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    Add another vote for the finishline 3. For...

    Add another vote for the finishline 3. For primer, it's all I've ever used, so I can't really comment on how it stacks up to other guns. But the ability to change tips with minimal effort makes it...
  2. The best course of action is to check and see...

    The best course of action is to check and see what the paint manufacturer recommends for painting plastics. Any painting products are only as flexible as the hardest one. Most flex additives are...
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    I was going to suggest the same thing. Find the...

    I was going to suggest the same thing. Find the paperwork from the installation, check for any warranties, call the glass place and see what comes of it.
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    I also painted the doors and the back side of the...

    I also painted the doors and the back side of the cab below the rear window. Eventually I'll paint the whole truck. I can't stress enough, just how much I hate the tedium of masking, so I wanted to...
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    For this repair I used aftermarket cab corners...

    For this repair I used aftermarket cab corners that are commonly available. GM doesn't make a patch panel for this repair. They sell the complete panel but that will set you back about $400/side. ...
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    K1500 cab corner replacement

    I've got a '95 K1500 that had typical K1500 cab corners after 17 years. They rot from the inside out. There were actually no holes until I started picking at it and within minutes, I was left with...
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    The only reason I advised him to do that is...

    The only reason I advised him to do that is because he's nervous about doing something that might cause them to deploy. The chance of an accidental deployment is somewhere around slim to none. You...
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    You've got an IROC with the 305 TPI engine and...

    You've got an IROC with the 305 TPI engine and t-tops. The IROC will turn out to be the most desired model from that generation. You can already see it on ebay that the examples which were actually...
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    I don't know about GM vehicles. On some of the...

    I don't know about GM vehicles. On some of the older Fords, the power supply for the airbags came from some rather large capacitors inside the airbag "computer." Capacitors typically don't hold...
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    I'm no pro. I've painted one car in my life. It...

    I'm no pro. I've painted one car in my life. It never ceases to amaze me when I see what people are willing to tape around instead of just removing. If the owner was paying out of pocket, it...
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    Something else to consider. Why do any of this? ...

    Something else to consider. Why do any of this? It's a 20 year old Ford Tempo we're talking about. You've admitted that it's a $500 car that runs great but looks like crap. The value you get out...
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    Seriously, throw that thing away. I understand...

    Seriously, throw that thing away. I understand the "sentimental value" thing, but step back and look at that car. There is nothing worth saving there. You can get another one (in good condition)...
  13. If your painter knows how to properly use a...

    If your painter knows how to properly use a buffer, then body edges and lines should not be an issue for him.
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    It varies. There is no rhyme or reason to how...

    It varies. There is no rhyme or reason to how paint is priced. Most people will agree that DuPont Chromabase is an excellent middle of the road paint. Most people would also say that Glasurit...
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    If you search the site, you can find a lot of the...

    If you search the site, you can find a lot of the answers to your questions. Check the classroom section.

    Etch primer is a primer that is applied directly to bare steel or aluminum. It is an...
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    The Devilbiss Finishline/FLG-3 IMO is the best...

    The Devilbiss Finishline/FLG-3 IMO is the best bang for your buck out there. Take that with a grain of salt because I'm not a pro. My reasoning is based on my limited experience and some of the...
  17. Thread: 3M Trizact

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    3M Trizact

    I'm not usually one to shill for multi-billion dollar corporations that are intent on world domination, but in this case I have to make an exception.

    About a month ago I finally bought a DA with...
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    Duplicolor is lacquer and will probably have...

    Duplicolor is lacquer and will probably have issues with the omni since the solvents for the Omni are MUCH stronger. Urethane reducer will lift off lacquer faster then paint stripper.
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    You can cut and buff any BC/CC. Mottling is a...

    You can cut and buff any BC/CC. Mottling is a side effect of using cheap paint.
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    Also try e-bay. I took about 3 minutes to find a...

    Also try e-bay. I took about 3 minutes to find a back door for your car that appeared to be in decent shape for $35. It's in GA. There's a huge variation in price on used parts, but e-bay is the...
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    Also, make sure the gun is clean.

    Also, make sure the gun is clean.
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    If it's blasted already, powdercoat it. The...

    If it's blasted already, powdercoat it. The material cost for the primers, BC, and CC will exceed the cost to take the bare frame to a powder coater and have finish durability that can't be matched...
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    You would be wise to put a flex additive in the...

    You would be wise to put a flex additive in the paint for the plastic bumpers. Some people disagree with whether they are needed or not. I say they do because I've seen far too many cars repainted...
  24. Thread: Warmer weather

    by jhowell
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    In 50 degree weather it will probably take an...

    In 50 degree weather it will probably take an hour or more for the filler to cure. I'd try to get things a bit warmer first.
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    Has anyone tried this stuff?...

    Has anyone tried this stuff?
    http://www.evercoat.com/productCategory.aspx?cat=47
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    I accidentally used some metal cleaner as the...

