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  • Yeah 92 definitely not optimum painting temps, but if that was the case I would expect to see it all over and not just specific areas. Katrider same thing. If it was an issue with paint compatibility I would see it everywhere. I sanded the offending areas down and laid a couple color coats no problem. Then laid some clear and the shit did the same thing!! Guess I'll have to take it right down to bare metal.

    On a side note after 20yrs with my company they let me go last friday so the bike is going to the back burner. Unfortunately I never ordered the remaining parts needed so its going to sit for awhile and probably be another year before it sees the road!

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    • Wow, that's really crappy. I went through something similar a few years ago. It's a definite shock to the system. I was only with that company for 12 years. First, don't panic. Second, file for unemployment, immediately. Take the time to get your resume up to date, get help with it, have friends and family check it, and find a job worth having. Don't get stuck somewhere you'll hate just to take the first job that comes around. I actually got the state to pay for me to go through training which helped me get a better job anyway. Here in Pennsylvania, it was a place called CareerLink that helps unemployed people with resumes, job searches, getting training, holding job fairs, etc.

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      • I've noticed that if the lacquer or enamel under coat is still not 100% cured, there is a likely hood that the two different paints will mix well even though they are not supposed to. I guess they some how chemically bond That could explain why its patchy. Also, if the spray can vs the material vs the air temp are different that can result in what 92X was saying. Example, hot day, but cold paint from inside a air conditioned home...or cold metal and hot spray can from sitting in the sun or what ever, you get the point.
        As for work, that sucks dude. I'm going through work issues myself. Only I've found a new job and start Monday. Hope its better than the shit I"m getting away from.
        Non-the-less, put in those 8hrs you'd normally be working into finding a new job. Make finding a new job, your new job !
        My Katana-1100 17" wheel swap
        http://katriders.com/vb/showthread.php?t=136894

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        • Thanks guys. It would have happened eventually. Theres no way I would spend the next 25yrs to retirement there even if I wanted to. I'm young enough still, with 20yrs management experience so I have something to offer my new employer at least. Not sure if I want to continue down that road though. The job market is ridiculously good here right now. Its the reverse of the old days, the potential hire now gets back to you if they want the job. Was the other way around when I started there. Have a couple months pay coming as well as the yearly bonus so I'm good for a bit. Had 2 job offers before the day they let me go was over. Took the week off and worked on the resume a bit. Was a painter for 10+ yrs and a contractor buddy hooked me up with a cash job that almost pays what I was making and says he has lots more. It will keep the money coming while I figure things out.

          As far as the paint goes.....I'm guessing its a combination of things. Its been cold here so maybe under layer wasn't cured, sprayed in a "heated booth" but maybe after I shut the lights out it got to cold at night. Maybe oil contaminants. It reminded me of when painting houses when you put latex over oil. Regardless I stripped the whole tank down today and am starting over. Was a bummer because most of the tank looked really good. I learned alot and am looking forward to doing it again.lol sort of!! This time I'm using all primer/paint of the same make.

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          • I repaint my brake disc every time I take my wheels off. By the time I take the wheels off the disc are tarnished with brake dust.
            I just use spray can air craft remover from any parts store. It basically brushes off after a mist of that stuff. Just be careful about putting it on your bondo work. It will remove a thin layer. Well, the stuff I had would. I'm sure there are stronger grades.
            My Katana-1100 17" wheel swap
            http://katriders.com/vb/showthread.php?t=136894

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            • The whole think still doesn't make sense to me. Steps I took, bondo, sand, primer, spot filler for pin holes, sand, primer, sand, 2 coats of color laid down fine except of the dust that got in it. and the problem started. Made the mistake of sanding the whole tank while removing the dust.I know now not to before clear. Sanded to deep on a couple ridges so I shot the whole tank with another coat. Thats when the cracking happened. With nothing to lose I sanded those areas and added color to just those spots. Color laid fine and I was actually happy with my repair. Then a couple days later I laid 2 clear coats down and it all came back! Tried to repair the areas, little primer, color and then the clear cracked. Even if it hadn't my patch skills suck! lol

              Finished removing the paint and sanded the tank tonight. While doing it I clued in to the fact that the areas that cracked I had used the bondo spot filler. Not sure why the primer or first 2 coats of color weren't effected by it. I'll just add it to the rest of the earth's mysteries unless someone can enlighten me!

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              • Maybe the bondo absorbed the moisture from the first two coats, then remained wet. Which in turn need longer to cure than the areas without bondo.

                EDIT: Not that I've ever done this with rattle can spray paint, but when I had my Mustang painted I was told to wait a full month before washing and waxing.
                Last edited by katanarider; 03-16-2019, 08:42 AM.
                My Katana-1100 17" wheel swap
                http://katriders.com/vb/showthread.php?t=136894

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                • Sounds like the paint wasn’t cured enough between coats or you applied too thick of a coat of paint, cured on top, wet under. I usually wait a week or so before clear coat. Also, make sure you are using the same brand of paints/clear and the same type.
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                  • Don't pay attention to that dude.
                    He don't know what he's saying.
                    My Katana-1100 17" wheel swap
                    http://katriders.com/vb/showthread.php?t=136894

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