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    Very Nice!

    Ron,

    That is AWESOME, I am always impressed by you guys that can do these full builds. Sharp car, can't wait to see more.



    That is such a car guy thing to say!!! "I have an extra..."
  2. Al, no problem and that is the better route to go...

    Al, no problem and that is the better route to go unless you want to do this as a hobby. I do, many dont, and of course we have our site's pros to help us.

    We had just touched on the actual cost...
  3. Al, trust me, if I can do it. Anyone can. It...

    Al, trust me, if I can do it. Anyone can. It wasn't that long ago that I was in your exact shoes. You WILL make mistakes, take lots of photos and notes (air temp, material, gun psi, time of day,...
  4. Yes, lots of info but just like eating an...

    Yes, lots of info but just like eating an elephant, take it one bite at a time. Trust me, if I can do it, anyone can. We may never be at some of these guys level that have years and years of work...
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    I get a lot of my paints and all my clears (2104)...

    I get a lot of my paints and all my clears (2104) from them. Awesome support from the company also.
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    I agree with Len's statement 100%! As a rookie...

    I agree with Len's statement 100%! As a rookie weekender, It is LOT easier for me to put down a quality finish with one of my better guns.

    I went from a Starting Line to a Finish Line, then sold...
  7. Trucker Al, welcome and you are at the right...

    Trucker Al, welcome and you are at the right place to learn - trust me as these guys helped me out with all my dumb questions just a few years ago and I can put out some stuff that I would not have...
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    Fred, I am pretty new to this painting stuff,...

    Fred, I am pretty new to this painting stuff, still consider myself a weekender rookie that still has to ask a million questions vs this site's multiple pros.

    But I KNOW that I can produce a...
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    I have to agree with you on the new colors. ...

    I have to agree with you on the new colors. Dodge, Mazda and Ford cars really have some awesome colors.

    I guess it helps to have their clout and R&D departments.
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    You should be fine shooting metallic through a...

    You should be fine shooting metallic through a 1.0. Even if you didn't like it, one round of BC isn't going to lower the used value of that gun that much anyways.

    I use metallic in my LPH-80 with...
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    AWESOME!

    DAMN! Looks Awesome!

    Came a long way from a chip repair.
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    Very Nice!

    Nice Job! Amazing how us amateurs can notice the difference between a crummy gun and a good one.

    Looking good, go easy on the shadows, you can always add more.

    Cant wait to see it all...
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    You, myself and some pros don't have air...

    You, myself and some pros don't have air conditioned booths, so there isn't much that you can do about temp. Though on a side note, maybe we could start a GoFundMe page to get me a nice conditioned...
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    Hope my little photo below helps. The yellow...

    Hope my little photo below helps.

    The yellow lines represent the layout tape of the actual edge of the "design" tape, I would then fill in the majority of the area that I want masked off (blue...
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    It will keep up with your guns and DAs better. ...

    It will keep up with your guns and DAs better.

    There will be more ($$$) involved with setting up for doing this hobby. If its a hobby, go for it, if its a "one and done" walk away now!!!
    ...
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    You can get a compressor, new or used for less...

    You can get a compressor, new or used for less than $2,000. But a 1 hp, 3 gallon compressor will not run a gun correctly.

    I've been using an old Cambell Hausfield 6 hp 60 gallon (probably over...
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    I am not sure what you mean by a "DIY townhouse...

    I am not sure what you mean by a "DIY townhouse garage rental property" but if you have a 120V circuit in the garage, it can easily be converted to a 220V circuit without adding any wires. You do...
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    240V is easy

    Or, just add the correct double pole breaker and wire size, as most homes are wired 240V using an L1 & L2 legs. L1 to N (neutral) gives 120V, L2 to N gives 120V, L1 to L2 gives you 240V.

    If you...
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    Again, apologies to the OP for going so off...

    Again, apologies to the OP for going so off topic, but I hope that some of my posts can help someone as I have learned so much from you guys.

    And yes I do plan on learning how to cut and buff. I...
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    A) I am afraid! B) I am going to try C) But not...

    A) I am afraid!
    B) I am going to try
    C) But not on my trunk yet, that is why I did the test panels - well one of the reasons
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    Well, that is a loaded question as it took me...

    Well, that is a loaded question as it took me three times to get just the base painted correctly without any tiger stripes, but that is more of me being a rookie than anything else.

    I started by...
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    Thanks RonF, I appreciate that coming from you...

    Thanks RonF, I appreciate that coming from you guys.

    Resanded the trunk and three new test panels.

    The clear laid out on the test panels perfect, and the trunk looks real good except on the...
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    Until I have to keep asking you guys so many...

    Until I have to keep asking you guys so many questions, I'm still a rookie. BTW I really do appreciate the all the help.



    My last go around, I know what I did different from my test panels...
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    Orange Peel Adjustments?

    Quick question for you experts, (apologies to the OP, but figured this might help with his project also) leaving the fan almost wide open, while shooting clear if you start seeing orange peel, what...
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    Why not just shoot some clear on your hood? That...

