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    1.5 mm is .059 inches, so .060 is a good place to...

    1.5 mm is .059 inches, so .060 is a good place to start. report back if you have success.
    the little touch up gun is so small and handy, i hope it works.
    i sure wish that glue was available in...
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    do you really think you need the slick sand in...

    do you really think you need the slick sand in the first place? if you got the panels flat already maybe a little glazing putty would take care of the small defects/scratch marks and you could just...
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    which hf gun are you using for this? i have an...

    which hf gun are you using for this? i have an old siphon feed for it but was wondering if a little touch up gravity feed might work too.
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    i would think the autoweld would work. it's...

    i would think the autoweld would work. it's probably 75/25 argon/co2 right?
    of course you could order the bloxygen from len too, it's straight argon.
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    that's what i use. it's the real deal. a buddy...

    that's what i use. it's the real deal. a buddy with an upholstery shop gave me that tip a long time ago and i have used it ever since. it lasts forever at the rate i use it so i float argon over it...
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    len is right earl, avoid opening you hardener...

    len is right earl, avoid opening you hardener until you absolutely have to. i haven't heard of using hydrogen before as it's a lighter than air gas and will float on top of any oxygen in the...
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    and keep in mind if you do build your own custom,...

    and keep in mind if you do build your own custom, slower rpm pumps make less heat which means less moisture to deal with.
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    yeah, where would you draw the line on old school...

    yeah, where would you draw the line on old school technology? would you stick with lacquer primer and lacquer based glazing putty? i bet not.
    i do admit i liked using that stuff though. i miss...
  9. that's a pretty small regulator mounted on the...

    that's a pretty small regulator mounted on the wall there. the filter/regulator len posted has a much larger diaphragm and handles a much higher flow than the one you have. keep in mind that the...
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    like most here i use an old fridge. but if you're...

    like most here i use an old fridge. but if you're looking for options, a propane locker like for marine use may be a solution. they can either be sealed tight or vented with a hose fitting.
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    thanks for posting your results. that actually...

    thanks for posting your results. that actually does look like a well built puller, quick and easy to use. i may just have to get one. it seems the cone may not be the best dolly but will work fairly...
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    agreed. i wouldn't try it with an air riveter for...

    agreed. i wouldn't try it with an air riveter for the same reasons as you. but my hydraulic one has incredible control and i think it would work very well. since len can't comment on the materials of...
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    i'm curious about the construction of that tool....

    i'm curious about the construction of that tool. is the nose piece made of plastic? it seems like it's pretty much a rivet gun with a cone shaped attachment. is that about right? it seems like a...
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    seeing the homemade tool set made me think maybe...

    seeing the homemade tool set made me think maybe a set of pdr tools could get in that tank and push the dings out.
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    some tank dents can be removed (at least...

    some tank dents can be removed (at least partially removed) by filling the tank with water, sealing it up, and freezing it. sharper creases are tougher to do this way, but dish shaped dents come out...
  16. nice! that's a serious project. when i first saw...

    nice! that's a serious project.
    when i first saw the framing i thought, dang that"s a heavy frame. then i saw the motor...that's fun on a stick right there... love that dash, and i've always been a...
  17. you're quite welcome, i know how easy it is to...

    you're quite welcome,
    i know how easy it is to put the man hours in on a project. the car this air box goes in has been in my shop for about ten years...granted, i only get an hour or two here and...
  18. i finally got a chance to spray the zr reduced...

    i finally got a chance to spray the zr reduced with xylene. here's the level of sheen on an airbox part from my car.
    it's really close to the sheen you get from the spray cans but it lays down much...
  19. oh my god, i just read the amazon ad for that...

    oh my god, i just read the amazon ad for that starting line gun. check out this statement:

    YOUR HEALTH IS OUR CONCERN With DeVilbiss paint gun, there is less overspray in the air which means no...
  20. ok, now we have enough information to help a...

    ok, now we have enough information to help a little. as bob k says, your pressure is way too low. that's first and foremost. second, when you start spraying and it looks funky, stop! in fact, do some...
  21. hard to tell from the picture but it seems like...

    hard to tell from the picture but it seems like dry spray. are you shooting it outside? what's the temp of the metal? if it's only happening on the top surfaces and you're painting outdoors the metal...
  22. $25 to $30 will get you a 4x6 welding blanket....

