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Old 07-06-2019, 07:19 AM   #183
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Looks great . You are a painter . Don’t know what primer you used , but the PPG epoxy primer I use will have to be scuffed no earlier than 72 hrs . I found out the hard way on a big truck I did . Man you’re doing a great job , keep up the good work .
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Old 07-06-2019, 11:36 AM   #184
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Been awhile since I checked in...looking good! Glad to see another '56 Safari coming back to life!

We LOVE our teak mat in the shower - it was a great addition. We had it ordered to fit our pan from Teakworks4U a couple of years ago - especially the teak smell & warmth underfoot at night

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Old 07-07-2019, 07:21 PM   #185
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Joyflea, won't say I'm a painter. Don't do it often enough and the technology keeps changing. When I was painting a bunch, we used lacquer. Nothing like a black lacquer shine after many hours of sanding and buffing. Kind of dates me.

I did use the PPG epoxy. Not sure what you meant by "No earlier than 72 hours". Less than 72 hours, no scuffing required. I was so upset when I ran out, I couldn't hardly look at it for 72 hours. What kind of topcoat did you have trouble with and what happened? Zolatone is so sticky, I was tempted to just shoot it over the hardened epoxy, but I did it the right way, sand and re-prime with more epoxy. This should easily be good for another 60 years.

Sherri, I had bookmarked your section on painting and have probably read it four times. Thanks for your posts.

Brian, I'm not sure any of my wood projects "ooze of craftsmanship". I'm more of a weld it and beat it with a hammer kind of guy. Your's will be the technique I will try and if it doesn't work out I will try Sherri's and buy one and modify it.

Island Trader, didn't mean to scare anyone off, but if I ever do another trailer, I will investigate other options first. I do like the look we ended up with, but it was pricey.

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Old 07-07-2019, 07:37 PM   #186
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Painting Day 3

Realized I hadn't painted the interior of the closet and the inner door frame of the bathroom. Luckily I had still had about a quart of Zolatone left. No problem now I know what to expect. The picture also shows the paint pot I picked up on Amazon for $85. Even includes a spray head with a 2 mm nozzle. Don't think I will be painting any cars with this rig, but it worked great for the Zolatone. Mark
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Old 07-07-2019, 08:08 PM   #187
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Mark , the problem I had was reducer pop . It was because I was painting on wood . Used a sealer over epoxy primer after flashing , I guess the reducer came out of the wood and that was what happened. Waited 30 hours , scuffed and shot top coat and it looked great . I called PPG home and called auto color and neither one could tell you anything as they donít test on wood or latex with auto paint . Played around a little and used a good latex primer and after 3 days scuffed and shot single stage auto on and it looks great . Time will tell as I have the board in the sun . See if it will hold up . Latex primer about a third the cost of auto epoxy .
I too started with lacquer and did hundreds of MC tanks and a few autos . Lots of sanding between coats but you could still put on 20 in a day . It would look a mile deep . Have fun . Blue
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Old 07-07-2019, 08:16 PM   #188
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On the not any sooner than 72 hrs. You said you ran out of Z and were scuffing up your primer . If you scuff it you have to shot your top coat within that 72 . It will seal over again . If I have to wait for more than 72 I will schuss again .
I painted a car , primed whole car , shot a red on bottom and could not paint the top for 5 days . Scuffed after 72 then it was about 85 hours before a painted after scuffing . Had problems with that top coat coming off . Lesson learned .
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Blue, thanks for the details on your epoxy issue. I thought the 72 hours was the time it took it to cross link, surprised you had an issue. All of my scuffing was within three days of final anyway and I also sprayed another coat of epoxy primer an hour before. Not to mention the Zolatone is some pretty tough stuff. I should be good. Thanks, Mark
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Old 07-10-2019, 07:54 PM   #190
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Progress

Now the interior paint work is done and the floor installed, the real fun has begun. It is a target rich environment to be sure. And things are leaving my basement, hopefully never to return. I must say it is nice having everything cleaned up and ready to go back in.

I started the final assembly by ringing out and marking all of the new wiring. After updating my schematics I then installed all of the light fixtures and plugs. I figured it was easier to reach everything before the furniture gets in the way.

For the 115v, I used marine braided cable, which I now know may have been overkill. To terminate I used crimped fittings with glued shrink wrap. Quite a difference from the original twisted wires with friction tape.
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All of the light fixtures have been converted to 12v and I decided to use two prong connectors instead of hard wiring them. It would bother me to have to cut some wires to remove a fixture. They are really pretty inexpensive.
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Next in the closet. This part is fun.
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Old 07-10-2019, 08:33 PM   #191
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Mark,íthatís all looking perfect. Itís amazing how much your layout looks like our 55. You are entering easy street. What a great feeling. Keep it up, the finish line is in site.
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Closet looks great. The final assembly is the fun part, and yes, you have the hard work done. Your Safari will be such fun to travel in. You're going to have a lot of people wanting to check out your 55.

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