Wow Jonathan, I thought I had a lot of annoying details but you're thinking of everything. The Cruiser is very close to finished. Hope to wrap tomorrow. The Bare Metal Foil brand decal paper was very disappointing. It lays down okay but the ink flakes off when you cut and trim. I printed on white because I thought the print would be richer. I hope the ink adheres better to the clear sheet, but that's for another project. For this reason the cutouts around the door handles are hashed but it is what it is. I'm calling this a 2004 and going with body colored bumpers. They were black in 2001 and 2002.
Clearcoated the relevant Cruiser parts tonight. Me and a partner at work won $400 in a radio trivia game and we split it. I bought a food dehydrator with part of my share. Tonight I cut open the trays and gave it a test run. The Cruiser is in it now, we'll see what all the buzz is about.
The mechanics of the poll software allows only five choices per question. So the choices have to be grouped. It would be nice if there could be one question with unlimited choices but per Jantrix, Gregg won't change the program just for our CBP.
This may have been discussed before, I don't recall, but I wonder if it would be more equitable to have only one vote with "None of the above" as an option for the groups and instructions to vote for one model only. The rest of the groups get "none of the above." I could prepare thumbnails too to aid in choosing rather than ask voters to shuttle over to the other thread. Something like this. It would be more presentable than this but you get the idea. Group 1 1. Helix - Dodge Ram 50 2. Christian-W - Mini Cooper 3. Dominik - VW Beetle 4. Rotorbolt73 - '76 Chevy Caprice 5. None of the above Group 2 1. Jantrix - '77 AMC Pacer Wagon 2. Chunkypeanutbutter - '76 International Harvester Scout II 3. Drag Freak - '64 Ford Fairlane 4. Vekasiini - Delahaye 135 5. None of the Above
The safe, general rule I've always heard and what I follow for any paint is no less than 48hrs. I know the humidity in Thailand can be oppressive and can effect dry times, but I assume you'll be drying in climate controlled indoors.
Body in paint. Krylon came through with a color dang close to stock, almost exactly as I envisioned it. Sort of a silvery champaign color. Looks rather gold in this photo though. Can't wait for the woody veneer.
I did some of my best modeling in an apartment (8-plex). A couple times I spray painted in the bathroom with the fan on, and plenty of newspapers. But looking back, that did little to contain the fumes. I wouldn't do it again. I also knew a guy with a shop who let me spray there (didn't like it much). In your case, investing in a good paint booth vented outside would be worth the expense. You'll never need it more or enjoy it more. Of course, winter was a little bigger painting issue for me than it might be for you there. When I was jobless I did a lot of casting there. I was lucky to have a large enough bedroom to set up a table. I'd charge up my (20-gal) compressor during the day when the building was mostly empty, nobody was sleeping and I knew nobody on any side of me was home. A charge would last me about three days. If that's not an option, buy a $30 tank and charge it at the gas station. Sounds like you have the same will I did, so there's a way.