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    You can fix the one you have but it isnít as...

    You can fix the one you have but it isnít as cheap as you may think. Body filler wonít work. The cracks will come back in a short time. You will have to open up all the cracks with a grinder and fill...
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    I feel like Iíve lost my powers of observation....

    I feel like Iíve lost my powers of observation. Your license plate shows what part of the country youíre in and I could have been a little more helpful by narrowing the search to your neighborhood...
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    I donít know where you live so I did a nationwide...

    I donít know where you live so I did a nationwide search on www.car-part.com and found a silver tire cover in South Carolina for $125 and several silver rear door assemblies for less than $200. You...
  4. The gun needs 10 PSI at the air cap as per...

    The gun needs 10 PSI at the air cap as per government regulation but you need to apply more pressure at the hose to get that. Bump the pressure up to 30 or 40 at the base if the gun with the trigger...
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    As for removing the wheel, do it whether itís...

    As for removing the wheel, do it whether itís needed or not, you will appreciate the extra room to work. You probably wonít hurt the tire but the rim is another story. Grinding sparks can do a lot of...
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    Iíve had good luck with those stains using a clay...

    Iíve had good luck with those stains using a clay bar. Itís a little labor intensive but it is safe for the paint.

    Bob K
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    I did a lot of work in the past fixing small...

    I did a lot of work in the past fixing small dings on fenders and finally realized that fenders are so cheap that I replace them now any time I can get a new one from Certifit.

    To answer your...
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    How good it looks in the end is proportional to...

    How good it looks in the end is proportional to the effort you put into preping it. I donít know how aggressive your DA is and what grit you used but there are probably variations in the level in old...
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    Remember, itís just sheet metal. A hammer makes...

    Remember, itís just sheet metal. A hammer makes it go anywhere he wants it. After all the guy is fixing a series of dents. Whatís one more dent?

    Bob K
  10. I just looked at my CertiFit catalog and it looks...

    I just looked at my CertiFit catalog and it looks like they have most of what you need. My experience has been that new condensers and radiators from them cost about the same as used parts. Iíve been...
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    That's an example of a place where the price...

    That's an example of a place where the price should not be a factor. Go with the best certification you can find no matter what the price. The price of failure at the worst possible moment could be...
  12. What they told me at the store is that you have...

    What they told me at the store is that you have to open the fixture up and take the balest out of the circuit and wire the LED to the 120 volt line. I havenít done it yet but may need to when the...
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    You will have a lot left over so consider what...

    You will have a lot left over so consider what size you will want to inventory and use in the future. The thin stuff is easy to make curves with and thatís what I have, about 1/8 inch. After you mark...
  14. That sounds like a good idea but itís more stuff...

    That sounds like a good idea but itís more stuff to have on the gun and it might cause a bit of a control problem along with getting a lot of overspray on the lens. Iíve got a lamp that I strap over...
  15. One more thing came to mind today as I was...

    One more thing came to mind today as I was setting my gun up for a job. I remembered you said just before the gun you had a regulator then a desiccant dryer. Was the pressure gauge on the regulator?...
  16. Do you set the air pressure to the gun with the...

    Do you set the air pressure to the gun with the trigger pulled? As I said before, increase the air pressure even above what the gun calls for. When the pressure is correct a lot of the solvent...
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    Did they show you a warranty document that stated...

    Did they show you a warranty document that stated the compressor needed to be outside to be covered under warranty? I think that was a made up statement to get you to go away. They already had lost...
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    3/4" pipe adds a lot of restriction due to the...

    3/4" pipe adds a lot of restriction due to the small diameter and relative low pressure in the system. 2" pipe is cheep and will restrict the air flow a lot less. I can't say anything about the out...
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    I don't think I've used sealer for 10 years or...

    I don't think I've used sealer for 10 years or more. If you use good base coat it should cover in two coats, three if you want insurance. Go for it. It's nice to know what the problem was. It never...
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    If you got it fixed tell us about it. It's nice...

    If you got it fixed tell us about it. It's nice to have both sides of the coin. We all get problems once in a while and it's nice to know how the fix went down.

    Bob K
  21. You can cause those same solvent pop craters by...

    You can cause those same solvent pop craters by reducing the pressure on your gun. You get a good looking clear coat application but the craters will show up in time. Try adding 10 PSI over your...
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    If you could run 2 ea 10í lines horizontally you...

    If you could run 2 ea 10í lines horizontally you could do without the drain taps on each leg. Run a line straight to the wall from your compressor and turn the line 90 degrees with the fitting...
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    Donít think of it as wasted product, think of it...

    Donít think of it as wasted product, think of it as better outcome.

    Bob K
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    Did you set the gun pressure with the trigger...

    Did you set the gun pressure with the trigger pulled as you should? Did you use the recommended pressure for that product as per the gun manufacturers recommendations? Iíve done some tests to see how...
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    I donít think there is anything wrong with your...

    I donít think there is anything wrong with your primer surfacer but the epoxy doesnít look like it cured. Was it warm enough to spray the epoxy? Was the correct hardener used? Were both epoxy...
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    Yes, air bag module, and no not the front bumper...

    Yes, air bag module, and no not the front bumper but just the cover so you can see the collision sensors and the wires that go into the loom. You donít have to open the entire loom but follow it to...
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    Are you up to working on this yourself? It can...

