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Automotive paint misconceptions….

1. The first and biggest misconception of all. Basing with white will make your color brighter. False. If your choice of primer color is changing your topcoat color, you are not using enough paint. Paint is not transparent, except for candy colors. A fully covered paint job does not rely on the undercoating for its color. If you have any doubt, try a sprayout. Paint half of a part black, paint the other half white, then paint it the color of your choice. I dare you to see a color difference from the white to the black sides. If you see it, you’re kidding yourself. I have proven this numerous times to doubters, under the brightest lights at a car show. the only exception to this is DuPont Chroma Base. That paint is the worst for coverage. The funny thing is, DuPont Lucite used to be the best for overall coverage (but the worst for color match).
2. Primer. People use far too much primer. If your paint is not damaged in any way (cracking, peeling, etc.), there is absolutely no need for primer or primer/sealer. If you strip the car to metal, you of course need primer. If you do any repairs, you need primer. If you are doing a scuff and shoot, leave the primer in the can. Adding primer to an already painted vehicle is just adding more layers of possible future problems.
3. Sanding color off. I once had a conversation at a car show with a guy who swore he did 100 coats of color, but he sanded between every coat. I explained to him that he basically had 2 coats of paint on as he sanded off the other 98 coats. There is absolutely NO reason to sand between every coat of color. Even back when I used to spray lacquer, this seemed like a bad idea. It was and still is. It is a complete waste of time and money. Here’s a tip. Urethane colors need no more than 3 nice wet coats (I use PPG, others may vary). The only reason to sand color is if there are problems. If you did your prep work properly, there should never be a reason to wet sand your color coats, ever. If you spot a problem while spraying your first coat, you have two choices. 1. Stop immediately, fix the issue, then continue, or 2. Complete your 3 coats, then fix the issue and blow in the repair, then add one final coat to make everything nice and even, then add your clearcoats. This is how I do it.
4. Wax. Never, ever wax a freshly painted vehicle. Wax seals the pores, which is good for cured paint, but very, very bad for uncured paint. Paint releases solvents as it cures, requiring pores be left open. Use glaze for the first 30 days or so. After 30 days, you can wax it every day if you like.

I am sure there are more. If I think of them, I will add them.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot??

In other words, what the fuck?

What will it take for these morons to realize we are at war on our own streets? Terrorist attacks by admitted terrorists, pledging their allegiance to ISIS or what ever other idiotic group, are happening more and more, yet our supposed leaders are saying it has nothing to do with radical islam. Really? Who are you trying to convince?

These people, in some cases, clearly state they are acting on behalf of one of these moronic groups, their friends and even family say they recently either converted to islam or were recently radicalized, yet our idiot president or the more idiotic mayor of Philidelphia says they are not related. This bullshit has to stop. Whose side are our leaders on? It’s not hard to see, it isn’t ours.

It is truly sad to see how far our leaders have turned away from our values and traditions. We need real leaders, people who will change our country back to the place it used to be. This needs to happen soon, before it is too late. We can’t wait for the next election, it may be too late by then. Impeachment is not the answer. removal from office and imprisonment for treason is the only answer at this point.

Unfortunately, no one in DC has the balls to do it.

New Year, same old same old……

Just posting to update that there is nothing to update. I took a break from things for the holidays. Now that they are over, it’s back to getting nowhere in as productive a manner as I can. I am trying to be more positive, which is why this post is so damn positive. See? Well, let me get back to my fruitless searching….. Have a great day.


I have had many people take advantage of me over the years. I honestly put too much faith in people and it has bitten me in the ass too many times. From friends who would “pay me next week” for work they needed right away, only to never be heard from again, to employees who stole from me, to so-called partners who did worse. Each and every one of these people knows who they are. If they don’t, they are lying to themselves.

I do forgive them, because it is me who let them in to my life and/or my business, in some cases knowing fully that they shouldn’t be trusted, only to have them screw me. Each time, I swore it would never happen again.

I guess I am just a glutton for punishment, or at least, I used to be. I recently had an opportunity to merge with a shop all the way up in Glen Cove. In the old days, I would have jumped at the offer. Big shop, lots of space…. After doing some research (I still have at least some contacts in the autobody industry), I found out the owner was in deep shit and was looking for a quick score to settle up some of his debts. I would have, once again, been left holding the bag after he took my money to “buy in” and ran. This has happened to me in the past and it is just one reason I shy away from getting involved in the day to day of any body shop.

I also got an email about purchasing a body shop for $1.9 million. If I had that kind of money, I wouldn’t be looking to get into a shop, I’d be looking to retire.

