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Goldwing/Motorcycle cleaning miracle

This is a tip on something that I stumbled onto while looking for paint rollers. It can be found at most any hardware store and many other places for just a couple of bucks for a couple of them. This little item will wash a bike in places that were a nightmare to get at with any rag or sponge and other tools marketed fot the purpose. It will get into engine fins as well as under and between crome bars and rails. Louvers are a breeze. It does large areas just as well.
I am talking about the little cheap sponge paint "brushes" that everyone has probably seen.
They come in several different sizes, but I just use the 4" because they cover more area and hold more soapy water or what ever you clean with. I have done my entire 1990 se in less than thirty minutes using a spray can of cleaner with no water.
They have a beveled edge on the end of a sponge mounted to a handle that is about 3/4' dia. This is the minimun clearence you can slide it under for the length of the handle. You can clean areas that you can't even see.
Try it, you will love it and wonder why you never thought of it before.
It should be just as effective on other things with tight fitment.

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What is the best way to lay down the clear coat over my finish coat on the fender I just painted but ruined when I shot the clear coat?


Refer to the paint manufacturer's data sheet to ensure the new gun has the right setup for clearcoat.

Could be the new gun was supplied setup for spraying a high solids primer or something that needs something like a 0.7 mm fluid tip. Clearcoat would need a 0.4 mm tip, an appropriate needle and a different air cap.

Data sheets are very valuable things. Don't forget to pick one up when you buy spray paint. A viscosity cup is another useful addition to the tool kit along with a graduated paint stirring stick.

Nov 24, 2015 | Air Tools & Compressors

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I am looking at buying a Wagner Max HLVP sprayer. The jobs are staining a modest stretch of fencng and a larger staining project of an overhead pagoda-type structure. Is this a good choice or would you recomment something different?


I was a painting contractor for last 10 years of my work career.

If you are using HVLC cup gun, you will have to select correct tip,
You will need to thin the latex 50-50 with water, and keep paint strained to keep out all clogging.
If the tip is not reversible, then expect disassemble each time clog happens.
And you will be continually re-filling the cup.
And then if the surface is rough, the spray won't flow into the holes.
You have a mess coming your way.

Painting a fence: A roller is the only way to paint/stain rough surface.
Buy big hairy 1" roller cover from Sherwin Williams. Don't get the cheapo 1/4" thick roller cover because it doesn't hold any paint. The big roller holds a big volume of paint.

Now if fence is rough, like cedar, you need to thin the stain.
About 1.5 gallon water per 5 of stain ... and suddenly you have 6-1/2 gallons of stain which means you bought too many gallons of stain.
So don't overbuy the stain. And pick up 2 plastic bucket for mixing.
Empty gallon of stain into mixing bucket > put water into empty gallon > put lid on gallon and shake up > pour water into mixing bucket with stain > to mix: pour mixing bucket of stain back and forth between other mixing bucket until stain is mixed. Do this work on the grass where it won't run out onto concrete surface.

Put roller and frame on a wood pole that you took off the push broom. Now roll that stain onto every surface the roller can touch. Think of it like picking up quarters. If it was money, could you get the roller on that spot >> the answer is yes. Don't try to smooth it out and make pretty. Throw the stain on any way the roller can turn. Customers used to call that 'slapping it on' and I used to say, 'that's how it works, lady.'

Use a piece of masonite at the bottom. If you get stain on anything, wash it off immediately and use a wire brush on concrete surface or towel on smooth surface.

Wait for a day, because stain looks 100% better next day. And then go back with a brush and hit the spots you couldn't get with the roller. It will be faster and cheaper and fewer headaches than trying to spray latex stain with a HVLP cup gun.

To clean the roller: Leave it on the roller frame and wood stick. Turn on water hose and get the roller spinning until it's clean. Do this away from everything you don't want stain on.

Dec 13, 2010 | Garden

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I own this 0525151 and am trying to spray a latex fence stain. worked for a little while, then nothing. I tried thinning the paint with water and a paint thinner product recommended by the Home Depot guy...nothing. It is a think paint, but I thought thinning it would work. It didn't. Any ideas?


We used paint sprayers every day for years.

Tips come in different sizes. With oil base paints we used the small tip like a 4-11. With latex we used bigger tips, like a 5-17. Really big spray rigs use 5-19. Tip size matters.

Another important thing is to strain the paint. The paint store sells 5-gallon-size strainers. Put the strainer over a 5-gallon bucket. Pour the paint into the bucket. Lift the strainer up, and finally grab it with your hands and squeeze the paint out. Do this in the grass and then wash out the strainer for next time. Put a lid over the paint bucket so the paint stays wet and clean.

We used high pressure sprayers, and then wrapped a filter right over the intake... but the tips would still clog. We had guns with reversible tips ... rotate the tip around, fire the gun, and the clog was gone.

Maybe your tip is getting clogged real fast. When that happens, the gun simply doesn't shoot. The old guns, we had to take them apart every time the tip clogged. I don't know about the tip on your gun.

Your paint sprayer is probably not very high pressure, which means it would clog easily if stuff was in the paint ... and latex is thick and sticky and it gets crusty as it dries.

Suggestion: I would ask Sherwin Williams about the tip. See if they sell parts or tips at the Home Depot or Sherwin Williams.

Also you can clean the gun out with lacquer thinner. See if the lacquer thinner will pass through the gun. I would take it apart and clean everything with a toothbrush, and soak it in lacquer thinner. It might work, but the home-depot-home-owner-spray-equipment is generally not made for more than a few jobs. Especially the wagner-diaphragm-type guns.

Something else you might consider for a cedar-type picket fence. A roller. Sherwin Williams sells thick shaggy roller covers that hold a lot of paint. The little cheap roller covers can't paint a fence or anything else because they're too thin. We almost never sprayed a fence. We'd put masonite along the bottom and then just threw paint up with a roller [slap it on as the customers used to claim] >>> for cedar pickets, thin the paint with water (1 gallon water per 5 of paint) so it flows into the holes and gaps. Roll the fence, and then go back and touch up with a brush or the sprayer. A paint job on a fence always looks better the next day [unlike some things] so sometimes it's best to wait 1 day before doing the brush work.

Oct 13, 2010 | Garden

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knocking noise


Unplug unit open motor shroud , then replug unit , start the unit up then place tip on to the a 6" length flat screw driver tip on the front roller shaft put your ear on the insulated end and you should be able locate the knocking noise also check the motor and rear roller you insert tip where th adjustment is made. I believe that the front foller is causing your problem. Go to iconfitness.com go to customer service then replacement parts you will find your M# and pricing

Mar 02, 2010 | Nordic Track NordicTrack Treadmill, A2550

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printer not picking paper


If your printer is not picking up the paper, then it has something to do with the feed rollers not the cartridge.
Take the tray out where you place the plain paper, then get a flashlight and look for some Gray colored rollers.
These rollers need to be cleaned every so often.
I suggest a chemical called "GOO GONE" that is available at your local hardware store. Do NOT get "GOOF OFF" this chemical is too strong and will also melt some plastic material that is out there.

Take a paper towel, and put some GOO GONE on it, and clean the gray rollers.
Then try printing something and see if this helps.
Good luck.
Please remember to post a feedback rating if I have helped you.
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Apr 07, 2008 | HP LaserJet 1020 Printer

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