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Old 11-13-2004, 05:41 PM
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So I have been farting around all day, managed to do some welding on a landscaping trailer, pretty slow day. Took a look at my welding equipment that just past the three year old mark. Anyhow, I thought well its time to tune up the equipment, gave them a quick light sand with a scotchbrite pad, then three coats of clearcoat.

Here's the powermig, bear in mind, this unit is abused and tortured daily, I mean inside outside, inside of trailers, overspray from other projects in the shop, the never ending, whoops there goes another scratch. Dropping hammers, scrap metal, forklift collisions, etc etc etc.

This is a closeup, check the shine out.
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Old 11-13-2004, 05:43 PM
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here is a overview shot. I pulled the back wheels off and used my chain fall to lift the unit up so I can easily spray it.

Used Sherwin Williams clear coat kit, cheap stuff and had it left over from another job.
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Old 11-13-2004, 05:44 PM
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While i was at it, gave the Dialarc and quit sand and shoot that too.
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Looks great Big!

Surprising how such a little thing can make such a big difference!! Gotta love basecoat/clearcoat...
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Makes look like new Big! make next time ur slow maybe u could run down and do mine.......
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Old 11-13-2004, 10:24 PM
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That is absolutely disgusting.
Next, you'll be sellin off those machines to some unsuspecting beginner and buyin new ones.
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Old 11-14-2004, 04:49 AM
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Old 11-14-2004, 02:17 PM
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Dang it, Big! Just after I have decided against clear coating my Bobcat, you go and post this! Now I may have to rethink. What is the name of the el cheapo SW clear coat?? Cheap is good for me. I assume you masked off the decals and stuff, right? That made a big diff in the Power Mig. I remember it from a few posts on the Welding Toilet. If it didn't look so good, I wouldn't have to rethink!
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Old 11-14-2004, 02:40 PM
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Dda I actually clearcoated right over the decals, I had originally wanted to buy new decals, but the original decals were okay, clearcoating, made them look better than new. Even the front panel decal too.

The advantage to the clear coat is that it will clean up easier now too. Customer in this morning and look at the arc welder and asked if it was new!!!!!

The clearcoat is made by Western division of Sherwin Williams, two part system which means less to buy. It's called Select. For one gallon with the hardener/activator up here in Canada, its about 80.00. I used about a quart total for the two machines.

I took a look at the bobcat rebuild thread, but don't really want to read and look at the pics too much as I will end up buying one lol.

If your considering clear coating your bobcat though, I would go for a Dupont Clear, very expensive, if you were close I could sell you a gallon with the activators for about 85 percent off list, as I got a really smokin deal on 5 gallons. Thats the stuff that I used on the heavy trucks.
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Thanks, Big Rig. If you were closer, I just might take you up on the offer. I just might have to look around here for some. A friend on my folks has a body shop somewhere around here. Might bug him for some, maybe. Or at least see what he's using. He has been wanting to paint my Volvo for awhile, now. Esp since the blowout damage got fixed. May be some horse trading in my future.
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