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    Pretty sure axalta was aimed at competing with...

    Pretty sure axalta was aimed at competing with deltron. I havenít used any DuPont in decades though.
    Iím sure itís good quality, but most of my experience is with ppg, so I tend to use it the more...
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    just to add, if you're getting pin holes in the...

    just to add, if you're getting pin holes in the primer it's probably due to some surface contamination. use some dawn dish soap in water and de-grease the area, or use wax and grease remover on it....
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    ok, it's just not that complicated. for one...

    ok, it's just not that complicated. for one thing, you might want to ditch the 180 and use 220 as your starting grit. you might be going too far with the 180 and making trouble for yourself. looking...
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    sure, take it to someone who will do it for you....

    sure, take it to someone who will do it for you. there's no way around proper procedure if you want a good repair. many times you can find someone to do the stuff that's out of you're comfort zone...
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    what do you mean by "stopper"? if you've got a...

    what do you mean by "stopper"?
    if you've got a mess, the best course of action is to wait for it all to harden and then take corrective action. if it's a hardened paint it shouldn't take too long....
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    i always used to use chevron non-d 30 wt, but...

    i always used to use chevron non-d 30 wt, but lately i switched to the stuff quincy puts out: https://www.quincycompressor.com/parts-services/parts-and-fluids/
    is it really better? hard to say. but...
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    cool stuff Len, thanks for sharing. i wish i had...

    cool stuff Len, thanks for sharing. i wish i had some artistic ability, but it's just not there. the combo of your wife doing the art and you doing the finish coat seems pretty ideal. i love detail...
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    Rust has to be completely removed, and the cause...

    Rust has to be completely removed, and the cause dealt with or it will come back. No exceptions. When you did the arches before, did you need to remove and replace metal? Did you treat the area with...
  9. that's kind of a loaded question. there are...

    that's kind of a loaded question. there are literally thousands of different products you could use. a lot of detailers like the ceramics now, like len pointed out. and a brand new finish is probably...
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    Technique is almost as important as the bit...

    Technique is almost as important as the bit material. I can sharpen a hiss drill and cut stainless all day. ( almost)
    My son canít get three holes.
    A good set of hard bits is sure nice to have...
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    glad to help. people here are always willing to...

    glad to help. people here are always willing to share information that will help you achieve good results. everyone is different though, so what works for one won't always work for another. practice...
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    all painters are armchair chemists! goes with the...

    all painters are armchair chemists! goes with the territory. have fun, and keep us posted.
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    hi eric, i wonder if patrick will respond to...

    hi eric, i wonder if patrick will respond to this. many times we don't ever hear from people after the thread has run it's course.
    anyway, if you're going to use that paint, don't be afraid to thin...
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    oh yeah, i don't really use all 50 amps. i just...

    oh yeah, i don't really use all 50 amps. i just set it there so i get good resolution on the foot pedal. the pedal gives you from zero to whatever the panel setting is at. set the panel at full and...
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    it's not complicated, just set the power down...

    it's not complicated, just set the power down pretty low. i'm around 50 amps-ish, depending on metal gauge and temperature. i'll sharpie the shape of the area i want to shrink, then do small, dime...
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    once you've added hardener to the primer it will...

    once you've added hardener to the primer it will only last so long. you can stretch that out by putting the mixed primer in the refrigerator to slow the reaction. (not the house fridge where your...
  17. oh well, it was worth asking. i don't want it for...

    oh well, it was worth asking. i don't want it for cleaning my guns, but i used to use that stuff for everything else. it was the best solvent around. it would clean a carburetor like nothing else on...
  18. i would definitely consider sending the shell out...

    i would definitely consider sending the shell out for soda blast or similar. you'll get the best chance of getting the rust out and never coming back. it's a small shell, so shouldn't be too...
  19. hard to say if there's a "vintage" market for...

    hard to say if there's a "vintage" market for those items. most people have moved on to whatever the modern equivalent would be. certainly worth a try though. you don't have any cans of dupont 3924s...
  20. if you haven't used a modern gun before it can be...

    if you haven't used a modern gun before it can be a real eye opener. the fans are just huge compared to what we used to use. glad you had a good experience!
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    i used to pull the air out of the booth, but have...

    i used to pull the air out of the booth, but have switched to pushing air in instead. i use a squirrel cage liberated from an old furnace to do the work. dual fan, two speed, free. (or cheap if...
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    the whole reason for short strand glass is to...

    the whole reason for short strand glass is to seal the surface. that filler is waterproof and is a good first pass over the weld area. i like lens method of using seam sealer on the back side, no...
  23. Thread: Paint Prep

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    180 might be a little coarse, it'll take more...

