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  1. It worries me that you say 11 at the spray tip....

    It worries me that you say 11 at the spray tip. Are you measuring it somehow or just guessing because of some political definition of HVLP. I must have an overactive imagination because I can...
  2. That sounds good. Do you have the fan wide open...

    That sounds good. Do you have the fan wide open and the air pressure set at the gun with the trigger pulled? I donít know what that gun needs for clear but I wouldnít be surprised if it should be...
  3. Another thing that can cause it is spraying with...

    Another thing that can cause it is spraying with the air pressure too low. The clear doesnít atomise properly and the larger droplets of clear let too much solvent get on the surface. Be sure to set...
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    I always vote for BC/CC. Itís easy to repair a...

    I always vote for BC/CC. Itís easy to repair a run without messing up the metallic.

    Bob K
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    It sounds like you have a single straight flange...

    It sounds like you have a single straight flange instead of a flange with a 90 degree bend on the top. If it were me Iíd get a length of 3/4Ē sheet metal angle long enough to be fit up as a single...
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    I vote for using the hardener/activator because...

    I vote for using the hardener/activator because you may make a mistake somewhere along the line. You never plan to but it may happen. With it you can fix the mistake in short order. Without it the...
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    Itís a little late to tell you this, but if I...

    Itís a little late to tell you this, but if I need to interrupt the sequence of painting with epoxy for some reason, Iíll spray 2k surfacer on and let the project sit for days, weeks, or months or...
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    You can rule out needle problems be Pulling the...

    You can rule out needle problems be Pulling the trigger, removing the tip and loosening the needle screw while holding the needle still. Then while itís free turn it 90 or 180 degrees and carefully...
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    I put the base coat directly on the adhesion...

    I put the base coat directly on the adhesion promoter on everything plastic, even bumper covers. They get a lot of trauma in their everyday life and hold up well.

    Bob K
  10. Thread: Hood prep?

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    If you are doing it for yourself you can do just...

    If you are doing it for yourself you can do just about anything but if it were me I would mix up 10 oz of epoxy and put it on everywhere. Not much more of a job considering you have to prep the hood...
  11. Sorry to hear this. Hope everything goes well. ...

    Sorry to hear this. Hope everything goes well.

    Bob K
  12. Even as it went you had a better day than me. I...

    Even as it went you had a better day than me. I made a mistake but didnít learn from it. Iím repairing a lower grill on the car Iím building. It has about a foot missing of the top bar and fifteen...
  13. If I were doing it I would make a two piece sand...

    If I were doing it I would make a two piece sand mold and make the handle aluminum, but I would have to research the molding material as I have never done it, but aluminum seems stronger. Make the...
  14. Thread: HOK pin holes

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    I canít give you a number to use with your gauge...

    I canít give you a number to use with your gauge if you think it may not be accurate. No matter what the number was I would use more pressure. Do a trial on a small area of the car and see what works...
  15. Thread: HOK pin holes

    by Bob K
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    Iíve seen that from low air pressure at the gun....

    Iíve seen that from low air pressure at the gun. The paint goes on thick and looks good as it is sprayed but in reality it has been applied with poor atomization and it goes on too thick. The surface...
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    One thing I learned when welding two pieces of...

    One thing I learned when welding two pieces of sheet metal is that a long hold time with the arc is your worst enemy. Like bmarler said, even a second can be too long. Once the bead is started and...
  17. Thread: Alkalyd Paint

    by Bob K
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    I use my primer gun for that. It wonít hurt the...

    I use my primer gun for that. It wonít hurt the gun but I think if I miss a little paint when Iím cleaning the gun and then spray my car paint with its hot reducer then I will get any residue stuck...
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    Are you sure about 20 ft lbs and should it be 20...

    Are you sure about 20 ft lbs and should it be 20 inch lbs? I have that gun and the problem you talk about is not one I have ever had. The tip seal as I remember it is a machined taper and the only...
  19. Thread: Welding table

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    Iíve got the same table and like it a lot. It...

    Iíve got the same table and like it a lot. It takes up almost no space when not in use. Plan on getting 2 ďFĒ clamps to make best use of the holes in the table. Itís nice to have stuff clamped to the...
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    For me the worst thing about them is that the...

    For me the worst thing about them is that the motor makes carbon monoxide and even if you have it outside it can draw itís own exhaust gas into the compressor and thereby distribute it where you are...
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    The part you mentioned looks right but I have to...

    The part you mentioned looks right but I have to say Iíve ordered parts that looked right and found out I didnít recognize the correct part. Sometimes the scale of the drawing is deceptive. You can...
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    I prime the metal before I put on the seam...

    I prime the metal before I put on the seam sealer. I donít know if that is the correct procedure but I have a reason. The primer is thinner and gets into any gaps between metal panels that are spot...
  23. Thread: HVLP Runs?

    by Bob K
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    I think you answered your own question. ďit...

    I think you answered your own question.

    ďit appears to need me to go much faster as I have runs all over the fender.Ē

    I think you just need to play with the gun a little to get the feel of...
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    To me it looks like 4 big shallow dents. Take a...

    To me it looks like 4 big shallow dents. Take a pencil and finish the circle that is started by looking at the white epoxy on the high area on the edge of the dent. You should be able to feel them by...
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    I can understand your sentiment but you seem to...

