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  1. Indeed. I suspect the bug that got me that one...

    Indeed. I suspect the bug that got me that one time followed me into the booth. After that I installed bug attractant lights high up in the far corners, as well as in my short entryway into the...
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    Air conditioning this shop may not be an option....

    Air conditioning this shop may not be an option. This will be a rental shop, so I'm not going to spend a large amount of my money to set up air conditioning in it. I'll talk with the owner to see if...
  3. That's what I was thinking. I wasted some money...

    That's what I was thinking. I wasted some money and time years ago on a DA polisher and found that it just wasn't up to the task for anything other than light detailing. Completely useless for any...
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    I'm going to Wichita Falls, Texas. I know it's...

    I'm going to Wichita Falls, Texas. I know it's not as humid there as some of the coastal regions, but it's still way more humid than what I am used to. My goal is to get the shop humidity level down...
  5. I don't have near the experience that some of the...

    I don't have near the experience that some of the above posters have, so my advice isn't on their level.. but for what it's worth, they're absolutely right about the negative consequences of spraying...
  6. Sure looks like there are imperfections to me...

    Sure looks like there are imperfections to me too.

    I am definitely not what anyone would call an "industry professional", nor am I at all up to date on the latest methods and materials that...
  7. Nobody uses a rotary polisher any more? I sure...

    Nobody uses a rotary polisher any more? I sure do. I'm curious, if nobody is using a rotary polisher, what are they using? Not trying to say I doubt what you're saying, I'm genuinely curious.
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    Shop dehumidification

    Hello everyone.. You guys were nice enough to provide me with some quality information on some issues I was having a couple years ago.. now I come to you again. I'll be moving to Texas very soon, and...
  9. So, next question.. if you do sand through the...

    So, next question.. if you do sand through the clear into basecoat that has not been activated, I understand that you should spray some clear over it first so it does not lift.. the question is, do...
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    I've encountered paint jobs on occasion over the...

    I've encountered paint jobs on occasion over the years that had such poor prep work that they could be literally shaved off with a straight razor blade, or even came off with a pressure washer. You...
  11. I understand that activator and hardener are not...

    I understand that activator and hardener are not the same, and I did not suggest adding clear coat hardener to base coat. I asked if adding more hardener to the clear would make up for a lack of it...
  12. Ok.. so, for my clarification's sake.. is the...

    Ok.. so, for my clarification's sake.. is the reason that you don't catalyze your base simply because it isn't necessary? Or is there some specific disadvantage to catalyzing it?

    Edit: and a...
  13. This is why I like having discussions on topics...

    This is why I like having discussions on topics like this.. even in this thread I'm getting different answers.

    One thing I am not interested in doing is duplicating the OEMs and their compromise...
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    Got it. You're definitely right about it gumming...

    Got it. You're definitely right about it gumming up the paper fast. How do you feel about going over cured epoxy with red scotchbrite prior to doing body work or recoating?
  15. The advantages and disadvantages of catalyzing basecoat

    Since you folks here seem to be a great source of information backed by long experience, I hope you don't mind if I keep picking your brains on this stuff...

    I've heard differing opinions on...
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    Is it fair to assume then that there are adhesion...

    Is it fair to assume then that there are adhesion issues with spraying epoxy, letting it fully cure, then sanding and coating over it later?
  17. I've always shied away from using a more powerful...

    I've always shied away from using a more powerful sander like that, out of concern for digging into the surface, resulting in more work to do to straighten it out. Fairly ironic I suppose,...
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    I am absolutely NOT the expert that these...

    I am absolutely NOT the expert that these gentlemen are at this, but this is exactly what I meant by "flake control" coat. A light mist coat that ensures the metallic and color are spread evenly...
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    Are you doing a flake control coat where you back...

    Are you doing a flake control coat where you back the gun way off the surface and "fog" the paint on to ensure the flake is spread evenly?
  20. I elected to have it blasted because it was...

    I elected to have it blasted because it was taking absolutely forever to sand it down, even using 36 grit on a DA. The surface rust was very heavy, had a fair bit of pitting in the metal. I tried 80,...
  21. It's a '72 Cadillac Sedan deVille. I'm in Carson...

    It's a '72 Cadillac Sedan deVille. I'm in Carson City, Nevada. I don't begin to have the metal working skills necessary to make a new skin for this trunklid. It would take a VERY talented metalworker...
  22. That's good to know. For what it's worth, one...

    That's good to know. For what it's worth, one medium coat covers these surfaces enough to leave a nice smooth, flat finish.

    I may be making it sound like it's some horribly rough surface with...
  23. I have already begun my search for another, but...

    I have already begun my search for another, but I'm not going to get my hopes up. You never know what you're going to find out there, but I don't suspect there are very many of these left out there...
  24. I've elected to go with blasting on some of these...

    I've elected to go with blasting on some of these cars due to the thorough, complete removal of paint and rust from every last crevice, including all the areas that are very difficult to effectively...
  25. Interesting.. so you're saying a surface can...

    Interesting.. so you're saying a surface can actually be too rough for primer to adhere properly?
  26. Oh I totally understand I will be using filler on...

    Oh I totally understand I will be using filler on this car to get it straight like I want it. I am by no means a well-experienced metal man, and I understand that even with great experience, you...
  27. Let's talk more in depth about media blasting, cleaning and surface prep

    As I mentioned in my first thread, I have now had some serious issues with my media blaster. However, prior to this I have been quite satisfied with the cars and parts he had blasted for me so far....
  28. That's an interesting method. For my own...

    That's an interesting method. For my own educational purposes, is there no heat and quench method by itself that I can use to shrink it down, without having to resort to the hammer and dolly as well?...
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  30. Fixing panels warped by media blasting

    Good evening, all.. This is my first post here. This forum was recommended to me as the most likely place for me to get a good answer to my question.

    So, I have a small restoration shop, and have...
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