BUILD THREAD Project Olds Cool (Updated 2/18/19)

fleming442

fleming442

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Such a nice job, shame it's got that corporate blue thing between the fenderwells... j/k!!!
Keep up the impeccable work! That has to be one of, if not THE, nicest G oon the planet ,or is at least, destined to be.
 
84 W40

84 W40

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You should have your own TV show, keep up the good work.
 
69hurstolds

69hurstolds

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I had a little welding project I needed doing. D said bring it on over. So I did.

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A few hours later with D's magic welder and mad metal skills:

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:D
 
ssn696

ssn696

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The Metal Whisperer!!!!!
 
Rktpwrd

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Thanks guys, for all the wonderful comments and support. I really appreciate y’all. Frankly I was more than surprised to see so many nice things said considering it’s just a silly little roof brace, but I sure appreciate the support nonetheless.
Thank you.

Looks great Donovan. What mm nozzles do you paint with? Also I assume you use an inline filter or water separator? Also what psi do you spray at? You are getting so close, keep up the ridiculously good work.
Christian, I have 3 main guns that I rely heavily on.

I have a dedicated primer gun with a huge 2.0 tip on it, a Finex base/clear gun with a 1.5 or 1.6 tip (can’t remember exactly), and a DeVilbiss touch up gun with a 1.4 tip. With these 3, I haven’t found anything I can’t do with them.

I have a TON of filtration and dryers between the compressor and the point of use, clean dry air is critical to achieving good paint results. I have 3 inline filters out of the compressor, a particulate, a coalescing, and a charcoal that knock out the crap as soon as possible. In this pic, they are in that order from right to left. I also incorporated a bypass so that the system doesn’t have to be bled down to change the filters:

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Once the air leaves the filters, it goes through a regulator to dial down system pressure to whatever I want. Out of the regulator, it goes into a refrigerated dryer...

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...to cool the air down and condense any water that’s still suspended in the airstream. On the opposite side of the shop, I have yet another dryer, this time a dessicant one as a final fail safe.

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I have never had to drain any water out of this dryer.

Note the multiple air line connections I have out of this dryer, in case I want to use more than one air hose at a time or have friends over that need air at the same time I do. What’s not visible here is the air hose that I have on a reel, hidden inside the end of my work bench:

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There’s also a timed drain on the drain of the compressor that automatically drains the condensate from inside the compressor tank:

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(It helps that this is my profession, and that I have access to all these things in my day to day work). 😁😁

As for the air pressure that I spray at, for a relative newbie I strongly recommend following the paint or primer manufacturers P sheets. It will vary from product to product, but usually it’ll be around 8-10 psi at the air cap for an HVLP gun. I personally have been spraying so long, I can usually set up my gun using their recommendations as a baseline, then fine tune it from there by ear and spraying a couple of test passes to get the pattern and fluid adjustments right on a piece of masking paper.

If you’ve never seen a P sheet, they’re available when you purchase your product, and it gives you all the particulars on what your product requires. Number of coats, flash times, dry and cure times, air pressure, prep, cleanup, everything.

It’ll look like this, and sometimes the information is available online as well. Note the recommended air pressure where my finger is:

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Hope this helps you out on your ‘88, good luck!

D.
 
olds307 and 403

olds307 and 403

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Donovan, why doesn't it surprise me you have the most complicated system I have ever seen to spray paint :). That helps a ton, I will pick up a water separator, inline filter, a couple of guns and regulator now I know what size nozzles I need. Yeah that helps a lot.
 
motorheadmike

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Donovan, why doesn't it surprise me you have the most complicated system I have ever seen to spray paint :).
Seriously. This man makes me feel like a hack... LOL.
 
ssn696

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The investment in equipment up front tells you how serious you are. I have a decorative gun from Harbor Fright that is right where it belongs. In the box with the shrink wrap still on it covered in a protective layer of dust.

Donovan, keep up the good work. I'll be sad if you sell the sticker after all the care and attention to detail.
 
Rktpwrd

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Donovan, why doesn't it surprise me you have the most complicated system I have ever seen to spray paint :). That helps a ton, I will pick up a water separator, inline filter, a couple of guns and regulator now I know what size nozzles I need. Yeah that helps a lot.
The investment in equipment up front tells you how serious you are. I have a decorative gun from Harbor Fright that is right where it belongs. In the box with the shrink wrap still on it covered in a protective layer of dust.

Donovan, keep up the good work. I'll be sad if you sell the sticker after all the care and attention to detail.
Granted, it’s probably overkill for the average enthusiast, but when it’s what I do for a living and have access to all this equipment, why wouldn’t I take advantage of it?

The big components like the refrigerated dryer and the filters and piping are all from my work, the dryer and filters were free from customers that wanted to upgrade their current equipment etc. The fact that I could put it all to good use is just icing on the cake.

And as for complexity, you ain’t seen nothing. Part of what I do for a living is designing and installing compressed air piping systems, here’s a couple pictures from a complete body shop install I did recently:

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85442/86buick

85442/86buick

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come on Donovan ,

your secret is out , the pictures are from the new home of Rktpwrd Shrunk Works.

nice and clean install by the way.

Dave
 

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