping. This is the...

    Here are a couple pix of the taping. This is the 2nd lid. I'm now working on the bags. I think the bags might go a little faster; they look less complex. But we'll see... the 1st lid took all of 7...
  15. I don't know much about painting, I guess...

    I don't know much about painting, I guess obviously. But I know this with certainty: I am not sanding it all off and starting over! I am pretty sure I can fix the little screwups.

    I haven't had...
  16. OFB, I should have heeded this advice to shoot...

    OFB, I should have heeded this advice to shoot some clear over the tape. I have read about shooting light coats to seal the tape edges, but this is the first time I've heard of doing it with clear...
  17. I traced the design easily enough with a Sharpie...

    I traced the design easily enough with a Sharpie on masking paper. The paper is translucent enough that I was easily able to see the design with the paper reversed. I swiped the pounce wheel from my...
  18. OFB, my local supplier is a SmartFinish chain...

    OFB, my local supplier is a SmartFinish chain store. I'm using their house brand Smart 2K HB primer, 4500-1. It sands REALLY nicely. I am using Nason epoxy primer. The black is a Nason single...
  19. With a lot of tutoring from Ron, and a lot of...

    With a lot of tutoring from Ron, and a lot of sanding orange peel, and some major lessons learned, I have the bags and lids in paint and cleared. The clear is wet sanded to 1000 grit, and the first...
  20. I'm going to follow Len's advice and apply epoxy...

    I'm going to follow Len's advice and apply epoxy primer on the lids. Since deciding that, I quit trying to be careful to not sand through to the ABS. I had some shop time today, so I finished sanding...
  21. 27107271082710927110 Here are the progress...

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    Here are the progress pix.

    My plan is to continue sanding to 600; then spot in where needed with epoxy primer using the air brush. Then repeat on the other lid. I don't...
  22. The folded or rolled up ScotchBrite is a great...

    The folded or rolled up ScotchBrite is a great idea! I got a couple of "sanding sponges" I'll call them - soft sanding blocks with abrasive surfaces applied - at the local hardware store this...
  23. Oops, I didn't realize I attached the pix twice....

    Oops, I didn't realize I attached the pix twice. Len, your site works too well... It happened so quickly, I thought it couldn't possibly have happened, so I did it again...

    I have a couple of deep...
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    Here are the pix. More or less in order showing what I started with; the ripples on the back side (which really don't matter since that side...
  25. Back to primer

    With a lot of very helpful guidance from Ronf, I ended up sanding pretty far down and applied several coats of high build primer. I ended up going through to the ABS in multiple places. Small...
  26. Yeah, it's thread sealant, which was applied on...

    Yeah, it's thread sealant, which was applied on the nozzle threads. In my case, it was applied sparingly enough not to overflow the threads. It's all cleaned out now, except for traces remaining in...
  27. It does make sense. It makes PERFECT sense. Thank...

    It does make sense. It makes PERFECT sense. Thank you!

    Practice on anything at all: what about cardboard? Seems like this would absorb paint and so the paint wouldn't behave the same way as if on...
  28. I'm not sure if I mentioned which HF gun. It's...

    I'm not sure if I mentioned which HF gun. It's the purple HVLP gun. thanks for your feedback, very helpful to hear from someone who actually has used one of these guns with some degree of success. ...
  29. Thanks for your detailed, helpful response....

    Thanks for your detailed, helpful response. Please clarify one thing for me:

    "stay with product reducing amount for now"

    By this I think you mean to reduce the amount of product flowing by...
  30. Well, you have just educated me. I was giving...

    Well, you have just educated me. I was giving the pressure setting at the air inlet to the gun.

    I just read through the instruction manual (again) and no, there is no way to read (or calculate)...
  31. "Over-reduce:" It won't hurt anything to use...

    "Over-reduce:" It won't hurt anything to use more reducer than the "2" in the 8:1:2 ratio? I guess I'm going to be experimenting until I find something that works...
  32. Since it looks like I'm going to be sanding...

