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  1. Sorry to hear this. I've been snowed with work...

    Sorry to hear this. I've been snowed with work for sometime and am just now hearing this. Hope all is well with Len. Get well well soon Len, you are in our thoughts.
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    Len is right on the money, as usual!

    Len is right on the money, as usual!
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    That was my thinking exactly. Going to give it a...

    That was my thinking exactly. Going to give it a shot on upcoming project
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    That is the reason I state to hit it with a HB...

    That is the reason I state to hit it with a HB primer (like Optex 4:1 or Feather Fill, both by Evercoat). I would start with 2 or 3 coats, sand and check part. May need to apply additional coats....
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    Len, I get this tape from you and love it. I...

    Len,

    I get this tape from you and love it. I just have never used it on the outside body when paint inside body jambs. Are you using it in this location as well? If so I am assuming you only run...
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    Painting door, trunk lid and body jambs

    I have used the same method for painting door and body jambs for decades. When painting the inside body jambs, trunk drip rails, engine compartment etc. I use the old tried and true method of folding...
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    Fantastic

    WOW Marten this is fantastic! Looking really nice. I'm with Brian, prime the doors and drive it for the summer months. Not only you get to have hot rod summer fun but you can work out and tweak the...
  8. Thread: Pressure

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    Yes, but there are many factors that have to be...

    Yes, but there are many factors that have to be taken into consideration beside setting pressure, i.e. tip size, setting fluid flow (I run most of my guns wide open and then 1/2-1 turn in depending...
  9. Thread: Pressure

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    To get 8-10 psi cap pressure you need the inlet...

    To get 8-10 psi cap pressure you need the inlet pressure to be 36-50 psi depending on gun. That inlet pressure is set with the trigger pulled, not static pressure. Many guns have a halfway pull that...
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    Just out of curiosity did you give a preference...

    Just out of curiosity did you give a preference of driver vs show quality chrome? I always go show quality and would like to see some examples of driver quality chrome. Decades ago the difference...
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    Len is correct, 1500 is not a bad price. I'm sure...

    Len is correct, 1500 is not a bad price. I'm sure you are familiar with how triple chrome plating is done and it is very. very labor intense. To get rid of those pits will take hours of copper...
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    I've used paint stiper and lacquer thinner with...

    I've used paint stiper and lacquer thinner with great success. Just remember it will not be unusual to see pitting coming through between the chrome and pot metal as it can still oxidize. You may...
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    Len, yep supplier mentioned those China...

    Len,

    yep supplier mentioned those China shipping problems as well. One of his biggest concerns was with the Canada OTR shipping strike. Evidently PPG gets quite a bit material from Canada. I am...
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    Painting in a booth is going to spoil you,...

    Painting in a booth is going to spoil you, seriously you will enjoy the experience. On the DAS sealer, be glad you were able to obtained it as suppliers are out. Was at my supplier (English Color)...
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    On the butt weld clamps, try using a copper...

    On the butt weld clamps, try using a copper wrapped dolly backer to give you more heat sink, it will help prevent blow through. I keep plenty of 12x12 24 ga. copper sheets in the shop just for this...
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    Great thought on the welding blanket Brian!...

    Great thought on the welding blanket Brian! Should have mentioned it. Just be sure and wear long sleeve shirts, that material will make you itch.
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    Here are a few examples of what I use

    Here are a few examples of what I use
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    Being your first time with a welder and I suspect...

    Being your first time with a welder and I suspect you haven't made too many patch panels, don't be afraid of making this a multi plate repair as opposed to trying to get it correct in one shot. I...
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    My go to is Keystone parts as they have CAPA...

    My go to is Keystone parts as they have CAPA cert. panels, seldom have to fight the patch panel. I've used Carparts.com in the past but quit using them after many issues from wrong parts to delivery...
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    Yes that will work, just be sure and use a weld...

    Yes that will work, just be sure and use a weld through primer and seal the underside. The fiber filler may work for a while but I would think the movement and flexing from the shock tower is going...
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    Brian, yes they are. I have many manuals here...

    Brian,

    yes they are. I have many manuals here in the shop for 30's era, but when I need additional info I use the below site. This site has been around for years and is a great source to follow....
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    Are you referring to a lap joint weld or a...

    Are you referring to a lap joint weld or a "backer" plate weld? Either will work but a lap joint using a bead roller looks cleaner. As Len stated make sure you can clean out to good metal and prime
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    I would absolutely use a dedicated sealer and...

    I would absolutely use a dedicated sealer and shoot it to spec. When you stated "there is a hint of banding" from different primer colors you may be setting yourself up for ghosting. The only way I...
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    Phil, I thought the same thing at first...

    Phil,

    I thought the same thing at first glance and then noticed some shading. I almost think the shading is either from shop dust or maybe over spray from guide coat leveling, not sure. I added...
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    You are going to have to shape and weld in a...

    You are going to have to shape and weld in a patch panel that extends into good solid metal. I'm curious on how you got a rust spot up this high? Was this eaten by an acid product maybe? Very...
  26. Len, does that look like product delamination...

    Len,

    does that look like product delamination too you?
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    Can be caused from your application (distance to...

    Can be caused from your application (distance to panel change), drop in pressure, speed of application, etc.. No need to reprime, shoot a sealer first then go straight to bc/cc
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    Panel alignment

    Another consideration to remember on older builds is body mounting hardware. Many of these builds can take extensive alignment from worn out rubber mounting bushings and settled sheet metal over an...
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    Going with your second option would be your best...

