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Old 03-09-2013, 02:41 PM
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Default Re: Paint Disaster, Any Clues?

Originally Posted by Mike B View Post
Wow, it looks like the fill primer just melted the base coat.

I think you put the fill on too thick. Try 2 or 3 thin coats.
It did look like it melted in. I applied three coats of the filler over the etching primer. I started with a mist coat, waited about a minute as per the instructions then another coat, wait, then the final coat.

I really feel that the first coats of the etch primer didn't have the heat necessary to harden off and the solvents in the filler coat attacked it. After the initial dry time with the etching primer I brought the tank in the garage when the sun started to go down and it hung in the garage where it was only about 55 degrees for two days.

Well, anyway, I spent the morning stripping and sanding the primer off and I'm back to square one with a bare steel tank. I'm not going to do anything until the weather warms a little. Too expensive to have the garage heated 24/7 and the fumes from this primer are intense. Nasty smelling stuff, for sure.

If anyone else has an idea, let me hear them. Thanks, Mike for yours.

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