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    Lots of great reading here & input from all. ...

    Lots of great reading here & input from all.

    One thing I would do is just check with your state DMV. Here is Wisconsin a vehicle that is 15 years old like yours would not end up with a salvage...
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    I would agree on that. The Li-ion M18 series...

    I would agree on that. The Li-ion M18 series batteries do charge pretty quickly though. I am curious how long they last vs charge on polishing work. Thats a non stop workout. Would sure be...
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    I still use my 25+ year old milwaukee rotary for...

    I still use my 25+ year old milwaukee rotary for my first cut on something sanded, or needing a really good cut. Been using that & nothing else but different pads for as long as I can remember. ...
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    I also have flexzilla hoses. They are...

    I also have flexzilla hoses. They are lightweight & well...... very flexible.
    Only downsides is they are not as tough as the traditional Goodyear type hoses & they do collect dirt & cleaning them...
  5. Thought about that, & yes the local jobber has a...

    Thought about that, & yes the local jobber has a scanner. There is a nice flat panel in the front. I was just trying to avoid the automotive grade price & find something in implement grade. Tough,...
  6. Anyone know of a source for JLG's Orange?

    Just wondering if any of you guys know of a formula, or maybe even a supplier that has JLG's Orange in a 2k single stage product?
    The the JLG part suppliers have rattle cans & gallons which is fine...
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    There is really no way to completely hide it imo...

    There is really no way to completely hide it imo depending on how close you want to look. I have sanded the transition area in the jamb with 800 tape rolled over that, tried to avoid spraying BC...
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    Good looking machine & that 5HP motor looks huge!...

    Good looking machine & that 5HP motor looks huge!

    I have often wondered what the bottom of my tank looks like. Was new in 2002 ish. I drain it a few times a year when I think of it. Got...
  9. That makes a lot of sense, my old tig & my...

    That makes a lot of sense, my old tig & my current mig both have/Had large rear wheels, casters in the front. I didn't really see the need for that because my floor is flat, but I could see...
  10. I have seen some of the newer & smaller carts but...

    I have seen some of the newer & smaller carts but not much made for the big old transformer based machines. Over the years, they have been getting smaller & smaller. Seems impossible that those...
  11. Welding Carts.... What do you roll around your shop?

    Curious what you guys use to roll your welding equipment around?
    I still have older heavy transformer based machines that are a bit large & heavy, But I like them. I recently picked up a Miller...
  12. When I buy BC's, I usually just grit my teeth &...

    When I buy BC's, I usually just grit my teeth & pretend that I am paying property taxes. Some colors are sooooo absurd. The worst to date was when I painted my 68 GTO a few years back. I paid...
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    Was this method to correct paint blends, or...

    Was this method to correct paint blends, or accidental metallic issues? I could see that happening. A few times when I was unsure what would happen with clear I would let the base sit for a couple...
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    What did you reduce it with? SPI is fairly...

    What did you reduce it with? SPI is fairly forgiving, unless you put on too much at once. There is a thin line with SPI, where you need to put on enough to lay down flat, but a little too much...
  15. Thread: Car cover

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    90% sure this is what I bought in medium size. ...

    90% sure this is what I bought in medium size. Well, its the same store I bought it from years ago & looks like the same fabric. I have one on a Iroc & a GTA, they fit really nice & they are...
  16. Thread: Car cover

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    Great Thread. I was looking for a fitted cover...

    Great Thread. I was looking for a fitted cover for a car & have bought many cheapo universal indoor (rated for outdoor) covers. They work fine, been using them for many years, but started looking...
  17. Thread: masking tape

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    Might be worth mentioning that sometimes you have...

    Might be worth mentioning that sometimes you have to be careful taping off cured, but still relatively fresh paint. Solvents keep escaping for many weeks & at a lower level its months & the solvents...
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    Also depends on the color. I would be spraying a...

    Also depends on the color. I would be spraying a card at the same time to make sure you have enough. I have had reds, blues & some yellows that don't cover well, & others that cover in 1-2 coats. ...
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    Probably Not Like I should........ :( When I...

    Probably Not Like I should........ :(

    When I buy a new gun I treat it like a new car. Clean the heck out of it every time. But eventually it gets paint in areas that don't come off easy &...
  20. 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...
  21. 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...
  23. 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...
  24. 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...
  25. 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...
  26. 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...
  27. 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...
  43. 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...
  44. 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...
  45. 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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