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  1. Some basecoats change big time when cleared. I...

    Some basecoats change big time when cleared. I have some rattle cans of clear I use to spray over the cards. I wonder if that could be part of it?
    Sure looks like a completely different color in...
  2. wow, that doesn't even look like a variant of the...

    wow, that doesn't even look like a variant of the same color. I would agree, look for signs of a repaint & if you can remove a gas door or something bring that into your LPS. Might be better...
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    I agree with Len. I found that if you want stuff...

    I agree with Len. I found that if you want stuff stupid flat you have to start out very aggressive with the paper grits & work your way back out to polish, but once you get past 1000 grit your done...
  4. I have my parts list in with a local MTI (RC...

    I have my parts list in with a local MTI (RC trailers) dealer in town. Hopefully it will be reasonable.
    I found the side panels locally for $89 each (4x10) but that's about it. Trailer has a...
  5. Nice work Junk! Where did you get all the trim...

    Nice work Junk! Where did you get all the trim pieces for your project? Do you still have & use your trailer?

    I am currently rebuilding a 20' car hauler that was tossed in a bad storm a few...
  6. Agreed! Even the sewn wheel can grab edges if...

    Agreed! Even the sewn wheel can grab edges if your not careful & it happens so fast it's over before your aware of it. To me, the loose wheels seem negligibly better than light final passes with...
  7. Anybody here polish their own stainless trim?

    For those of you who do some stainless restoration work, I am curious what you use for final passes & polish on stainless trim. I use a loose 8" wheel with green stainless rouge & even with very...
  8. You mentioned your spraying thin coats so it...

    You mentioned your spraying thin coats so it doesn't go on too thick, but also said its one coat?

    If it's a few light coats back to back, its likely the same problem. too much too fast. If the...
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    same here. I think just about all the shops in...

    same here. I think just about all the shops in my area are going that way now. I'm too hesitant because I am not familiar with it. I have heard its great to spray but takes a lot longer to...
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    I use Omni 161 HS clear often, & in more recent...

    I use Omni 161 HS clear often, & in more recent years with slow 169 Hardener. I honestly wait 1 hour between coats. first coat of clear will be dang near dry to the touch, subsequent coats...
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    So far I think the biggest thing is the cost of...

    So far I think the biggest thing is the cost of buying everything needed. Will be a small chunk of cash for an experiment.
    I'm still trying to figure out what type of backing pad is needed for the...
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    Great info! I like that the actual products &...

    Great info! I like that the actual products & grits are called out.
    I am going to guess 180 would be the starting grit on anything a nail can catch.
    I learned quickly with stainless steel...
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    Speaking of wiper blades. Almost impossible to...

    Speaking of wiper blades. Almost impossible to find the old school stainless refills anymore. I recently bought a bunch of old stock Tricos that are no longer made for a few cars that use them. ...
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    Thats funny. All these years & I never knew...

    Thats funny. All these years & I never knew there was an emoji limit :D
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    So I am guessing the only chance of this process...

    So I am guessing the only chance of this process working is treating as if it was clear coat.

    If clear would have a deep scratch (assuming for the sake of argument that the clear is 6 coats thick)...
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    Glass polishing revisited

    I have been having a hard time locating some OEM glass for one of my project cars. I didn't realize that some of the scratches I saw in the glass were from a careless auto body tech many years ago....
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    It's really quite amazing how long it takes until...

    It's really quite amazing how long it takes until its all out & rock hard (not that we want it to be rock hard) ;)

    Years back when I did a sand & polish I used to do that within 3-4 days,...
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    I have been using the slowest hardener on...

    I have been using the slowest hardener on anything I am going to color sand & polish as I like to put a lot on & fear of solvent pop. Faster stuff if I am looking for an oem finish & just putting...
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    hardener speeds vs shrinking

    Not sure if anybody has any insight on this, but I am curious if anybody knows if the higher temp (slow) vs low temp (fast) hardeners in clear effect how quick they "completely" shrink up. High...
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    Sorry, I guess I should have mentioned the quart...

    Sorry, I guess I should have mentioned the quart can is RTS also. no reduction. :redface:

    Here's the TDS ...
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    What's wrong with my math?

    I am a big fan of SEM's flexible interior "color coat" paint. I have been buying it in quarts for many years. Current price on a quart is around $50-$58 depending on the LPS selling it. The...
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    Metal expansion & contraction rates

    Anybody know the formula of sheet metal expansion with temperature change? no doubt thats specific to type of steel, thickness etc, but just curious if anybody here ever studied how much a typical...
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    I patched a 5th wheel hole in a box & used a...

    I patched a 5th wheel hole in a box & used a donor patch panel from a damaged box that had a linex liner. When I removed the linex from the patch section, I was surprised to see the bed looked like...
  24. I agree. Both good products & your base should...

    I agree. Both good products & your base should be fine over either substrate, But Theres a slight chance the solvents in your BC messing with the edges of the sanded though primers, Unless your...
  25. That makes sense. On a side note, I just called...

    That makes sense. On a side note, I just called the LPS & the PPG/Omni agent is now $75 pr qt. What the heck?
    Aren't most all flattening agents made from a type of paraffin? I could have sworn it...
  26. skipping the first coat of flattened SS. Anybody ever do that?