    Going with your second option would be your best configuration. As bmarler stated a direct flow from 2-1/2' from floor surface will stir up dust from multiple locations. However, in your option 2...
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    What you ask can be confusing depending on who...

    What you ask can be confusing depending on who you talk to in the world of mechanical engineers vs the home builder/painter. As to simplify this, you are looking for 100 cfm per linear ft. to pass...
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    Thank you Bam for this posting! I tie most of my...

    Thank you Bam for this posting! I tie most of my clips in the same fashion. Thank you for taking the extra time to get these specific pics for me. I am always curious how other builders tie their...
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    Master work Bam, I love your build threads. Any...

    Master work Bam, I love your build threads. Any chance you can shoot a pic of tie in where frame was cut. I'm guessing you tied in with truss plates and/or slid it inside rails? Thank you for...
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    I have owned the Sata 2000, 3000 and still own...

    I have owned the Sata 2000, 3000 and still own the Sata 4000 b rp and 4000 hvlp, but never owned one of their mini guns. Since you bought this used, I'll take a guess at what I "think" is going on....
  34. Thread: Army Truck

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    Len, After looking at all the smalls and...

    Len,

    After looking at all the smalls and extras you have to do I am never going to complain again about the intricate details of painting a classic. I'm curious on how you went about painting the...
  35. Thread: Harley Fender

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    Oh I so agree with bmarler on this. The DC3000...

    Oh I so agree with bmarler on this. The DC3000 can be second coated in 3-5 minutes. Just keep an eye on your pot life as I believe it is around an hour, which is plenty considering your only supposed...
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    Thank you Len and Brian, I think both of...

    Thank you Len and Brian,

    I think both of these videos have something I can take away with. You can see what I have to start with. I used to send my plates off to a guy who had been doing them for...
  37. Thread: Harley Fender

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    I pretty much use PPG exclusively, with a few...

    I pretty much use PPG exclusively, with a few variations depending on project. My go to primer is their DPXXLF, sealer DAS30XX (depends on G scale needed), for base DBC2000, mid coats if needed...
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    Restoring License plate

    Looking to restore an antique license plate. As I need the plate to match the original color scheme, as required by DMV for vehicle registration, I'm looking to match the background color. Raised...
  39. Thread: 1968 Firebird

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    Brian, Yep, has snubber bars or what we use to...

    Brian,

    Yep, has snubber bars or what we use to call "slappers" already installed when I bought it. I too love the old school. At my age I am not looking to race anymore (much) just want to have a...
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    Bam LOL, I hear you on color. I too have...

    Bam

    LOL, I hear you on color. I too have changed directions many times before final. Gotta "get the feel" of what the ride wants! I will enjoy watching this build, I love your work.
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    Bam, Should have known you were on top of...

    Bam,

    Should have known you were on top of this. I love that 55' chevy and that LS 6.0 will make that ride scream! You mentioned changing the color scheme, any idea what color you are going?...
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    GM uses steam lines (3/16" water lines) on their...

    GM uses steam lines (3/16" water lines) on their aluminum heads to help keep them cooler. When they first developed the LS based motor they did extensive research in heat signature tracking on their...
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    Nice job Bam! I never understood why the C4 front...

    Nice job Bam! I never understood why the C4 front suspensions ran their shocks at such an angle as it is so inefficient. Your new set up will greatly take advantage of shock angle for a smoother...
  44. Thread: 1968 Firebird

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    Brian, Absolutely agree! I have a set of...

    Brian,

    Absolutely agree! I have a set of unilug Cragar Street Trick wheels with almost new Avenger G/T rubber here in the shop that are collecting dust. I'll blow that dust off on the street....
  45. Thread: 1968 Firebird

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    Thanks henry! 68' Firebird also came with new...

    Thanks henry!

    68' Firebird also came with new Foose wheels, QA1 coil overs, brand new interior, new brite work (interior and exterior handles, both bumpers, etc), 5K miles on motor rebuild for...
  46. Thread: 1968 Firebird

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    Len, In Glen Elder, Kansas. In the absolutely...

    Len,

    In Glen Elder, Kansas. In the absolutely middle of nowhere. Actually it was a quaint town (pop. 452) and nice drive, gotta love the farmers of America. This ride will absolutely set you back...
  47. Thread: Blown away!

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    You might find that PPG prices have changed a bit...

    You might find that PPG prices have changed a bit since your last paint job, but worth every penny. Last qt I purchased was $450.00 at jobber price (custom mix dbc2000 base only).
  48. Thread: 1968 Firebird

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    1968 Firebird

    Is this an addiction or am I a glutton for punishment, I sure didn't need another project. 20+ hour road trip to pick up another hot rod. 1968 Firebird with a 455 Pontiac, stage 2 cam, Edlebrock high...
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    With my break bender, shrinker/spreader and my...

    With my break bender, shrinker/spreader and my bead roller I could make that piece in about 2-3 hours. I seriously doubt that piece was glued on, but I could be wrong. Sometimes those tacks can be...
  50. Thread: Seal Coat

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    Jimmy, If your doing a 3-7 day epoxy you...

    Jimmy,

    If your doing a 3-7 day epoxy you might consider letting that epoxy sit 12-24 hours before top coating, it will help reduce chances of vapor pop. Check your TDS for max time to bc/cc to...
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