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  1. i think the 2k primer over the epoxy was a good...

    i think the 2k primer over the epoxy was a good idea. like you say, you've got all winter to block it out. i'd have done the same thing. i find blocking to be quite relaxing, clears my mind from all...
  2. Thread: Sander ?

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    kinda depends on your expectations i think. that...

    kinda depends on your expectations i think. that sander probably has a fairly long throw, and may not tolerate wet sanding. i think i'd hand sand rather than use that.
    (assuming you're talking about...
  3. Thread: 1940s gas pump

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    i stopped on my way to the coast to catch a...

    i stopped on my way to the coast to catch a picture of that retro shell station i mentioned. unfortunately, it looks like he's shut down the ice cream shop. no mention if it's going to reopen. the...
  4. Thread: 1940s gas pump

    by bmarler
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    sweet! another good thread to follow. there's a...

    sweet! another good thread to follow. there's a guy out here that put a little replica station together and put in a soda fountain/ ice cream shop inside. he did a shell theme and his pumps are...
  5. i know all about getting parts from "across the...

    i know all about getting parts from "across the pond" as they say. i have a couple of 60" vintage lancia cars. both are coachbuilt, body panels have to be made from scratch typically. trim pieces?...
  6. in addition, i paint things in pieces when it...

    in addition, i paint things in pieces when it makes sense to do so. on a solid color it is not really a problem, metallic is a whole 'nother story. i use clear wrap (track tape) for assembly so i...
  7. if i understand correctly, your epoxy is...

    if i understand correctly, your epoxy is different color, but you're putting 2k urethane primer over the top of it. there's absolutely no reason you can't do this. the urethane will bring everything...
  8. there aren't any shortcuts to a quality job....

    there aren't any shortcuts to a quality job. primer is about the quickest and easiest thing there is to apply. the alternative, if there aren't burn throughs to filler, would be sealer. if it's just...
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    that looks just like the ketchup bottle i use....

    that looks just like the ketchup bottle i use. just clear instead of red.
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    i did mine with products from this...

    i did mine with products from this company:https://www.cerakote.com/project-gallery?htids=Headers
    i've never had much luck with high temp spray paints, they burn off too quickly for my liking.
    the...
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    why not ceramic? you can do it yourself.

    why not ceramic? you can do it yourself.
  12. Thread: body filler

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    i'm skeptical of anything with only one part.

    i'm skeptical of anything with only one part.
  13. Thread: Bare Metal

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    len's right, it depends on the plastic. some are...

    len's right, it depends on the plastic. some are immune to solvents and will last almost indefinitely. others will melt at first contact. please do try the solvent, you won't be disappointed.
  14. Thread: Die-Back

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    i like to use a dedicated urethane sealer. it...

    i like to use a dedicated urethane sealer. it lays out like glass and helps to fill that micro texture the primer has. i know you'd think that the urethane primer is a sealer of sorts, it's not...
  15. Thread: Bare Metal

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    probably the best penetrating solvent i've ever...

    probably the best penetrating solvent i've ever used is a home brew of 50/50 acetone and atf. i keep it in one of those plastic ketchup bottles with the squirt top. it really works if you plan ahead...
  16. Thread: Bare Metal

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    the problem he had, if i'm not mistaken, was that...

    the problem he had, if i'm not mistaken, was that he couldn't remove the hinge from the car. my little italian cars have the hinges welded in place so it's impossible to remove them from the car....
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    from here it just looks like surface corrosion....

    from here it just looks like surface corrosion. but pictures can be misleading. ford didn't paint everything under their vehicles, and what they did paint was a half hearted attempt at best. it's not...
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    thanks for that ron, the pictures you post are...

    thanks for that ron, the pictures you post are really informative for people tackling these issues. your longer tubes look like a good fix for those pesky drain tubes. your method of replacing the...
  19. Thread: Bare Metal

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    very good progress i see. you're really doing...

    very good progress i see. you're really doing good work there.
    i've had welded door hinges give me trouble now and then, i found that an air chisel with a pointed bit can break them loose. you can...
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    x2 on that. plus, you get a real good view of the...

    x2 on that. plus, you get a real good view of the base metal after blasting. that's rust prone area to be sure.
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    i haven't tried the rubber roller bob mentions,...

    i haven't tried the rubber roller bob mentions, might be a good method? i usually use one shot when i do stuff like that. you can add hardener to it if you want, and it covers really well.
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    i think that's a fair assumption. i don't know of...

    i think that's a fair assumption. i don't know of anyone around our area that refers to a trailer as a caravan.
  23. Thread: Bare Metal

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    as usual, phil gives good advice. i would only...

    as usual, phil gives good advice. i would only add, just to be mindful of how long you leave your parts in bare metal. you'll have to decide how long you can leave it uncovered, based on temp,...
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    be careful using the 4-1/2 inch grinder on sheet...

    be careful using the 4-1/2 inch grinder on sheet metal, you can overheat pretty quickly. if i'm using a small grinder for stripping paint i'll use those stripping pads, not sanding discs. typically,...
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    there are shrouds available that hook to sanders...

    there are shrouds available that hook to sanders to vacuum the dust as you grind the paint off, but you'll have to see if you really need it. doing one panel at a time keeps it fairly manageable, but...
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    the best relationships are true partnerships....

