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Old 10-09-2020, 09:55 AM
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Getting closer...



I epoxied the body on Tuesday afternoon, then sprayed 2k filler over the bad spots (a.k.a. MOST of it!) on Wednesday. Thursday I hand sanded down the body with 320 grit and dabbed a little red putty on a few spots. Today I'll sand down the red putty spots, clean the paint booth floor, wipe the car down with prep cleaner, and later spray another coat of epoxy. Tomorrow's plan is to spray green and clear. Then everything can sit and cure for a few weeks until I have to tear down the paint booth to make room for my truck before the snow flies!
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Old 10-12-2020, 10:15 AM
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still needs wet sanding, but that will have to wait a few weeks...or months...





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Old 10-15-2020, 11:30 AM
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So...I wasn't anywhere near 100% happy with the results of the clear coat I sprayed on Sunday (*), so I scuffed it up and laid 2 more coats yesterday with a 1.3mm tip instead of 1.5mm tip. Also bumped up the air pressure for better atomization. Still not 100%, but definitely above 80% satisfaction now! Good enough for my first paint job ever! lol

As I was showing the clear coat to a neighbor who stopped by, I mentioned that I would probably have to wait until spring to wet sand. He asked "why? you have a heated shop and it's not like you want a hose with a metal end anywhere near your new paint." Hmmmm...damn good points! a plastic water bottle with a nice soft NON-PAINT-SCRATCHING tip would do fine! I can just mop up the water later...
And not like there's a winter trip on the horizon this year...

* the epoxy, 2k filler and base color all sprayed on wonderfully - it was just the clear coat that made a foggy mess and tons of dusty and clumpy overspray. Same manufacturer for all my layers...same gun. Oh well...live and learn...
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Old 10-16-2020, 09:06 AM
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The longer you wait to cut and buff that clear coat the harder it will be. It should normally be done after 24 to 36 hours while it is still soft. After a few days it will be as hard as a rock to wet sand.

Looks great btw. That green really pops!
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Old 10-16-2020, 09:14 AM
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maybe tomorrow...they're talking a heat wave again. we might see low 50s! brrrrr....
but first i need to air out the shop. right now my throat starts itching after a minute in there!
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Old 10-17-2020, 10:01 AM
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The longer you wait to cut and buff that clear coat the harder it will be. It should normally be done after 24 to 36 hours while it is still soft. After a few days it will be as hard as a rock to wet sand.

Looks great btw. That green really pops!
Quite right, a sod when hard, I did a Norton Dominator frame in purple flack many years ago and left the clear coat a week, took another week to rub it down.

Fab color though very nice, I would more than happy with anything close to that.
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