    Given the nature of flattening agents I am curious if any of you guys have ever sprayed the first coat in std ratios for full gloss, then followed up with the flattened ratios for the 2nd coat. ...
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    Just found out that the trim black euro in quarts...

    Just found out that the trim black euro in quarts is no longer available. It would appear that its rattle can only & available in three sheen levels. & no longer called Euro. Sorry for the...
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    That would make sense. I can't help but think it...

    That would make sense. I can't help but think it used to say reduce with lacquer thinner years ago. I don't normally go outside the mfg directions unless
    its by complete accident. ...
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    Good Question & I am not sure. Years back I...

    Good Question & I am not sure. Years back I reduced it with lacquer thinner until reading the tech sheets that only say its "acrylic" & to reduce with a quality urethane reducer. So I started...
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    you will know, it goes from wet to satin looking...

    you will know, it goes from wet to satin looking fairly quick. If I had to guess maybe 10-20 minutes max? If you get a spec in it, you can lightly wet sand with 1200ish, blow it off & recoat. ...
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    1:1 is usually pretty good, but use a slow...

    1:1 is usually pretty good, but use a slow reducer if you have it. A couple extra coats is no big deal if you need it dries so fast. Compared to flattened SS paints I have sprayed I would say its...
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    I know the omni conversation comes up a lot, but...

    I know the omni conversation comes up a lot, but their plus line is pretty good. the MBC base I would not even use on a wheel barrel. :) I feel the same about the omni epoxy primer. Tried it &...
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    Are you sure its not just separating & looks...

    Are you sure its not just separating & looks milky? Some BC colors can look so strange as things loose their suspension post mixing. I am guessing reducers could effect that even more. Just a...
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    Is there anyway to separate them, paint them...

    Is there anyway to separate them, paint them individually & re-assemble with a parting line, or would the look horribly incorrect for the car? I am not familiar with the model vehicle & what it...
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    Weird though how it looks like dots. imo if it...

    Weird though how it looks like dots. imo if it was primer, That would mean you smoked though the Clear & Base. I wouldn't think it would look so uniform in that case? So hard to tell from those...
  36. About 20 years ago I painted a camaro. It was a...

    About 20 years ago I painted a camaro. It was a flipper car with a pile of miles on it. I opted for brand "C" off the shelf for paint products at my LPS. After unmasking I rolled the car out side...
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    Yes, I believe thats correct. I don't have the...

    Yes, I believe thats correct. I don't have the correct harder thats listed. I put two coats of epoxy over the wheels after sand blasting. They are nothing special, I have had this quart of...
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    Was able to read the label after some cleaning....

    Was able to read the label after some cleaning.
    looks like 2/1/2 ratio. That seems like an extreme amount of harder
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    anyone have a mix sheet for PPG DAU-9300

    I have an old quart of DAU-9300, black acrylic SS paint. Still looks good & I wanted to use it up on some Forklift wheels I am going to repaint. Unfortunately the label has some paint over the...
  40. I Bought a case of blue shop towels at a local...

    I Bought a case of blue shop towels at a local store today. They for sure have less lint, but probably not as good as the krew towels your guys are using. I think I have historically relied too...
  41. So what are you guys using for cloths then, I...

    So what are you guys using for cloths then, I have been using regular paper toweling, but it does loose a lot of fibers. could be the source of some of the nibs I get.

    I Wonder if I should...
  42. Never knew those existed. :reading: When...

    Never knew those existed. :reading:
    When full, I have just been pouring them from the side similar to what Len mentioned.
    I always seem to spill a little with a fresh can. Interesting.
  43. That's a good point. I usually will wash panels...

    That's a good point. I usually will wash panels with soap & water prior to final masking, then W/G cleaner. W/G has almost no ability to
    clean much. water marks & other things will often...
  44. Windex on final prep.. Hmmm interesting. I have...

    Windex on final prep.. Hmmm interesting. I have been using paper toweling with W/G cleaner then tack rags right before base & then tack rags again between between coats of base. guess I have...
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    Folklore or fact on solvent evaporation.

    I have heard many years ago that making a first cut on fresh clear coat opens it up & lets the solvents escape quicker. Always seemed to make sense.
    I recently had a couple of spray cards with 2...
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    Speaking of heating the panels, its amazing how...

    Speaking of heating the panels, its amazing how much panel movement there is when they get hot. I have seen bodywork anomalies show up in lazer straight panels, that will then completely disappear...
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    So does that furnace double to help pressurize...

    So does that furnace double to help pressurize your booth as well? I have a very similar setup. I have a forced air furnace in the attic, but the cold air return is in the room I paint. I would...
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    How warm do those heaters get the panels? ...

    How warm do those heaters get the panels? Ironically I was just heating a panels with three separate space heaters to get it close to sunlight temperature. Wasn't trying anything, I Just wanted...
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    Never thought of purposely spraying the masking. ...

    Never thought of purposely spraying the masking. Coming into the cold time of year here. Only in the 40's today & I am spraying a few things later today. Wish I could keep the fan on...
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    Is that the old duramix base? I still have one...

    Is that the old duramix base? I still have one of those 4900 guns & mixing tips if it is.
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