    I accidentally used some metal cleaner as the reducer for some epoxy.It was just on a decklid. It worked.
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    I used some euro-soft last summer and found it...

    I used some euro-soft last summer and found it was a nightmare to sand compared to many other fillers. It is smooth however.
  28. When I was in college, most of the kids I knew...

    When I was in college, most of the kids I knew didn't have the available cash to invest in repairs. Times change however and I do know that more and more are sent away with a nice BMW or Acura. ...
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    Without pics, I think we should first assume that...

    Without pics, I think we should first assume that his hood is hazy from neglect/dirt/etc. Owners tend to be the most critical people when it comes to their personal vehicle. What looks hazy to him,...
  30. Poll: I have painted one car so I am by no means a pro....

    I have painted one car so I am by no means a pro. I don't think that the material being plastic or steel/aluminum has any bearing one the color difference. In the case of many new cars, I think the...
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    Why do many after market body kit companies opt...

    Why do many after market body kit companies opt for fiberglass instead of urethane? Simple. Price. With fiberglass you can build a mold from wood, and then seal the wood, put the fiberglass in and...
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    There are instructions out there for properly...

    There are instructions out there for properly aiming H4 headlights. I've got them in two of my cars and they are vastly superior to the DOT lights. Check out:
    www.danielsternlighting.com
  33. Well, if the car means that much to you, I would...

    Well, if the car means that much to you, I would throw out the (as you call it) bootlid and find a salvage yard replacement. It can't be that expensive and not use killing yourself trying to...
  34. Thread: maaco

    by jhowell
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    To reinforce what was previously stated, Maaco...

    To reinforce what was previously stated, Maaco shops are franchises which means there is a huge variance in what you can expect in terms of quality. My brother an I looked into getting a Maaco...
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    This is probably one of those debates that will...

    This is probably one of those debates that will continue for as long as the synthetic versus conventional motor oil debate. I have to agree with the pros that say filler first. Filler seems to...
  36. Thread: Skim coating

    by jhowell
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    Why not hose it down with slick sand and block...

    Why not hose it down with slick sand and block since that's sort of what it's made for.
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    If it's not too late to do so already, I'd go...

    If it's not too late to do so already, I'd go check that car thoroughly to make sure there's some deer blood, or at least some fur from a deer on it. That's looks like a lot of damage for a deer...
  38. I'm no pro, but the mathematics on this one make...

    I'm no pro, but the mathematics on this one make no sense. First of all, there is no way I would pay $10.5K for a 5 year old G35 that's been wrecked. But hey, it's your money.

    The shop said...
  39. I'm assuming the window is broken? All of...

    I'm assuming the window is broken?

    All of those glass shops are trying to rip this guy off because they can clearly see he doesn't know any better.
    Try this place....
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    This is an awesome series. I haven't been around...

    This is an awesome series. I haven't been around in a while but I'm glad I stopped in and checked out this site so I could find the link to the videos. In terms of cost, he only has 9 days invested...
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    I bought a harbor freight stud welder last...

    I bought a harbor freight stud welder last winter. It's so piss poor that the name on the label is misspelled. The tip isn't designed very well so you have to be lined up almost perfect to get it...
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    If you had let your insurance company deal with...

    If you had let your insurance company deal with this from day one, you wouldn't be having these problems now. Since you didn't do this then you should have involved an attorney when the job didn't...
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    IIRC once you use fisheye eliminator, you've got...

    IIRC once you use fisheye eliminator, you've got to stick with it all the way or start over. I could be wrong, but that's my guess.
  44. Thread: R-M Diamont

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    Also keep in mind that the price of any painting...

    Also keep in mind that the price of any painting material is all relative. The distributors are as secretive about their pricing as the paint companies are regarding the chemical composition of...
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    Make sure you stir them well before using.

    Make sure you stir them well before using.
  46. Thread: Pearl Powder

    by jhowell
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    You said PPG over USPaint so I'm assuming you're...

    You said PPG over USPaint so I'm assuming you're talking about Awlgrip? I'm wondering why you're mixing and matching on something that is clearly not inexpensive? Whatever you do, give everyone on...
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    I always thought that the reason you had...

    I always thought that the reason you had different colors for the primer was so you could tell each layer of material apart from one another.
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    I have a finishline III and use it primarily for...

    I have a finishline III and use it primarily for primers. It's incredibly versatile as it comes with 3 fluid tips and they can be changed in about 1-2 minutes. In addition you can buy additional...
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    10lbs at the cap is the requirement for HVLP. ...

    10lbs at the cap is the requirement for HVLP. However, unless you can measure the pressure at the cap, you won't know what it is. The only way around this is to have an owner's manual that states...
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    The wax and grease remover is a solvent and...

    The wax and grease remover is a solvent and should remove any contaminants from the surface without needing soap and water. Let me get this straight.
    The van already has one coat of epoxy and...
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