    Why not just shoot some clear on your hood? That way, after it dries you can take it outside and see your results in the sun.

    If you have to redo it, The clear is easy enough to sand 600/800. ...
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    Another tape trick...

    Another tape trick...

    Use the 1/8 inch for your shape/design etc, then start filling in the other areas but stay off your 1/8 inch tape leaving a small gap NEXT to your design outline. Then the...
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    Bob is dead on, all my graphics are done over...

    Bob is dead on, all my graphics are done over clear. Either two or three coats, then sanded 600/800. Then tape, shoot the IC clear, candys, pearls etc etc etc. Light coats, light coats!

    For...
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    Very cool! One thing that I forgot to mention...

    Very cool!

    One thing that I forgot to mention is that after complex taping, I like to shoot one or two light coats of intercoat clear over my tape edges to help prevent bleeding under the edges.
    ...
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    Looking Good!

    Don't even worry about sanding through the primer. I learned to just plan on sanding through to steel and re-applying epoxy either full strength or thinned as a sealer. That way I don't get...
  30. I have been in one of those blow up booths for a...

    I have been in one of those blow up booths for a class, they will last more than one project. But the whole time, I kept thinking "sure hope there isnt a power outage" What a potential mess.

    The...
  31. I havent used the Optex as I use G2FF. I did...

    I havent used the Optex as I use G2FF. I did notice that the Optex comes in a 0.8 gallon can and not a gallon can like the G2FF does. Kind of like how Ice Cream used to come in half-gallons but...
  32. Iíve been using Tamco HS clears lately. Three...

    Iíve been using Tamco HS clears lately. Three coats, let dry for a week, sand with 600/800.

    Tape for graphics, shoot whatever, BCs, Pearls, Candies etc then reclear. Sand again and reclear...
  33. Use FBS tapes, they have some awesome products....

    Use FBS tapes, they have some awesome products.
    Make sure the piece isnít too hot - shouldnít be a problem this time of year
    Clear the piece first, then add your graphics and reclear
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    I started out where you are just a couple of...

    I started out where you are just a couple of years ago wanting to do a "simple" piano black on sub boxes, then I got hooked.

    I have made and still make plenty of mistakes.

    It wont all make...
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    The first three panels all had the same flake and...

    The first three panels all had the same flake and clear over different base colors. The back two were just two panels that I went a head and shot with primer and clear that I had mixed up already...
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    Some example test panels...

    Below are a few examples of my test panels.

    You can see the different color primers in-between the test areas.

    A couple of the orange and brown tests were satin vs gloss clear over the same...
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    All of my painting is custom which sounds fancy...

    All of my painting is custom which sounds fancy but is easier than the pros that have to match color, sheen, orange peel etc etc.

    I use the PPG epoxy primer in shades of gray, pure white and pure...
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    Great Job!

    Looks awesome! I'm jealous (ugly, ugly emotion)

    With the solid color, it sure would be a good one to practice polishing on. If you did burn through, you certainly know how to shoot it yellow...
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    The cans may or may not have the recommended tip...

    The cans may or may not have the recommended tip size range.

    Usually there is a tech sheet that you should print out and keep in the shop with you for referral. I keep mine in a binder.

    I...
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    Use the 1.3 tip

    Use the 1.3 tip
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    I'd use 800 on the majority of the tank staying...

    I'd use 800 on the majority of the tank staying away from the thin flange area, then I'd use a grey scuff pad with scuffing paste on the thin flanges and over the whole tank to clean, then follow...
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    Iwata LPH-80 You can get different tips. I...

    Iwata LPH-80

    You can get different tips.

    I think that Len carriers them, if not check out Cerakote and MegaDepot
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    According to their website, besides being 100%...

    According to their website, besides being 100% Vegan, Cruelty Free pigment that is NOT sourced with child labor or any inhuman labor pigments. They also list it as the Highest grade mica pigment...
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    I use FBS tapes, different colors and different...

    I use FBS tapes, different colors and different widths. Some are more flexible than others, some make straight lines easier.

    I tried using stencils before, but didn't like not being able to...
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    That is pretty normal, the clear is what brings...

    That is pretty normal, the clear is what brings out the shine. A single stage paint (no BC) is basically a colored clear.



    Hopefully Painter Dave will read this and chime in on what paint it...
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    Your next step will depend on your sanding...

    Your next step will depend on your sanding results.

    Hopefully you donít have any metal high spots. From your photos it looks like you are really close.

    I suck at body work, so I would have...
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    I think that it comes down to if you have access...

    I think that it comes down to if you have access to the tools or not and is a full repaint.

    If you or a buddy has a welder (not everyone does), then it just doesn't take that long to weld, grind...
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    and a few more

    And a few more...


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    Some examples...

    Thanks to the guys on this forum, here are a few examples of what I've been able to knock out...


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    It just takes time...

    As Henry mentioned, I started just a couple of years ago. I remember seeing that guy's videos among others and thinking to myself, "no way could I do that" - now I watch those and say "Yeah, I can...
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