    the best relationships are true partnerships. each partner carries their own weight. i have this with my wife as well, and it's been amazing. i just needed to relax my expectations of perfection when...
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    i knew you'd appreciate how well that stuff...

    i knew you'd appreciate how well that stuff works. keep it bagged up when not using it so it doesn't dry out.
    sharing information is where it's at, i'm a firm believer in passing on anything i feel...
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    another vote for the 77. i used that stuff to...

    another vote for the 77. i used that stuff to glue a plastic enclosure together last year and it held up through the entire winter storm season. it's my go-to adhesive if i'm not loading up the spray...
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    wow. just, wow. that is superb work. end of...

    wow. just, wow.
    that is superb work. end of story.
    i just love looking at this, the rusty, bent, seemingly unimaginable thing to have dug from the earth from behind some old timers barn. destined...
  30. just thinking, i don't know how these flares were...

    just thinking, i don't know how these flares were prepared as delivered. if they had some sort of primer on them, like when you buy a fender with e-coat on it, more primer may not be required. if the...
  31. primer may not be required for the paint to look...

    primer may not be required for the paint to look good right now, but down the road it may start to show as easy chipping, or worse, coming off in large chunks. like i said, there are painters that do...
  32. are they fiberglass or plastic? if they're...

    are they fiberglass or plastic? if they're plastic like bumper covers you should use adhesion promoter. if they're fiberglass, i always use epoxy before paint. an epoxy sealer will be a good choice...
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    i love that. i love when someone points out...

    i love that. i love when someone points out something so simple that you think to yourself, how can it be that i never thought of that?
    thanks for posting.
    i'm assuming you cut those on a table saw...
  34. i should also mention, the second and third coats...

    i should also mention, the second and third coats should be at least medium wet. don't go so light that you make dry spray or too much orange peel. watch the paint hit the panel so you make sure it's...
  35. it takes a while for the paint to set so hard...

    it takes a while for the paint to set so hard that the next coat won't melt in. i don't think you'll have that problem. you actually want it to flash pretty well before applying the next coat. i will...
  36. Thread: Army Truck

    by bmarler
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    oops, just looked at the picture again, there is...

    oops, just looked at the picture again, there is a lot of extra gear to paint. can't wait to see the end product.
  37. Thread: Army Truck

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    complicated, i don't think that's what the army...

    complicated, i don't think that's what the army had in mind when painting their rigs.
    when you're doing a sympathetic restoration on something like that the end product is way nicer than what it...
  38. if you mask one half of the roof down the middle...

    if you mask one half of the roof down the middle you'll have a hard line to deal with. if you leave it all exposed and only paint half there'll be overspray. i'd set up some scaffolding down both...
  39. i thought he was starting with a new hitch. but...

    i thought he was starting with a new hitch.
    but you're right, if it's already rusty, blast it.
  40. there's a couple of options i'd consider. zero...

    there's a couple of options i'd consider. zero rust or rustoleum in black if you want it to disappear underneath the car, touch up as needed, or cold galvanizing spray paint. cold galvanize is silver...
  41. Thread: Filler on wood

    by bmarler
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    that's a good point. i use fiberglass fillers...

    that's a good point. i use fiberglass fillers too, depending on what i'm working on. on some exterior stuff i'll use epoxy thickened with wood flour or fine sawdust too. it's just harder to sand.
  42. Thread: Filler on wood

    by bmarler
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    the regular polyester fillers that we use for...

    the regular polyester fillers that we use for bodywork will bond perfectly to wood, i do it all the time. just be sure to blow it off well to get rid of any dust on the surface.
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    i have the little cut off saw, it's really great....

    i have the little cut off saw, it's really great. i actually got it for my wife to do cut outs on electrical boxes for fitting panel instruments, but i use it for sheet metal work too. it's small,...
  44. must have been a pretty heavy ice scraper to dent...

    must have been a pretty heavy ice scraper to dent the top of the panel like that :)
    if you don't care what it looks like, just sand it out, hit it with some sort of rust converter like picklex or...
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    the thin block will help, but i would look for...

    the thin block will help, but i would look for something a little longer and narrower, and just a tad firmer. i make mine from pieces of smooth rubber sheet, 3/4 thick. they will flex to the radius...
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    getting round things flat can be very...

    getting round things flat can be very challenging. you will probably find the dura blocks will be too stiff for the tight radius sections you're working on. i keep a bunch of different hardness...
  47. Thread: Solvent pop

    by bmarler
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    len has a point about the orange peel. i was...

    len has a point about the orange peel. i was assuming you didn't think it looked like this when it was received from the shop. if it did indeed have the orange peel as delivered then sanding and...
  48. Thread: Solvent pop

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    i don't use old hardener on anything i care about...

    i don't use old hardener on anything i care about so i couldn't say. i've not had it be a problem on the less important things i've used it on though. but if it's been opened for more than a couple...
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    i must be missing your strategy on what you're...

    i must be missing your strategy on what you're going to paint. are you keeping the existing color and just trying to preserve it? if that's the case and you're just shooting clear you might be able...
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    just looking at the coatings store website, it...

    just looking at the coatings store website, it doesn't seem like there's much in the way of single stage. the single stage kits were pretty cost effective, and good for old cars. now it looks like...
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