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    how is that bonding adhesive with aluminum...

    how is that bonding adhesive with aluminum panels? i have an aluminum bodied lancia in the queue that will need some panel work. mostly i will need to open things up to repair the steel behind the...
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    why the bonding adhesive instead of welding? are...

    why the bonding adhesive instead of welding? are you doing a lot of that now?
    awesome car btw. good one for the bragging wall.
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    i like a product called flitz for metal...

    i like a product called flitz for metal polish/protection. it has a very mild grit and can polish plastic too. if doing bare aluminum, smear it on and wait for a while then come back and re-wet it...
  4. i looked at the pattern coming off your gun and...

    i looked at the pattern coming off your gun and i'm not impressed. if the gun is very clean and the paint is mixed to a good viscosity i don't think you will be able to get a reasonable metallic...
  5. i think i understand what you're asking. you...

    i think i understand what you're asking. you might want to mask at area #1 with transition tape. you'll get a soft edge and get some paint in the gutter where it seems to be lacking. not sure how to...
  6. i have a couple of old sharpe guns and i hardly...

    i have a couple of old sharpe guns and i hardly ever use them any more. the gravity feed one is always disappointing performance-wise, the other one is set up with a pressure pot for bigger projects....
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    for the safety of your eyes please don't use...

    for the safety of your eyes please don't use anything lighter than a number 8 shade. try to get used to using the number 9 or 10 if you can. for light duty welding i might use a number 9, aluminum...
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    you can find your highs and lows the same way you...

    you can find your highs and lows the same way you do with filler. use a sanding block or a file to run over the surface and look at the scratch pattern. you can even guide coat them if you want but i...
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    technically it.s .0625 inches... that half thou...

    technically it.s .0625 inches... that half thou makes all the difference.:thumb:
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    you're only limited by your imagination and your...

    you're only limited by your imagination and your budget. in my mind the biggest reason to isolate the compressor is noise. whether you put a shed around it outside or inside you can still route the...
  11. hmm, more good info. so many choices. the pure...

    hmm, more good info. so many choices. the pure reflections sounds a bit like a unicorn, can one primer be all that?
  12. good stuff, thanks. i will give them a try next...

    good stuff, thanks. i will give them a try next time i need some, the price seems pretty good. the 30 minute clear also sounds interesting. i'll be a little suspect till i see it for myself though....
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    Like Ken says, it may already be damaged. The...

    Like Ken says, it may already be damaged. The only cleaner I use on plastic or plastic coated windows is mermaids brand for plexi and vinyl, or imar stratoglass cleaner for polycarbonite.
    Good luck.
  14. i've heard of this primer but never tried it....

    i've heard of this primer but never tried it. how's the price? it seems like the people that use tamco really like their stuff.
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    must be a.c. right? no need to try to investigate...

    must be a.c. right? no need to try to investigate for me, i can waste my own time. thanks for all the insight. i forgot, did the op get his situation under control? we kinda hijacked his thread....
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    ok then, when i have an opportunity i will get...

    ok then, when i have an opportunity i will get one of those and do a little practice. i also want to understand the stud gun process. are they ac or dc? electrode positive or negative? do we know...
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    wow, thanks ronf for the lesson and the link. i'm...

    wow, thanks ronf for the lesson and the link. i'm curious though, why would the stud welder work better than the mig tip? is it the mushroom shape of the stud welder tip that makes it better? or the...
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    i actually use my tig torch to do my shrinking....

    i actually use my tig torch to do my shrinking. there's great heat control with that. i don't have a stud gun and didn't know there was a shrinking tip for the mig. i might have to get one of those...
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    ok then, thanks for updating the thread. i'll...

    ok then, thanks for updating the thread. i'll continue using clear coat for that as well. it was a good thought though.
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    there you go, 6 changes per hour. should be easy...

    there you go, 6 changes per hour. should be easy enough to calculate the fan cfm based on that and the size of the booth. bigger inlet area will lower the air velocity.
    wow, i just realized. 6...
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    that's exactly what i was thinking about doing...

    that's exactly what i was thinking about doing with it.
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    you must use a really aggressive brush! i've...

    you must use a really aggressive brush! i've never done damage like that using a brush. i have done that brushing up against the edge of the carport though. anyway, as everyone says (well some...
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    i see, intended to fill small scratches. i might...

    i see, intended to fill small scratches. i might have to experiment with it a little. thanks.
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    that looks interesting len, how does it lay down?...

    that looks interesting len, how does it lay down? might it lay out nice with a mini touchup gun?
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    looks great! for protection, look at a product...

    looks great! for protection, look at a product called rejex. i use it on my boat and it holds up well in the harsh marine environment. i apply it with a random orbital and that same orange pad.
    when...
  26. nice collection phil, with your good review i...

    nice collection phil, with your good review i might have to look at the soldering iron/heat gun. i have a few milwaukee tools already so i have batteries and chargers. i also have one of their heated...
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    RIGHT! i've been painting stuff for 40 years or...