Bottom line, I am still looking for space to work. I don’t want to buy your building, your business or your new house on the bay. I just want to rent some space in your body shop. I want nothing to do with your day to day operations. I just want a small part of the building where I can do my thing.

My take on the war on Christmas

First of all, those that know me, know I am not religious in the least. This really has nothing to do with religion, it has to do with traditions. This country was indeed founded by Christians and it was founded with Christian traditions, such as Christmas.

When I was growing up, Christmas was a big deal (still is). I had some Jewish friends and distant cousins. Their holiday of the time, Hanukkah (spelled several different ways that I know of) was not a big deal. They received eight small gifts, one for each day of their holiday. They joked that one day, they’d get one sock and the next, they’d get the other sock. there were no decorations like our Christmas tree.

Then, suddenly, some Jewish retail business owners decided that they were being left out. Suddenly, Hanukkah was as big as Christmas, they had a Hanukkah bush (a Christmas tree with blue lights) and they went from 8 little gifts to increasingly large gifts from day one to day eight. Jewish stores started advertising X-Mas sales (so they didn’t have to mention Christmas) and the first battle to the dismantling of Christmas was begun.

Christmas survived this attempt, and even thrived regardless of it. Later battles were more subversive. There was one year that the US Post Office even got involved in the war. There were Ramadan stamps, Hanukkah stamps and “Holiday” stamps, yet no mention of Christmas, even though the stamps were of Mary holding Jesus.

There was a Disney cartoon one year, all about Christmas, yet the entire hour plus went by without Christmas EVER being said. It was “the Holiday”, yet it starred Santa Claus, there was a Christmas tree, decorations all red and green, elves, candy canes, etc… (no nativity scene or mention of Jesus, however).

Then, we elected a muslim to the white house. Now, malls are replacing Christmas decorations with melting glaciers, coffee houses who used to have special Christmas themed displays and cups are now bland and their cups are just red, Target has a commercial where it’s time to light “THE TREE”, not the Christmas Tree, although the entire commercial has a Christmas theme, and they play Christmas music, it’s “the Holiday” yet again.

Why is it, we can call every other holiday by its name, yet we cannot mention Christmas without offending people?

It’s a calculated effort. When you strip a society of its traditions, it makes it easier to conquer said society. We have half of our own people blindly giving up their traditions, claiming them to be trivial. This is the beginning of the end. I for one, am saddened that our own citizens are so blind to what is happening.

Medical update

For those that don’t know, I have been on the kidney transplant list here in NY for the past 5 years, I have been trying all kinds of things to avoid needing a transplant. One of those things is stem cell research which claims it regenerates dead kidney tissue. Unfortunately, this treatment is experimental, so it is not covered by insurance. As I am currently not working full time because of dialysis, which is almost as bad as the kidney failure; and kidney failure, which robs the patient (me) of energy and strength, I am not currently able to afford this life saving treatment. I opened a Go Fund Me page, so if you can help, that would be great

The Confederate Flag

Here’s my take on the Confederate Flag issue. Southerners claim the flag is part of their heritage. They also claim the Civil War had NOTHING to do with slavery. They couldn’t be more wrong. The Civil War was about nothing if it wasn’t about slavery. States rights? Which rights? The right to own slaves. End of discussion.

The Confederate Flag stands for the largest mutiny in the history of mutinies. The flag is now as useless as Confederate money. It stands for something that no longer exists. It has no place in this country and should not be flown on state buildings (or anywhere else, for that matter).

Get over it. you lost.

Does Germany say the Nazi Flag is part of their heritage? It also stands for something that no longer exists, in official form. They don’t fly it on government buildings.

It’s time to move on and stop flying the flag of slavery.

Nothing new to report.

I get tired of saying that, but it’s true. The kidney search is still ongoing, as is the search for a place to work. I’ve nearly given up on both at times, sometimes the same time… It is very discouraging. Well, that’s it for June….

Paint and airbrush bulletin board.

A few years back, I started a bulletin board with several sections all pertaining to paint or airbrush work. There were metal work sections as well as mechanical and electronic sections, all relating to cars, trucks or bikes. I made it a no know it all type of place. Anyone could ask or answer a question. If incorrect answers were given, the person who answered incorrectly was not insulted or attacked, they were simply corrected. Many times, answers considered incorrect were simply a differing opinion of how things should be done. These turned out to be some very interesting discussions where all involved learned a thing or two along the way.

Unfortunately, it was unused, for the most part. The shame of it is, it cost money and time to keep this bulletin board up and running. I had to pull it down. I will miss it.