    Since it looks like I'm going to be sanding saddlebags, what would you recommend I use instead that is moderately priced? Can I get something decent for under $200?
  33. Very true. But like I said, I've gotten much...

    Very true. But like I said, I've gotten much better results than I'm getting right now.
  34. I'm embarrassed to say, but it's a Horrible...

    I'm embarrassed to say, but it's a Horrible Freight HVLP gun. It has a 1.4 tip size.

    While I do realize that's a cheap, low quality gun, I've gotten MUCH better results with it than I'm getting...
  35. Thanks. My comments about the gloss are that it...

    Thanks. My comments about the gloss are that it seems to me that it SHOULDN'T be glossy; but it is. But I guess there's no harm in clearing glossy paint...

    I put subsequent coats on much more...
  36. Color going on today

    I'm applying the color today. Not all that well, I must say. This in spite of making a "test panel" out of an empty lacquer thinner container; I primed it while priming and then used it to test my...
  37. Thanks for the detailed reply! Hopefully will get...

    Thanks for the detailed reply! Hopefully will get to try this in the coming week. Planning to shoot color and a couple light coats of clear today.
  38. Back at it!

    I had major shoulder surgery in late November, which sidelined me for quite a while. I'm still only partially functional, but plenty good enough to resume work on this project.

    Thanks, Ronf,...
  39. So, If I give my local supplier the 75946 code,...

    So, If I give my local supplier the 75946 code, he should be able to mix me up a quart if luxury rich red, right? Then, I can get all activators, reducers, etc., from one source and not have to worry...
  40. I should clarify.... What I meant was, it had no...

    I should clarify.... What I meant was, it had no shine until the clear was applied.

    In this case, the paint supplier is the HD dealer. The counter people don't know a thing about paint; only how...
  41. It's base coat/clear coat. At least as far as I...

    It's base coat/clear coat. At least as far as I can tell. An excerpt from the instructions says to "Consult your Harley-Davidson dealer to verify appropriate top coat and/or clear coat." And last...
  42. Another Question:

    I bought a quart of paint from HD, as they do not seem to release paint codes; or at least only limited colors. The counterman suggested I get the activator and reducer at my local supply house. He...
  43. An old friend of mine, a long time biker and body...

    An old friend of mine, a long time biker and body man, used to weld up the rivets on the inside of the fender prior to bodywork and paint. Especially on old fenders. He had seen rivets get loose from...
  44. Wow, the soft flex blocks look like just the...

    Wow, the soft flex blocks look like just the ticket.

    Great idea for the rivets! In this case, I have to sand through the clear in the area immediately around the river, I think, because it looks...
  45. Here's the repaired area on the tank. I also...

    Here's the repaired area on the tank.

    I also attached a pic of the front fender rivets. See how the clear looks like it's lifted all around the rivets? What to do about this??? Seems like I have...
  46. Thanx for the nice bike comment and your answers....

    Thanx for the nice bike comment and your answers.

    I have the chips fixed, I did as Len suggested and touched up the chips in the black stripe using a little brush; then did the same with clear,...
  47. Thanx. Pretty sure I can wet sand and paint.

    Thanx. Pretty sure I can wet sand and paint.
  48. Thanx for your encouragement. To answer the color...

    Thanx for your encouragement. To answer the color change vs repair question, I decided to stick with the same color. So, the tank will not get a full repaint. I'll fix the chip; then add a thin, red...
  49. Thanks, Len. The paint is from HD. All I know...

    Thanks, Len. The paint is from HD. All I know about it is that it's urethane base coat/clear coat, and the counterman recommended I use clear from my local supplier.

    I have to believe that the HD...
  50. More questions

    I have some more questions. Well, maybe one question for now.

    The replacement saddlebags are 4 pieces: left bag; left lid; right bag; right lid. Each piece came from a different bike. So each...
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