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Date:  8-1-2015
Number of Hours:  1.00
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Brief Description:  Cherokee Pant Fix & Paint 5

I made some stands for the parts. Holding parts firmly so the whole thing can be sprayed is one key part to successful paint job.

First time I tried to spray primer I made every mistake in the book and did no priming. I had to get a large tip for my gun. Here are some things I learned.

Primer requires 1.6 - 1.9 tip.
Paint uses a 1.3 tip.
Gun drops pressure 15 psi. So to get a cap pressure of 10 psi you need an inlet pressure at the handle of 25psi.
Spray within 8 inches of material. Beyond this and paint lands too dry. But too close and it runs.
Flaws can be sanded out and buffed.
Buffing works.

I primed the wheel pants. Turned out there were lots of wrinkles, flaws and other bumps I wanted to sand out. So I sanded with wet P400 sand paper. I did about 3 or 4 iterations of prime sand - prime sand until they looked fairly smooth. Then I painted them.
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Primer looks pretty good

Primer looks pretty good

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