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- Good work is possible only with good equipment and material.
- Use thinner of the same brand as the lacquer you are using.
- Two thin coats dry faster and give better results than one thick coat.
- In equipping a shop get equipment with sufficient capacity to provide for growth.
- Cheap equipment is no economy.
- Pressure variations upset the "pattern" of the spray. The center of the spray is generally the "wettest "—be sure the edges overlap.
- Read and heed the instructions of the manufacturer of your spray equipment.
- Read and heed the instructions of the manufacturer of your materials.
- Keep your air conditioner clean. Drain it daily.
- A small touch-up gun with an assortment of color in small containers is a good investment.
- Never put equipment away without cleaning thoroughly. A clean shop is a safe shop.
- Placing paint tube in thinner and pulling trigger of gun quickly and thoroughly cleans all passages.
- Steel drums should not be used under pressure.
- Do not use steel floors. They may cause sparks—and sparks are dangerous.
- A drop of oil on the working parts of your gun smooths the action and preserves the mechanism.
- Never use pliers on your gun—use a wrench.
- A round spray is best for wheel spokes and other small areas.
- Keep your gun moving if you would avoid runs and sags. Use a fan spray and overlap your strokes when covering panels.
- Keep your spraying strokes parallel.
- Low air pressure causes rough finishes.
- Holding the gun too far from the surface causes excessive dust and gives a poor finish.
- Holding the gun too close tends to cause sags and runs. Pin holes in the finish are generally due to water or oil in the air lines.
- Always make the first coat of lacquer light. That seals the under coats.
- Gas sand lacquers, but not lacquer undercoaters. The gas attacks the gum in undercoats.
- The longer the last coat of lacquer dries, the more brilliant will be the finish when rubbed.
- Thinner will quickly remove lacquer from metal parts. Keep your spray booth or room well ventilated but avoid drafts.
- A cool spray room may cause pitting of the finish.
- A temperature of 70° is recommended for spraying and drying.
- Keep lacquers and similar supplies in a steel cabinet—and in a room of about 70°.
- Excessive sanding or use of coarse paper causes scratches to show when refinishing over old lacquer.
- Keep the hands off the bare metal or finish of a car. Oil in the skin or perspiration injures lacquer.
- Paint removers contain wax and this should be wiped from the surface with turpentine before spraying.
- Use nothing but lights protected with vapor proof globes in a refinishing room.
- Lacquer spraying is not hazardous if proper precautions are taken against fire.
- Foam type fire extinguishers are good insurance in any shop.
- Run your exhaust fan for a few moments after you have stopped spraying.
- Ground all electric motors, switches, etc., to guard against sparks.
- Never install an electric motor inside of a spray booth. Place a metal comb, well grounded, so as to keep static electricity from accumulating on belts.
- Never drive an automobile under its own power into or out of the finishing room.
- Disconnect the battery of every car that enters your refinishing room.
- Invite your local fire or insurance inspector to check over your shop. He is your friend. Follow his suggestions.
- When polishing the finish use a ribbed cloth. It holds the polishing material better than plain cloth.
- All finishes break down in time. That is due to either chalking, cracking, or peeling.
- Premature chalking most commonly results from excessive pigment in the finish—possibly as a result of settling in the container.
- Cracking may result from applying additional coats without waiting long enough for the undercoats to dry thoroughly.
- Peeling indicates that the surface on which the new finish was sprayed was not properly cleaned up.
- Orange peel effect may result from too much air pressure, finish applied too thick, or insufficient thinner.
- Slow drying generally indicates thick application, oily surface, or failure to remove all traces of paint remover.
- Lacquer and equipment manufacturers want you to get the best possible results from their products. Take up specific questions with them.