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4/21/2016 2:17 PM  #1

Can't leave well enough alone...

So I have a pair of boring aluminum 5.0 HO valve covers.  I decide to make them look more 'vintage' by painting them, so they seem more at home in the engine bay of my '67 Cougar (almost a mustang!).

Everything's going well, except that I'm painting outside, and sure enough, a couple little bugs and bits of stuff get on them while they are drying.

I think to myself "Well, I'll let them dry for 3-4 hours, and sand the nasty bits off."

3-4 hours was not enough.  Even on a warm day, in the sun.

So the paint is pretty awful looking now, and all balled up.  SO!  No problemo.  I get a rag, and I get the acetone!  After getting paint all over everything, especially me, they are now down to mostly aluminum again, and smooth enough to paint.  So I start to spray them.

... and notice that the rag I used left huge fuzzies *ALL OVER*.

So now they look far worse than they did when I started.  I get out paper towels, because I have no non-fuzzy rags.  I start to work on it with acetone and the paper towels start leaving parts of themselves, adding to the lovely decoupage appearance I've created.

Maybe I should give up and just ... what is that stuff little girls use?  Plastic gems, glued all over?   Oh yeah!  BEDAZZLE!

At this point I should probably Bedazzle the dang things and call it good...

... but I won't.   I'm letting them *really* dry now.  And in 24 hours-ish, I will go back to them, and really sand  them smooth.  I will buy some rags that won't leave fuzzies all over them. And, God willing, I will spray them again, hopefully making them look like they aren't part of a 5th grader's model car. 

I'm sure there has to be a lesson in here somewhere!

"Whatever you are, be a good one." - Abraham Lincoln

11/04/2016 10:05 AM  #2

Re: Can't leave well enough alone...

What primer, and paint are you using?


11/04/2016 11:07 AM  #3

Re: Can't leave well enough alone...

I used a Rustoleum primer/paint stuff that's an all in one.  My real problem was trying to paint outside in Kansas.  It's always windy, and there are always bugs when it's warm.  


I will never get a professional result, with the circumstances I have, but after 4 tries, they turned out well enough that they're not embarrassing to look at. =)

"Whatever you are, be a good one." - Abraham Lincoln
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11/06/2016 5:14 PM  #4

Re: Can't leave well enough alone...

Hang them upside down or vertical next time

Money you enjoy wasting is NOT wasted money... unless your wife finds out.

11/06/2016 5:16 PM  #5

Re: Can't leave well enough alone...

Thanks for the tip!

"Whatever you are, be a good one." - Abraham Lincoln
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