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    the low temp hardener is not necessary, you're...

    the low temp hardener is not necessary, you're plenty close enough with what you have.
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    couple of things, most painters set their guns...

    couple of things, most painters set their guns pretty much wide open on fan and paint flow. then adjust your speed and distance to get the finish you want. you might want to go ahead and add reducer...
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    ron, tried to reply to your last message but...

    ron,
    tried to reply to your last message but your mailbox is full.
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    there's no figuring out the vw crowd len, they've...

    there's no figuring out the vw crowd len, they've always been on the fringe...i like shiny, they like rust and pinholes. those old busses go for stupid money now, sure wish i still had the old split...
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    i can check with my forum buddies on that. it...

    i can check with my forum buddies on that. it makes a difference what make of car you're looking to replicate though. i have italian cars and these guys sometimes get a bit anal about originality....
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    i use generic acrylic enamel hardener with...

    i use generic acrylic enamel hardener with rustoleum, one shot, and many other industrial paints. it definitely helps it harden and retain more gloss. rustoleum and industrial enamels can remain soft...
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    most of us stopped using lacquer primer a very...

    most of us stopped using lacquer primer a very long time ago. like i said, if it's a keeper, i'd consider stripping it all off. i would if it were mine.
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    Sounds like a series of unfortunate events. Do we...

    Sounds like a series of unfortunate events. Do we understand that you used lacquer primer under the acrylic enamel? That would make me stop and reevaluate the whole situation. Whatís the goal? Do you...
  9. zero rust has very little sheen, maybe slightly...

    zero rust has very little sheen, maybe slightly less than satin. i reduce it with xylene to spray, 1,3 tip conventional gravity feed gun. no hardener. on other one part paints i've experimented using...
  10. if you're dead set on a 2k product i'd use epoxy...

    if you're dead set on a 2k product i'd use epoxy as the first coating over what you have. i think it's less likely to have issues with the substrate as it is. but really, the product len suggests is...
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    paint guns work best when they're pretty much...

    paint guns work best when they're pretty much wide open. i pull the trigger and back out the flow till the trigger stops moving, then dial it back till it just touches. open the fan up full, then...
  12. glad to hear it came out alright and the color...

    glad to hear it came out alright and the color match was good. i was always happy with the acrylic enamel we used back in the day. i still use it on occasion for little projects too.
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    i just looked up that gun. looks like there might...

    i just looked up that gun. looks like there might be a strainer under the cup? you might want to pull that out. my experience with the lower cost guns has been that they need a little more pressure...
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    i'd guess that after you sand it flat you'll need...

    i'd guess that after you sand it flat you'll need to apply more. you might want to play with the amount of reducer and do a spray out on a scrap panel to see how it's going to lay down before you put...
  15. i always liked the medium reducer. i'd guess the...

    i always liked the medium reducer. i'd guess the 75-85 would be the closest equivalent.
  16. i wouldn't have used the urethane reducer either....

    i wouldn't have used the urethane reducer either. i'm like you, i only use the products within the line i'm shooting. the supplier just dropped the ball on that, and you suffer the consequences. many...
  17. you always need reducer on hand. almost every...

    you always need reducer on hand. almost every paint you get will spray better with a bit of reducer. even the low cost ones len mentioned. they just don't need as much. and if you don't need to...
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    that temperature is pretty high. you might have...

    that temperature is pretty high. you might have the paint drying too much on it's way to the surface. when temps are that high you really need to adjust your technique to be sure it's laying out...
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    after removing everything you can with the...

    after removing everything you can with the scraper/scaler you can wire wheel it to get the stubborn bits. the nooks and crannies are the toughest part. do a good solvent wipe, probably several times,...
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    if you already have the tools, why not...

    if you already have the tools, why not experiment? i buffed the factory paint on my wife's car and it helped a lot. you are right about the cc being thin though, be careful on the corners.
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    i really like those marten, nice work! when you...

    i really like those marten, nice work! when you say CAD do you mean cardboard and duct tape? i do a lot of templates that way.
    i would definitely use seam sealer on that joint. there no other...
  22. slick sand is simply spray on filler. just like...

    slick sand is simply spray on filler. just like filler you'd apply with a spreader. whenever i apply filler i try to remove as much as possible. if you have a couple of low spots and don't think the...
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    like it! i think most of us have been considered...

    like it! i think most of us have been considered "classics" for some time now...
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    len should do a run of those and put them in the...

    len should do a run of those and put them in the store. he could put his logo on the other side.
  25. i was wondering... i ran rally wheels on mine,...

    i was wondering... i ran rally wheels on mine, looked perfect.
    to me those k5's look best in factory form. mine was hugger orange with a white soft top. i nicknamed it creamsicle. keep us posted on...
  26. sure miss my 72 k5, i loved that truck. there's...

    sure miss my 72 k5, i loved that truck.
    there's a ton of primers you can use. i like the ppg dps305x, but the ppg shopline is good too. i've also used my local jobbers (wesco) euro-prime with good...
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    you're so right on there len, i love learning...

    you're so right on there len, i love learning from ron too, what a resource we have at our disposal. his detailed posts will be helping folks for a long time.
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    You might get that flake out, it’s on a flat...

