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post #11 of 41 (permalink) Old 09-27-2011, 10:50 PM
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Great stuff, keep it coming!

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I believe the fan is just for ventilation while he's there painting. That sh|t'll kill ya. I used to do a lot of painting (guitars tho) about 20 years ago and i swear to this day i did serious damage to my lungs and circulatory system. Tho i wasn't near as careful as hagatha. Not careful at all.
Speaking of painting, i painted a few bikes many years ago. I'm talking mid 70's. And back then paints were so different that you could buy paint in cans from honda that would do a factory perfect job with ease, and dry like glass ! Today the EPA regulations have made nearly every chemical that made that possible illegal and even with pro spray gun setup you can't find paint that good anymore. Today what they are allowed to use in canned paints is limited to the extent the solvents won't allow the paint to ever fully cure, even after years. It never truly hardens.
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Hagatha, great write up, thanks for taking the time to let all of us follow along!!!!
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I just noticed this thread. Great write up, and I love the pics. Keep it coming. I can't wait to see your Bird back together.
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I'm glad there are so many followers...

Let me get into a bit of detail on the "Booth"... The object here was to create enough over-pressure that dust can not enter the painting area. The fan is blowing through the filter, thus only "clean air" is in the booth. When I'm actually doing the painting, the garage is closed up tight, no air moving other than whats coming out of the booth. And I must say it worked really well... I counted a total of 4 nibs (dirt) in the clear, 2 of which you won't be able to see.

draeger, the fan needs to run until the paint is no longer tacky...

As dazco said this stuff is really bad for you... so I used a really good respirator, coveralls, gloves and goggles. I should have worn a hat... lol I think all my hair is gonna fall out (whats left anyway).

I had a bit of a set back yesterday though... The tank itself was a BEAR... The clear is really the HARD part... Well my first attempt at it was a failure.... I had several runs, and when it did, it picked up the pearl and there was no way around it, except to sand it down and try again... so it was back down to the primer. I had to prime, base coat, mid coat, and then wait until today to shoot the clear again... With a fresh start I went to the paint shop and got another QT... $88 This time I really took my time and let the clear "flash" between coats... The instruction said to wait 3-5 min between coats, so I waited 8 min... This time it came out pretty good. I'm still not really happy with it but most of the problems will never show.

Tomorrow when I get home from work, I start to wet sand the clear and buff...

I spent the rest of the day putting it back together again. I'm re-doing the rear wiring harness because of the other custom work I've done, like relocate the tag and turn signals, and I added some LED brake lights too...

I also found out today the fuel filter is inside the tank... That sucks! because no matter how careful you are you are gonna get dirt/water in the tank.

I'll post more pics tomorrow during the re-assembly.

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Thanks hagatha ... great stuff. Love this thread

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Greetings,

Not a good day After all the work I've done (for the 2nd time), it looks like there is gonna be a 3rd.



I think that earlier in the thread I explained what "solvent pop" was. It is where the solvent or Reducer has not had a chance to evaporate completely before the next coat is applied... Well that's what I get for trying to rush things. If you look closely you can see the air bubbles in the clear, in spots it has even separated the clear from the pearl.



in this pic you can also see a run, it is just to the right of the glare spot. If it was just this run I'm sure this could be sanded out. But with the other issues it means, back down to the primer and start over again. I'm determined to get the tank right... all the other pieces turned out close to perfect!



here's a spoiler pic... I've got it back together, except for finishing up the rear wiring harness...

I like the way the color ties in with my new Corbin seat

I'll post again with some pic of the process I go through when painting the tank again...

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Thats gonna look killer! For some reason the tank is always the hardest to paint, I think because it is nothing but curves.

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Greetings,

Nothing very exciting today... On my way home from work I bought a 6 pack (Corona's). SO the title of the pictures is appropriate.



Two beers



Four Beers



outa beer

I will spray the primer tomorrow, the base coat & mid coat Wednesday, and the Clear on Thursday...

Hopefully the old clichés "thrid times a charm" will hold true

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Very cool thread...thanks for posting....
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