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  1. Looked like fish-eyes immediately to me as well....

    Looked like fish-eyes immediately to me as well.

    I keep an air hose that only ever gets hooked up after the clean air filter system and is dedicated purely to paint spraying to avoid issues like...
  2. Thread: Butt Welding

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    Flux is just what I had available when I started....

    Flux is just what I had available when I started. The welder was a little 110v miller that didn't even have all the parts to attach a bottle. Welders have been updated but I have not welded a panel...
  3. Thread: Butt Welding

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    I've only done laps so far in my hacky-hobby...

    I've only done laps so far in my hacky-hobby life, but I would imagine that the wire diameter is going to depend as much on your skill level and the metal thickness as anything else. That said --...
  4. Thread: Butt Welding

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    That's not a scam, btw, just a friendly video.

    That's not a scam, btw, just a friendly video.
  5. Thread: Butt Welding

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    https://getyarn.io/yarn-clip/65292a90-0163-48af-83...

    https://getyarn.io/yarn-clip/65292a90-0163-48af-83a5-a6a35790e80b
  6. Accurate-ish.

    Accurate-ish.
  7. Yep, good luck spraying 1 quart of that stuff...

    Yep, good luck spraying 1 quart of that stuff before it dries without 3 other guys helping!
  8. I actually had a totally different experience...

    I actually had a totally different experience once upon a time with it. I just waited a couple days when I didn't mix enough and it got harder than hell to sand it by that point.

    I hate measuring...
  9. Thread: Primer Question

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    I also wanted to ask about what temperature you...

    I also wanted to ask about what temperature you were spraying at, but forgot to. Please inform us of that. Slow reducer will help you, or slow activator if they have it.

    Be conscious of where your...
  10. Thread: Primer Question

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    Note that they were likely also recommending the...

    Note that they were likely also recommending the FINISHED grit at 400-600. You may need to work your way up to that grit, especially now that you have some other issues to deal with.
  11. Thread: Primer Question

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    What kind of primer? Sounds like you are...

    What kind of primer? Sounds like you are describing primer surfacer/filler giving you some dry spray. I'd sand it smooth and do another coat/sand smooth or use a sealer.

    I think from what you said...
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    Mostly replying to subscribe, but why the extra...

    Mostly replying to subscribe, but why the extra pressure? Have you tried adding 10-15% thinner instead?
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    That's a bit different experience from what I've...

    That's a bit different experience from what I've had. They ALWAYS would grab the Transtar stuff by default.
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    This makes sense, but the point I'm making is...

    This makes sense, but the point I'm making is that these name brand companies have dealers which sell the off brands. The dealer I was buying Transtar products from was a DuPont dealer at the...
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    I think the real question to ask here is: will...

    I think the real question to ask here is: will the sealer hide the 400 scratches?
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    I have used Transtar's stuff as well with 0 issue...

    I have used Transtar's stuff as well with 0 issue (clearcoat and build primer). However I have also used Nason clearcoats, similarly priced and also the actual "brand" that the store deals in with...
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    For some reason paint stores seem to pawn these...

    For some reason paint stores seem to pawn these other lines of clearcoats off on hobbyists. SEM/Transtar/UPOL...No idea why. They do the same with primers.
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    Is that red metallic? I don't pick that up on my...

    Is that red metallic? I don't pick that up on my monitor but assume so since there's a match discussion.
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    Are the cupholders magnetic?

    I was starting to wonder how things don't fall out of the T-tops.
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    I'm with you for the most part on this, however...

    I'm with you for the most part on this, however this particular point would seem to contradict 2 things:
    1. Clearcoat becoming harder to buff as time progresses
    2. The fact that paint SMELLS for...
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    [QUOTE=Phil V;366618]those paper dust mask don't...

    [QUOTE=Phil V;366618]those paper dust mask don't seal worth a damn. /QUOTE]

    No kidding...I'm actually surprised that companies like 3M even sell the dang things. I have no use for them...if there...
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    I always protect myself asbestos I can. ...

    I always protect myself asbestos I can.

    Seriously people that think it's dumb are dumb. "It doesn't bother me..." is often quoted. See if that holds up when you are 70!
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    Yep. Heck I wear one any time I can. Same with...

    Yep. Heck I wear one any time I can. Same with earplugs.

    Try convincing a farmer to do the same and see where you get. Then read about things like COPD and farmer's lung. What a shame. Any dust is...
  24. POR15 dries to a very hard, SLICK coating and...

    POR15 dries to a very hard, SLICK coating and paint will not stick to it after cured...you'll have to scuff the crap out of it yet again down inside those pits and POR doesn't scuff nicely.

    Be...
  25. Thread: Paint guns

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    we were fooled!