    You might get that flake out, it’s on a flat surface, that’s in your favor. I keep tweezers in the paint booth for when things like that happen. (Tweezers, long needles, artists brush, you get the...
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    i love how that welder came out. looks better...

    i love how that welder came out. looks better than new! those old m-g sets are so handy, when you need one nothing else will do.
    that restoration reminds me of the quincy phil restored a while back....
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    the onmi epoxy is more prone to fisheye than the...

    the onmi epoxy is more prone to fisheye than the dplf for sure. another reason why i use urethane sealer over it before base.
    nice job by the way, i bet you're pleased to get to this point with it....
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    feels like a hostage situation doesn't it? i hate...

    feels like a hostage situation doesn't it? i hate depending on others for anything, their priorities are never aligned with mine. can't blame them for it, business is business. please the masses and...
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    good deal. i must have misunderstood your issues....

    good deal. i must have misunderstood your issues. i thought it was a sort of fisheye type thing, not just the fuzzy finish.
    extra careful prep is always worth the time. after the paint is on nobody...
  33. good advice, that cutting the rod in half. stick...

    good advice, that cutting the rod in half. stick welding can and has been done on sheet metal but i wouldn't want to do it and i've been welding forever. one of my lancia cars has a lot of original...
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    Itís always good to have a dedicated hose for...

    Itís always good to have a dedicated hose for paint. Keeps it clean and dry. That Omni product can be sensitive to contamination for sure. Iíve not used it as a sealer though, only as a base for my...
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    I don't know if I'd go to base from there. I've...

    I don't know if I'd go to base from there. I've seen that Omni product do that before. It makes me nervous. I guess at least if the base isn't hardened you could stop if you see it having trouble.
  36. sheet steel can be welded with a stick, but like...

    sheet steel can be welded with a stick, but like has been said, it's difficult. a lap weld would be easier than a butt weld, and if you can get to the back side and put some copper sheet behind the...
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    nothing but new clean microfiber better touch...

    nothing but new clean microfiber better touch that thing! so glad you're having fun with it.
    pretty respectable dyno numbers too, btw.
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    wish i could help, but i haven't a clue what the...

    wish i could help, but i haven't a clue what the current cali rules are. look online for bodyshop suppliers in your area, they'll be able to tell you what's available. i'd stay with a good brand...
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    it's not difficult at all. some people just use...

    it's not difficult at all. some people just use straight urethane reducer, but i like the ppg sxa840. it's an aerosol can and works well.
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    it's a drop top falcon. i bet a quart would do...

    it's a drop top falcon. i bet a quart would do it. but you're right, he'll want to be right on the money from the get-go.
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    where do you guys get those boots? i wear...

    where do you guys get those boots? i wear sketchers shoes as they're the only ones that i can comfortably walk around in. i have arthritis and by the end of the day my feet are toast. boots would be...
  42. there are what they call one component modified...

    there are what they call one component modified epoxy paints. they require a certain amount of moisture in the air for full cure. personally, i wouldn't use them, especially on a severe duty...
  43. i'm with len, hit it with a da and 220. only take...

    i'm with len, hit it with a da and 220. only take a few hours. scotch brite isn't going to do it.
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    too bad you didn't think about using some...

    too bad you didn't think about using some blending solvent when the paint was fresh. it can help eliminate the halo effect you sometimes get where the new paint meets the old.
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    i've shot a ton of product through those hf guns....

    i've shot a ton of product through those hf guns. mostly primers, epoxy, or equipment enamels. it'll do just fine shooting reduced primer with the 1.4 tip. yes, you can dust on a little more primer...
  46. have you done a car that's been plastic blasted...

    have you done a car that's been plastic blasted before len? i have zero experience with that.
    after going through the trouble of blasting i wouldn't hesitate to take the time to sand before epoxy....
  47. obviously, fresh air systems are best when...

    obviously, fresh air systems are best when painting any catalyzed paint. all of the hardened paints contain iso's, not just imron. imron, however, is one of the more potent formulations. organic...
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    i hate those auto darkening hoods. i have one, a...

    i hate those auto darkening hoods. i have one, a nice one too, but i only use it if i need to do little pulse welds. i almost exclusively use an old school paper huntsman. it's super light and i...
  49. you didn't mention which spectracron series you...

    you didn't mention which spectracron series you used. there are a few different ones, all of them intended for industrial use. if i were using it, i'd use the recommended ppg color coat so you are...
  50. they'll both do the job, the cavity wax might be...

    they'll both do the job, the cavity wax might be easier to apply with the wand. if you have the cosmoline already, and have a way to shoot it into the cavity it'll work. i only use cosmoline on...
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