    RIGHT!
    i've been painting stuff for 40 years or so but never tried something like that. impressed is an understatement. i gotta agree with you when you say you'd be looking forward to the cut and...
  28. a quart at 4:1:1 gives a quart and a half to...

    a quart at 4:1:1 gives a quart and a half to spray. maybe a little more if you over reduce it to get it to come out nice and thin. don't stray too far from the recommended mix though.
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    looks great! you should be proud of the result.

    looks great! you should be proud of the result.
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    don't be afraid of the cut and buff. i shied away...

    don't be afraid of the cut and buff. i shied away from it for a long time, but after some practice it brings your work to another level. just stay away from the edges and creases when sanding. try a...
  31. sealer coverage is going to be dependent on the...

    sealer coverage is going to be dependent on the product used. some people just use thinned epoxy, i like a dedicated sealer. i would think a quart would probably do that car. sealer is pretty thin...
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    great question. but i'd hardly call you a...

    great question. but i'd hardly call you a rookie...
    others have already given you great feedback but i thought i'd share my thought process on that.
    firstly, if you had a good setup and your test...
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    totally agree henry, just clip the edges of the...

    totally agree henry, just clip the edges of the fan. that's what i do too. if i need a smaller fan i get a smaller gun. wider fan is better, more even spread of material, less chance of mottling when...
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    i pretty much use ppg dbc as that's what my local...

    i pretty much use ppg dbc as that's what my local store carries. sometimes omni plus as well. but i'm sure there are a host of others that work as well. i think it's really more about technique than...
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    i wouldn't re-tape in that instance. you're going...

    i wouldn't re-tape in that instance. you're going to sand the primer anyway so if there's a spec of dust or two no big deal. i'd just blow and wipe and call it good. UNLESS you used plastic masking...
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    which nh product are you using? are you putting...

    which nh product are you using? are you putting inside box sections too?
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    looks pretty good from here, a little cut and...

    looks pretty good from here, a little cut and buff should bring it up nicely. i don't mind spraying silver metallic, once you get your technique down it's not so bad. first couple of times was iffy...
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    i'd use the hf gun for the primer. it will go...

    i'd use the hf gun for the primer. it will go much better than spray cans. spray cans won't give the film build you will need, especially if you're trying to fill 80 grit scratch.
    i'd have sanded...
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    not discounting the advice bob k gave you, it's...

    not discounting the advice bob k gave you, it's good advice as usual. that paint will eventually harden up. never really as hard as two part paints though. and the nose of that thing looks prone to...
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    that looks great. probably better than it looked...

    that looks great. probably better than it looked new. my spare compressor is what looks like the same pump head with a 7.5 hp motor and a horizontal tank. seeing how good yours turned out makes me...
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    that temperature control would discount me from...

    that temperature control would discount me from using that epoxy for sure. i love your test fender idea though, did you try that with other any other epoxy brands?
  42. one more thought. the quality of a good gun will...

    one more thought. the quality of a good gun will be lost on primer. primer doesn't spray/atomize as fine as actual paint/clear. by nature it is a thicker coating, and will almost always require...
  43. way back when i first started this stuff i only...

    way back when i first started this stuff i only had one gun. i quickly learned that getting old primer particles in my top coats was not something i wanted to have. it's tough enough to keep dust...
  44. the big thing for me is ease of movement. if the...

    the big thing for me is ease of movement. if the floor is really smooth concrete you have it made. if not, you should increase the size of the wheels to lessen the shock of going over bumps. i like...
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    i just went back and looked at the pictures...

    i just went back and looked at the pictures again. you might have an opportunity here that you didn't think about. you could clear the cowl and jamb areas if they're good enough, then re-assemble the...
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    i'm sure most of us here agree that the prep work...

    i'm sure most of us here agree that the prep work is the key to a good finish. if you have an issue with the primer or sealer you should never press on to paint. always correct the issue first. any...
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    great, thanks for that. replaced a few years ago?...

    great, thanks for that. replaced a few years ago? man i'm slow with my projects...
  48. you might try using a little bug and tar remover...

    you might try using a little bug and tar remover to soften that plastic up or creep under it. in the event you can't get that, try lighter fluid or a product called "goof off" if available. your...
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    ok, i see your point. i guess when i deal with...

    ok, i see your point. i guess when i deal with fiberglass it's usually a marine application. i always seal with epoxy to avoid moisture penetrating into the fiberglass substrate. moisture penetration...
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    i've heard windex is good as well, but i use a...

    i've heard windex is good as well, but i use a clear product from griots garage, followed by distilled water to rinse any residue away. dry with compressed air.

    you say you're going to use a...
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