    180 might be a little coarse, it'll take more blocking to get the scratch marks out unless you're at metal. if there's still old finish on it i'd go to 220 or 240 grit. if you're at bare metal the...
  24. wow, i don't think i've ever worn out a needle...

    wow, i don't think i've ever worn out a needle spring. you must paint 24/7...
  25. Thread: 69 Chevelle

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    not a project for the faint of heart i see!...

    not a project for the faint of heart i see! please keep posting as you make progress.
  26. i like to use slow reducer too, but it's...

    i like to use slow reducer too, but it's certainly a judgement call. i like it because it buys me more time when i shoot over the nooks and crannies from the first pass for everything to melt...
  27. for me, the hardest part of doing interior stuff...

    for me, the hardest part of doing interior stuff is getting even coverage in all the nooks and crannies. as soon as you start painting the air gets thick with overspray quickly and it gets tough to...
  28. we've all seen how paint flakes off plastic when...

    we've all seen how paint flakes off plastic when you blow air across it, i wonder how this does? otherwise, like phil says, it sure beats some of the conditions we've sprayed in before.
  29. absolutely correct. it takes weeks or months...

    absolutely correct. it takes weeks or months before it will reach full hardness. don't bother wet sanding till it passes the thumbnail test. leave it out in the sun as much as possible, and be...
  30. Thread: Paint Prep

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    if i were going to go without primer i'd at least...

    if i were going to go without primer i'd at least do a seal coat to get all the substrate to the same shade. especially if i were using lower grade paints. i'm not fond of painting over a...
  31. absolutely, buy more tips. with those dispensers,...

    absolutely, buy more tips. with those dispensers, i'll keep the original cap too. i wipe them clean and re-seal the tube with them. i think some people just leave the mix tube in place and use that...
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    that's the one i'd use. those cheap guns are...

    that's the one i'd use. those cheap guns are really hit or miss. some spray just fine, some leak at every fitting. you've already tested that one so you know it works.
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    looks good! are you happy with the performance?

    looks good! are you happy with the performance?
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    i wouldn't choose a full size gun for that, but...

    i wouldn't choose a full size gun for that, but it certainly can be done. i predict runs to be you biggest worry due to all the weird shapes and transitions. i try to go in and shoot all the hard...
  35. my thoughts exactly. i like the slow reducer in...

    my thoughts exactly. i like the slow reducer in the warmer temps. i use 75f as my benchmark.
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    i've used the bloxygen before as it's really...

    i've used the bloxygen before as it's really convenient with the little straw. but it's nothing more than canned argon. i just point my tig torch into the can for a few seconds. the gas lens does a...
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    there's precious little metal left there in some...

    there's precious little metal left there in some spots. new metal has to be added so there's some strength. if welding is out of the question, maybe you could spot blast to get it good and clean, cut...
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    lens right, you're close. but i see those couple...

    lens right, you're close. but i see those couple of high spots as a pain in the rear. plus, you've got a few different materials you're sanding that have different rates of removal when sanding. 40...
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    i use .035 solid on most everything but sheet...

    i use .035 solid on most everything but sheet metal. heck, i even use it on sheet metal now and then. you just need to play with the volts and wire speed a little to tune it in. i don't have a welder...
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    tri coat colors in my opinion, require spray out...

    tri coat colors in my opinion, require spray out cards to fine tune the color before taking it to the vehicle. you have so many options for adjusting the color. light or dark primer, # of base coats,...
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    first post i see, welcome to the group. i like...

    first post i see, welcome to the group.
    i like the idea of epoxy before paint on the underside, just for the corrosion resistance.
    in fact, i'd probably epoxy the top side too. i'd do the epoxy...
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    the silvertip can build up just like you do with...

    the silvertip can build up just like you do with polyester resin. if you catch it at just the right time, you can lay it up with no abrading or cleaning. if you let it sit till fully cured it will...
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    look here for help deciding what cloth will work...

    look here for help deciding what cloth will work best.
    https://fiberglasswarehouse.com/blogs/news/choosing-between-fiberglass-cloth-and-chopped-strand-mat-fiberglass-mat

    also here, i buy from...
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    the only thing i'd like to contribute to the...

    the only thing i'd like to contribute to the conversation is that if you're going to glass it, use epoxy for laminating and glass cloth for strength. be careful choosing the epoxy so you don't have...
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    doing well Ron, but like you, i'm really busy....

    doing well Ron, but like you, i'm really busy. different stuff, but busy all the same.
    thanks for the explanation regarding the third member treatment, i totally get the welding upgrade for the...
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    i dig watching the progress too. it's always good...

    i dig watching the progress too. it's always good to see how other people think about problem solving. i'm not super familiar with this pumpkin and how it's assembled, but did you say, ron, that...
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    yep, nothing like cutting the ceiling apart so...

    yep, nothing like cutting the ceiling apart so you can rig some straps. it's not a bad solution really, i'd probably do the same thing. with the low ceiling there's no room for overhead structure,...
  48. typically 400 for solid colors, 600 for metallic....

    typically 400 for solid colors, 600 for metallic. door jambs have a lot of contours though so you might need to scuff with a scotch brite pad to cover the hard to sand areas. i usually use a red pad,...
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    well done, it looks like a solid repair.

    well done, it looks like a solid repair.
  50. Thread: Rookie errors

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    you should probably cut off the tops of the runs...

    you should probably cut off the tops of the runs and let it cure some more. sometimes it can take a while for the inside of the run to cure since it's so thick. sand them about halfway off or maybe a...
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