    $25 to $30 will get you a 4x6 welding blanket. i'd build that into the cost of the job and then you'll have it for years to come.
  23. you have a lot of variables going on there. if it...

    you have a lot of variables going on there. if it were me... i'd sand it all off and use epoxy primer (or direct to metal urethane primer) again before the base/clear. at the very least i'd try to...
  24. as far as the clear goes, here's the tech sheet...

    as far as the clear goes,
    here's the tech sheet
    https://download.kwasny.com/datasheets/TMB-680061_GB.pdf
    here's the web site...
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    of course the te result is different because...

    of course the te result is different because there were different sets of test criteria. if you want to have a good comparison you have to standardize the test.
    two different tests is a good idea as...
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    and that's 110% by your math...how's that for...

    and that's 110% by your math...how's that for humor?
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    one last time then i'm out. the te rating is...

    one last time then i'm out. the te rating is simply a lab test. not an actual measurement on any particular project you are working on. during the test all the guns are set up per manufacturers...
  28. sure thing. not sure if i will get to it this...

    sure thing. not sure if i will get to it this week or next though. this week is getting chewed up pretty quickly and the holiday weekend is adding complications to my schedule. but when i get the...
  29. i've used the spray max clear on some headlights...

    i've used the spray max clear on some headlights and it worked well. definitely more orange peel than a real gun but if you're going to wet sand it's no big deal. i think it has it's place in the...
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    i guess i shouldn't have brought it up in the...

    i guess i shouldn't have brought it up in the first place...
    in my mind, the te rating is just a rating. simple. but then i have an engineering type of mentality so i grasp the concept easily....
  31. great conversation. interesting point len makes...

    great conversation. interesting point len makes regarding cure time. i always find that lacquer thinner dries out pretty fast and leaves less sheen in the finished product. acetone should dry even...
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    a guns te rating doesn't change depending on what...

    a guns te rating doesn't change depending on what you're painting. it's simply a tool to give an idea of how well the gun puts paint to panel in a given set of circumstances.
    your actual paint...
  33. thinner like mineral spirits or lacquer thinner?...

    thinner like mineral spirits or lacquer thinner? i usually have lacquer thinner, xylene, and various urethane reducers on hand.
  34. have you tried floating some argon over the por...

    have you tried floating some argon over the por when you close it? it should block the oxygen from reaching the surface. i do this with almost all products now because i use them so slowly.
    other...
  35. my first guess henry, is the fittings used. the...

    my first guess henry, is the fittings used. the fittings may have a slightly larger inside dimension allowing more flow. that would raise the pressure after the fitting. the hose may be slightly...
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    i used to soak my neglected guns in 3924s but...

    i used to soak my neglected guns in 3924s but it's not available anymore. but you needed to completely disassemble the gun to do it. only metal parts went into the bath.
    now of course, i take better...
  37. sputtering is usually caused by either blocked...

    sputtering is usually caused by either blocked vents in the cup or the fluid nozzle is not sealed well. some guns i've had needed to be unreasonably tight where the nozzle attaches to the body to...
  38. Thread: Tire size

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    it's crazy hard to find the right size tires for...

    it's crazy hard to find the right size tires for some of our projects these days. remember when 13 inch tires were the cheapest thing on the market? try finding them now... one of my cars is supposed...
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    you are so correct about the metal. i used to...

    you are so correct about the metal. i used to manage a heat treating facility years ago. the difference in the chemistry of the metal, even though it is poured to a "standard", is amazing. you would...
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    that's a healthy attitude. i learn far more from...

    that's a healthy attitude. i learn far more from my mistakes than anything else it seems.
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    we already understood that te was a number...

    we already understood that te was a number established in lab conditions, not practical application.
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    the transfer efficiency is just a number. it...

    the transfer efficiency is just a number. it should essentially states how well the gun puts paint to panel. just like flow rate is just a number. it states how much mass the gun will move at certain...
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    i remember using centari back then too. we always...

    i remember using centari back then too. we always used hardener in it so it kicked off quickly. same with the ppg stuff. (the name eludes me at the moment, delstar maybe?) we just used a full face...
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    why not just use hardener? the finished product...

    why not just use hardener? the finished product will be a lot more durable.
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    late to the party i guess. i can see how flow...

    late to the party i guess. i can see how flow rate would be a tool for a more technical painter. but it's only one aspect of gun performance. transfer efficiency would also come into play and would...
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    i went to their website and had a look. i read...

    i went to their website and had a look. i read every sheet they had linked but couldn't find out what exactly it is besides some kind of polymer. really? polymer?
    i realize that they want to...
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    len, do you have a link for the older airvantage...

    len,
    do you have a link for the older airvantage with the plug in box? i can't seem to find it in the store.
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    if i'm not mistaken, the porter cable unit is...

    if i'm not mistaken, the porter cable unit is essentially a da sander too. (but long throw) i have a similar unit i use for polishing after the rotary like len mentions. i really love how well it...
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    follow lens advice. block the very top of the...

    follow lens advice. block the very top of the door and push very hard on the bottom corner. you may have to "bounce" it a few times. it's surprising how much you can twist the door. you might not get...
  50. i thought spi was just epoxy and clear. i heard...

    i thought spi was just epoxy and clear. i heard their prices were good but i haven't looked at the website. it would be interesting to see an online supplier do factory colors, we have 1 store in the...
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