    I can understand your sentiment but you seem to forget this is a site for people who enjoy this kind of work. Most of us have some sort of experience with different kinds of problems and we help...
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    I have a furnace fan that I installed in a wood...

    I have a furnace fan that I installed in a wood frame box made of 2x4’s. The frame is built to accept 3 furnace filters. One each on the left and right side and one on the back. The top and bottom...
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    Try rolling single stage paint on the sanded...

    Try rolling single stage paint on the sanded letters with a hard rubber roller. They sell them for applying pressure to laminate countertop Formica. You may want to thin the paint and do several...
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    In that picture that shows the metal creased you...

    In that picture that shows the metal creased you may find it hard to straighten. If it is behind the rear suspension and only holding the bumper bracket then I make a cut right down the center of...
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    Sorry, you're right. That dent I saw on the right...

    Sorry, you're right. That dent I saw on the right on closer inspection looks like a factory crumple zone. It looks good to me now. I usually stick with GM cars. My only Forester work was rust...
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    Did you go to the Subaru website and look at the...

    Did you go to the Subaru website and look at the parts breakdown? You can order the body pieces that are damaged more than you can fix. I donít have a frame rack but I do some totals like you have. I...
  31. I use lacquer thinner. It may not work on epoxy...

    I use lacquer thinner. It may not work on epoxy that has been dry too long. It wonít hurt the clear coat if you wipe it off right away, donít let it sit wet too long.

    Bob K
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    Not sure but 3M is one of my favorites and if it...

    Not sure but 3M is one of my favorites and if it was in the store thatís what I get.

    Bob K
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    I use them on vinyl. They work well. My newest...

    I use them on vinyl. They work well. My newest truck had vinyl stripes on the sides and I removed them with the rubber wheel. I made a mistake, the wheel was getting used up and I just had one...
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    I take 2 pieces of flat bar or angle iron a...

    I take 2 pieces of flat bar or angle iron a little longer than the distance between the front and rear bolt of the bed. Tack weld the bar to the bolt heads. If there are 4 bolts on each side then you...
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    This may not help but several years ago I...

    This may not help but several years ago I searched on Amazon for leather and found quite a few to choose from. I ordered one skin to cover a dining room chair. Iíve still got it in raw form since I...
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    If I find a pinhole I put a 36 grit disc on my...

    If I find a pinhole I put a 36 grit disc on my die grinder and grind it out. It canít be filled with another coat of body filler because air gets trapped in the pinhole and keeps the filler out. You...
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    Are you sure the sand scratches are in the clear...

    Are you sure the sand scratches are in the clear coat. Sometimes people put 2 part surfacer on scratch that is to deep and later when the surfacer shrinks the scratches become visible because the...
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    I have no way of knowing if a base coat I...

    I have no way of knowing if a base coat I encounter was waterborne or solvent based when I get a car. I donít know what the factories use. If I do a dent repair I cover the filler with 2k primer and...
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    My understanding of the reason to add an...

    My understanding of the reason to add an activator to the base coat was for insurance. If you need to resand and then expose the base coat paint the activator would prevent the solvent from...
  40. Thread: Heat Lamps

    by Bob K
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    I take mine off the stand and keep it in a...

    I take mine off the stand and keep it in a lateral file cabinet. I take the vertical rod off the roller base of the stand too so it doesnít take up much space. It was 98 degrees here last week. I...
  41. Thread: airbag deployed?

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    Did you turn the ignition on and watch the airbag...

    Did you turn the ignition on and watch the airbag light flash off and on several times and settle in at off. That tells you that the light is working and a self test is going on. If the light never...
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    I donít think I can be of much help, I only did...

    I donít think I can be of much help, I only did body work on one 1958 VW in Germany, but I hope you get a kick out of it. It was my first adventure in auto body repair. I had just had a head on...
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    If you can shoot the primer on why not clean your...

    If you can shoot the primer on why not clean your gun and shoot the black on, clean the gun again and shoot the clear on. You may get some dust on but that can be sanded and buffed out. Take your old...
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    Sorry, I canít speak about aluminum with...

    Sorry, I canít speak about aluminum with authority but I think you can spray it. Check the technical data sheet from Evercoatís site for the real information. I use a 2.2 tip on my primer gun for...
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    I was thinking about doing the bottom cover too...

    I was thinking about doing the bottom cover too because of the damage by the headlight but that may buff out and like Len said the color match may be difficult without blending into the hood so...
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    Fixing a small spot and making it look good is...

    Fixing a small spot and making it look good is harder than doing the entire bumper cover. Remove the headlights, and remove the bumper cover so you donít have to mask so much. It will be easier to...
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    Not over kill but maybe overpriced. Just by the...

    Not over kill but maybe overpriced. Just by the look of it in the pictures I get the feeling it should sell for $30 to $50. That gauge looks real cheap. The pressure regulator looks like one I bought...
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    If I had them I would toss that bad one out. I...

    If I had them I would toss that bad one out. I wouldnít say that two years ago but since I lost a wheel on the road I have a new understanding of just how easy it is to have lug nut failure. When one...
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    I haven't used any of those guns so I canít give...

    I haven't used any of those guns so I canít give good advice about them but I like using a smaller tip to get better control of the paint going down. The larger tip may hose the paint fast and...
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    I donít think 2 water separators will help. The...

    I donít think 2 water separators will help. The second one will just add resistance to air flow. The fact is that water separators only prevent liquid water from moving into the air lines. Liquid...
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