    It is kind of funny how we were all fooled by the new technology of HVLP 20 years ago by flashy marketing! I've seen a lot of comparisons and opinions on which one actually saves material, and to me...
  26. Thread: Paint guns

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    So true. The best thing I did for myself was drop...

    So true. The best thing I did for myself was drop the HVLP and move to the HTE. I bought a Tekna copper on ebay a long time ago and sold it before I ever even used it...now I wish I hadn't LOL....
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    To be clear, I'm saying you should spend the...

    To be clear, I'm saying you should spend the extra time to get the rust out of the pits, not removing the pits. Your surfacer will take care of them.
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    That first pic looks quite a bit worse than the...

    That first pic looks quite a bit worse than the second and almost looks like it is clear through. Is it not?

    Second one looks smooth enough that you can sand it out or work at it a little more...
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    It looks to me like seeing what is behind those...

    It looks to me like seeing what is behind those headlights will tell you as much as anything else.
  30. Thread: Paint guns

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    There it is! :) Yeah, they have their place....

    There it is! :)

    Yeah, they have their place. Do they make one with a bigger tip? Seems like they'd be my go to polyester gun if I wanted to use it, but I only ever see a 1.4 tip. Northern has a...
  31. Thread: Paint guns

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    just don't go to HF

    Hey, you're at least speaking from some decent logic. Speaking of Harbor Freight, I'm still waiting for the guy to show up saying "Just get the HF purple gun they are great!" OMG! There is always...
  32. Thread: Paint guns

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    I've learned already at the ripe age of 32 that...

    I've learned already at the ripe age of 32 that just buying good tools to start out is the only way to go.

    Get a $300 gun and don't like the hobby after 1 job? Sell it for $275...and remember how...
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    A regulator "needs" set at the gun as stated. If...

    A regulator "needs" set at the gun as stated. If it is a cheater valve and not a true diaphragm regulator, then you still need a regulator upstream somewhere to keep the pressure consistent.

    Spray...
  34. To word it another way, everyone in this thread...

    To word it another way, everyone in this thread may have their own 1-10 scale to rate paint jobs. Our 10 being the best may not be consistent between us.

    Now if we all look at a rattle can 2k...
  35. I agree with you mostly. I am not in denial about...

    I agree with you mostly. I am not in denial about rattle can finishes by any stretch. I think the 2 of us might have some disparity in our assumption of HOW BAD the OP"s finish actually is.

    I'm...
  36. I'm not the one that used the paint; I don't have...

    I'm not the one that used the paint; I don't have any wants from it whatsoever.

    The expectation isn't to get something that competes with the finishes you mention, it is to get something...
  37. Thread: Paint guns

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    I think you misquoted -- The FLG4- mentioned...

    I think you misquoted --

    The FLG4- mentioned is the gun similar to what is in your photo. I mentioned an FLG-5/SGK in my post. I've never used either but the price point on the SGK + the...
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    scuffing with 80

    IMO, if you "scuff" that with 80 grit, you will be stripped to bare metal.
  39. Thread: Paint guns

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    Are they ever! First good gun I got after having...

    Are they ever! First good gun I got after having a Finex. I'm not sure if my Finex was defective from the factory or what. I couldn't move fast enough with it and the pattern was too narrow. People...
  40. Yeah...I can't believe that would happen either....

    Yeah...I can't believe that would happen either. Surely enough people would complain about a bad batch that a phone call could get a free replacement, if so.

    My next guess is that the temp was...
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    Yeah, clear fills pretty good or it seems to. In...

    Yeah, clear fills pretty good or it seems to. In fact before I knew anything but thought I knew everything (Probably still in this era LOL) I sanded clear coat with 400 to have work done over it and...
  42. Thread: Paint guns

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    I'm a little late to the party but... Don't...

    I'm a little late to the party but...

    Don't restrict yourself to HVLP if you don't have to. It is in existence because of emissions compliance but the marketing guys have put a good spin on it for...
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    No reason to go back to square 1. There are loads...

    No reason to go back to square 1. There are loads of cars with clear over old paint going up and down the road. The rep you are talking to is probably playing it safe as well as possibly not taking...
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    I almost went back and edited to either emphasize...

    I almost went back and edited to either emphasize that it would be a MINIMUM of a 2.0 tip or a 2.5.

    The big tip really is important in keeping you moving and keeping dry spray to a minimum.
    ...
  45. I would guess holding the can too far back from...

    I would guess holding the can too far back from the panel in order to get a "big" pattern is what happened.
  46. "start over"

    With the things you listed...

    Fix the things you have identified, get the surface sanded back smooth and scuffed, and respray another 2-3 coats.

    Do the box and cab in separate sessions to keep...
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    A couple things I haven't seen mentioned: 1....

    A couple things I haven't seen mentioned:

    1. Before you start sanding 2K build primer make sure you let it dry 24+ hours. It will be "sandable" within like a couple hours of spraying but it will...
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