    Are you up to working on this yourself? It can be tricky to get things right. You need to be aware of all the components on your car and be able to check all of the wiring, find all the sensors and...
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    I would be inclined to wash it with Dawn with a...

    I would be inclined to wash it with Dawn with a good scrub brush. When dry I would go over it with wax and grease remover then scuff it with 800 grit and paint it. If it's chipped I would feather the...
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    Set the wall regulator to something like 80 psi,...

    Set the wall regulator to something like 80 psi, then set the pressure at the gun to the pressure called for by the gun manufacturer while the trigger is fully pulled. If you change the fan pattern...
  30. I said that to reduce the chances of cutting the...

    I said that to reduce the chances of cutting the paint off the sharp edges. 1200 cut slowly but you only have the tops of the nibs to remove so being careful you should be able to get a paintable...
  31. Try a quarter sheet of 1200 grit. Fold it in...

    Try a quarter sheet of 1200 grit. Fold it in thirds and use your index finger for backing. Use it wet to keep it from plugging and be careful. When it no longer sands turn it over and sand with the...
  32. Thread: Paint guns

    by Bob K
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    I wouldn't set a cutoff price but I can say I...

    I wouldn't set a cutoff price but I can say I have an FLG 3 with a 1.3, 1.8 and a 2.2 tip that I used as my primary gun for many years. The FLG 4 is a newer improved model. I got a more expensive gun...
  33. Thread: Advice needed

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    If the car was totaled for hurricane damage, then...

    If the car was totaled for hurricane damage, then it wasn't for that dent, it was for flooding and the flood damage usually causes electrical problem after corrosion builds in many of the electrical...
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    You ask if spraying with Slick Sand is necessary....

    You ask if spraying with Slick Sand is necessary. The way I look at it is, I spray Slick Sand "IF" it's necessary and I don't do it very often. To be truthful I spray Feather Fill G2 instead. That's...
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    Filler is pours so it absorbs the primer. I...

    Filler is pours so it absorbs the primer. I always put 2k surfacer on top of filler and wet sand it. If there is a lot of metal showing I put the epoxy on the metal and don't try to prevent it from...
  36. Just a couple random thoughts as I have done some...

    Just a couple random thoughts as I have done some of this kind of work the same way. As for using the fork lifts as dead weight I've found you can drag them around with surprisingly small effort. I...
  37. 80 grit scratch on metal is much shallower than...

    80 grit scratch on metal is much shallower than 80 grit scratch on filler because the filler is so much softer. The deeper scratch on filler leaves the next coat thicker in the scratch channel. When...
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    It's not the history of the box that's important...

    It's not the history of the box that's important here, it's the future use that demands maximum bond.

    Bob K
  39. In place of the poly I would use 2k urethane...

    In place of the poly I would use 2k urethane surfacer and wet sand it with guide coat unless there is damage on the metal that needs a thin coat of filler. After I spray poly on I still use surfacer...
  40. Thread: Clearcoat issue

    by Bob K
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    Keep in mind that you may be putting each coat on...

    Keep in mind that you may be putting each coat on to thick. This happens when you spray with the pressure to the gun to low. The clear goes on without loosing enough of the solvent into the air. I...
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    I found quite a few fuse boxes in NJ for $75 to...

    I found quite a few fuse boxes in NJ for $75 to $135 on www.car-part.com You can enter your car in the search box, select the part and search by distance to find the parts near you and the price for...
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    A pint of black base coat goes a long way and if...

    A pint of black base coat goes a long way and if I use the code it matches up quite well. I've never seen multiple variants for a black car, but on the other hand I haven't painted many black ones. I...
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    No personal experience except at the dentist that...

    No personal experience except at the dentist that cures the composite fillings I've gotten with a UV light. Takes about 10 seconds. I've watched some video clips from cabinet shops that use UV for...
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    Look into ultraviolet lamps. They are safer from...

    Look into ultraviolet lamps. They are safer from a fire standpoint as they don't operate as hot in my opinion. More dangers to human contact though so they need to be shielded.

    Bob K
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    I just put a 300 watt LED on the outside of my...

    I just put a 300 watt LED on the outside of my garage for the back yard. It's 30000 lumens. I've been thinking about putting another one on the inside too. I'll need to use sun glasses when I work in...
  46. As to sanding, most epoxy is hard to sand. It...

    As to sanding, most epoxy is hard to sand. It plugs up the paper. I put surfacer on it right after applying it. By right after I mean minutes after it's dry. Then I wet sand the surfacer with guide...
  47. I know it's cheaper by the gallon but I buy my...

    I know it's cheaper by the gallon but I buy my Omni epoxy by the quart for $35.50 and pint of hardener for $12.82. That's $193.28 for 1.5 gallons ready to spray. I don't like big cans of partiality...
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    Thanks from me too Phil. In a month or so I'm...

    Thanks from me too Phil. In a month or so I'm going to paint a skid steer and I've been contemplating what I could do to keep overspray off all the lines I don't want yellow paint on. It's a masking...
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    I've pulled the engine and transmission out of...

    I've pulled the engine and transmission out of newer cars to do repairs and found it extremely easy to paint the engine compartment. It sounds like you have 90% of the work done already and if you do...
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    An addendum to my first post. Since I was not...

    An addendum to my first post. Since I was not familiar with the Meguires products you were using a did a little reading up on them. If you used the rubbing compound at 1000 RPM's I think that may be...
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