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Quote Darmic1 Replybullet Posted: 10 Jan 2011 at 8:51pm
Ouch! Yep best stay clear then!
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 10 Jan 2011 at 8:58pm
Its just a case of finding ways round the problem, people say you cant use petrol but i'm pleased with the finish.
If it isnt orange it isnt a rotavator
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Quote Darmic1 Replybullet Posted: 10 Jan 2011 at 9:06pm
Would it make the paint vapours really flammable? Like NO welding, grinding etc near any freshly painted items? Its just Ive never heard of petrol being used to thin paint before? The petrol would almost have the maximum amount of oxygen mixed with it as its atomised exiting the spraygun?
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 10 Jan 2011 at 9:11pm

Thinners is probably more flammable than Petrol, most people havent heard of using petrol for thinning, it only tends to work with most enamel paints.The Petrol takes slightly longer to evaporate and a little longer to dry, i tend to spray then lock up the unit and leave over night. I just make sure theres no sources of ignition around as i spray.

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Quote Darmic1 Replybullet Posted: 10 Jan 2011 at 9:14pm
Great that you found a solution that works, Would be Really expensive sending things away for painting, plus I guess some of the enjoyment would be taken out of the restoration.
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 10 Jan 2011 at 9:15pm
If i had to have someone else do the painting for me then as you say i wouldnt enjoy it as much and would probably stop restoring machines.
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Quote lawnmowerboy Replybullet Posted: 11 Jan 2011 at 7:39am
what about white spirit gareth dosent the ethanol ect. in petrol affect the way it sprays and dries? i was told its up to 8% ethanol these days.
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 11 Jan 2011 at 5:49pm
It does slightly slow down the drying process, doesnt seem to spray any differently, but the paint sets harder. I'm sure its not the recomended way but its a case of either i use petrol or i dont restore machines, some have now got 3 years+ paint and still holding up ok.
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Quote lawnmowerboy Replybullet Posted: 12 Jan 2011 at 8:15am
good worth doing then
what actually happens if you go near thinners
and does white spirit have the same effect?
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 12 Jan 2011 at 5:42pm
My joints swell up internally, become very painfull, and start to wear themselves away as has allready happened with my left knee, I dont know about white spirit but as the effects are so horrific i'm not overly keen to find out either.
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Quote owen Replybullet Posted: 12 Jan 2011 at 7:37pm
I have been following your project it's coming together and looking great. I didn't know you could use petrol as a thinner, the times Ive ran out of thinners and I usually have petrol around. I will try an action replay on my Gem. Weather it looks like yours when finished is another matter.
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 14 Jan 2011 at 6:25pm
Recieved a couple of Decals for the engine today off Titch, undistinguishable from the original. Thankyou Titch for a prompt service.
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 14 Jan 2011 at 6:25pm
Recieved a couple of Decals for the engine today off Titch, undistinguishable from the original. Thankyou Titch for a prompt service.
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 14 Jan 2011 at 6:29pm
He even did one of the serial number label, everyone else ive spoken to about these wanted to do a minimum of 10.
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Quote kpthorsefan Replybullet Posted: 14 Jan 2011 at 9:18pm
Yes TITCH does a fantastic job Thumbs%20UpThumbs%20Up..........
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Quote TITCH Replybullet Posted: 14 Jan 2011 at 10:09pm
Thank you guys!
 
Without trying to sell myself, I'll more often than not do one offs as long as I'm using the relevant material on the day.
 
As you can imagine, white and silver are very common background colours on machinery such as ours and I'm at it all day, and often evenings, so I just 'add them in'
 
So again, thanks guys, it's nice to be appreciated, kinda makes it worth getting out of bed really! Not that I spend much time in it!
 
The BMB President is the other half of my daily routine at the moment, but the damp atmosphere of recent is holding up the paint side.
 
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Quote john webster Replybullet Posted: 15 Jan 2011 at 3:51pm
howard ,another nice project finished the labels by tich just finish it off nicley.i have asked him if he can repro one for me its the only one on the simar which goes on the tiller hood.
simars till the world now ive got mine mobile !!
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Quote john webster Replybullet Posted: 15 Jan 2011 at 3:58pm
here it is
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 15 Jan 2011 at 4:14pm
I was planning on finishing the orange paint today but the weather was definatley agaisnt me, allmost huricane conditions and heavy rain, so i cracked on with the blades. I decided to treat the old girl to a new set, however these come in gaudy dowdswell green which to me looks wrong on one from the howard period.
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 15 Jan 2011 at 4:18pm
As there was 8 of them all needing painting i set up a makeshift washing line and hung them all on that, then used some aerosole primmer followed with some aerosole top coat
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 15 Jan 2011 at 4:19pm

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Quote john webster Replybullet Posted: 15 Jan 2011 at 4:22pm
all of the howard ones ive seen when i was farming where flat black with black nuts and bolts , did you ever see a howard rotovator which had a spiked rota in ?they where maintenance free until the spikes wore down and to get them out you needed a punch as they where a massive roll bolt.
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 15 Jan 2011 at 4:23pm
I allways find that the fuel tanks on gems seem to suffer quite badly with pitting, ive found the best way is to blast the tank then give it a skim of stopper, or knifing putty as its sometimes called.
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Quote lawnmowerboy Replybullet Posted: 15 Jan 2011 at 4:24pm
that picture may require some editing gareth!!!
the 2nd to last

looing good though!!!
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Quote john webster Replybullet Posted: 15 Jan 2011 at 4:24pm
nice washing line howard.are your socks and smalls on the other end out of view ?
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 15 Jan 2011 at 4:28pm

It requires no mixing, unlike filler, and once hard, just flatten it off with wet and dry.

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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 15 Jan 2011 at 4:37pm
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 15 Jan 2011 at 4:39pm
I also had chance to spray the wheel discs, like the blades i hung them up to dry.
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 15 Jan 2011 at 4:48pm
This above shot is only the first coat, hence the patchy finish
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Quote howardman Replybullet Posted: 15 Jan 2011 at 6:09pm
Working on my gem fuel tank today..sanding down filler ..used to fill long dent ...and it has plenty of pitting on the underside...did you wipe it over ..or leave it rough (the knife putty) after applying it?  and then just sand it when hard?  . Your tank looks grt...they add a lot to the look of a gem if done right
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 15 Jan 2011 at 9:02pm
Hi Pat i just tend to leave the putty to go hard as it tends to come out the pits if worked too much when wet, then sand down, takes a while but as you say the end result is worthwhile.
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 05 Feb 2011 at 5:55pm
Managed to blast the remaining parts today, but forgot my camera again, will hopefully post some tommorrow, and if this wind thats sweeping the country ever stops i'll get some paint on them.
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 06 Feb 2011 at 6:40pm
heres the wheel blasted
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 06 Feb 2011 at 6:43pm
And heres the weight frame, both will be given a quick once over with the wire brush, then masked and painted
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 06 Feb 2011 at 6:46pm
Even though the weather was seriously agaisnt me, (heavy rain and allmost a huricane blowing) I managed to get the airshround(after damaging the paint) , fuel tank, carb guard, and the tool box painted.
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