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Re: To Clear or Not To Clear
THE AMERICAN GARAGE #223063 Sun Jan 02 2011 06:25 PM
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Muratic acid should take most of those rust stains right off. The orange looks weak already so don't leave the acid on for more than a few seconds. I use an old paint brush to apply the acid and scrub lightly, and keep the garden hose in the other hand so I can rinse the acid off quickly. Wear rubber globes, and safety glasses! Don't breathe the fumes either.
Oh yeah, don't acid wash a sign on your lawn. You'll end up with dead grass around the sign. Ask me how I know.


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Re: To Clear or Not To Clear
Dick Bennett #223102 Sun Jan 02 2011 08:11 PM
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Remember that sno bowl Toilet bowl cleaner around your house is a weak solution of acid. Most marinas use this to clean the algae etc. off the bottom of the boats. Will clean the rust with much less risk than full stength muratic.

Re: To Clear or Not To Clear
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I'm saying clear it.Scrub it real good with the BKF to remove rust, then if you have a friend at a body shop, have him spray a coat of clear on it. Our painters are always mixing to much clear and the leftovers normally will always do a sign. Besides, if you don't like the clear, it is easily removed. I have done one myself and I am very happy. As for sanding it, I see no need for it. IMHO.

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publicenemy1925 #223263 Mon Jan 03 2011 07:42 PM
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I have decided to CLEAR the sign. A friend of mine is a body man by profession and he said he will do it for me. I will post results when done. I appreciate everyone's input on this project.

Thanks!


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Re: To Clear or Not To Clear
57tbirdkid #223324 Tue Jan 04 2011 05:54 AM
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WILL YOU BE REPAIRING THE CHIPS BEFOREHAND? OR WILL YOU JUST LET IT GO AS A BARN HANGER?


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THE AMERICAN GARAGE #223327 Tue Jan 04 2011 05:59 AM
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We have put clear on a few of the signs in our collection, and it always wants to come off in about 10 years.

Re: To Clear or Not To Clear
Madison Oil #224700 Mon Jan 10 2011 06:26 PM
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Here are some pictures of the sign after clear. They are not the best pictures and the white dots are just dust on the surface not in the clean. This sign looks 100% better. A high quality Spies Clear was used so I hope it holds up. Enjoy!








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Re: To Clear or Not To Clear
57tbirdkid #224710 Mon Jan 10 2011 06:47 PM
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WOW! IT DEF DEFINES THE COLORS AND BRINGS IT BACK TO LIFE! GREAT JOB ON AN OTHERWISE BARN-HANGER!

I CLEAR-COATED A VERT FIRESTONE SIGN ABOUT 6 YEARS AGO AND IT'S STARTING TO SHOW WEAR. CRACKS, FADING AND PEELING. I ALSO PAINTED THE LETTERS ORANGE AGAIN ABOUT 4 YEARS AGO. IT'S IN A PICTURE I POSTED IN THIS THREAD....

http://www.oldgas.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=132984&page=10


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THE AMERICAN GARAGE #224714 Mon Jan 10 2011 07:03 PM
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Yea I used an expensive clean so Hopefully it holds up Spies Hecker- Thanks for the compliment!!


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Re: To Clear or Not To Clear
57tbirdkid #224716 Mon Jan 10 2011 07:05 PM
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IS THAT BRAND A SPAR/MARINE VARNISH/CLEAR-COAT? NEVER HEARD OF THAT BRAND. WHERE DID YOU PURCHASE IT?


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THE AMERICAN GARAGE #224720 Mon Jan 10 2011 07:22 PM
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It's automotive clear coat- German Company- Got it through a body man who is a friend. I think they have a website- Not your run of the mill sherwin williams/dupont.


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Re: To Clear or Not To Clear
57tbirdkid #224734 Mon Jan 10 2011 08:20 PM
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SPRAYED OR BRUSHED ON TYPE?


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Re: To Clear or Not To Clear
THE AMERICAN GARAGE #224738 Mon Jan 10 2011 08:23 PM
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POUR IT ON. I did that on an old boat deck I had & it leveled itself out before setting up. Filled all the gaps in.

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Dick Bennett #224748 Mon Jan 10 2011 08:48 PM
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Sprayed with an automotive paint gun HVLP new style not the old suction guns. On a sunny day I will try to get some better pictures. These pictures do not do justice. The sign came out great.

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