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Compressor Seized in Middle of Coat

cmfisher4

Active Member
#1
Shortly into my first coat of epoxy (this is about my third round of epoxy (post-filler and all) on this portion and I intended lay down two coats), my compressor seized on me. That was awesome.:mad:
Fortunately, a buddy has another compressor that I can use that should work just fine.
My intention is to essentially start over again as if I never started. I will make sure everything is clean, of course, but I don't plan to scuff it up or anything. As silly as I feel asking this question, since the answer seems an obvious "you're fine", I want to make sure since this is my first time doing all of this stuff.

On a side note, I'd really like to be able to block the epoxy out but I believe the rule is to wait 24 hours on full-strength epoxy prior to doing so. My scenario would be spraying the epoxy around 9am and wanting to block around 3pm. My garage temp is just a tad about 65F, which is another reason I think I should wait. Again, just checking...

Thanks!
 

cmfisher4

Active Member
#5
Got it. I left it for later, but now I've got a different problem. Probably should have stopped to figure this out, but I didn't really recognize what was happening. The epoxy came out "textured". Hard to explain, but it's almost like the raptor liner I put on.
First, I'm really hoping I can block it out. Second, I obviously need to figure out what happened. I go a new-to-me compressor that is oil lubricated, but I don't think this is an oil problem. Maybe I didn't clean the gun properly last time? The epoxy had been sitting in the mixing cup for about 36 hours, but it was tightly sealed and didn't appear to have kicked at all. Lots of variables...just hope I didn't screw myself.
I've always been good spraying the epoxy so far with little problems...has always come out nice a smooth with a nice gloss to it.
Thanks for all of your help,
Chris IMG_5301.JPG
 

cmfisher4

Active Member
#7
1.5mm nozzle running about 26-27#. These are the settings and equipment that I've been using since I started spraying the epoxy about a year ago. Controlled environment in my garage. Conditions nearly identical when I shot this (temp and humidity) as they were on my previous coat the day and a half before.
I followed the tech manual and have gotten myself into the habit of reviewing it before each time I paint, just to be sure.

Thanks,
Chris
 

EddieF

Top Banana
#8
You mentioned comp that seized was oilless. Do not buy oilless.
I tried 2 when my cheap comp split its tank & they say oiless but fail to mentioned silicone!
I had so much slippery crap on my fingers after break-in i boxed that crap right up.
Whatever you buy next, with oil not oil-less, break it in for 20min, dump oil, put fresh.
I hope everyone does the flush routine if they want long service life.
 
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1.5mm nozzle running about 26-27#. These are the settings and equipment that I've been using since I started spraying the epoxy about a year ago. Controlled environment in my garage. Conditions nearly identical when I shot this (temp and humidity) as they were on my previous coat the day and a half before.
I followed the tech manual and have gotten myself into the habit of reviewing it before each time I paint, just to be sure.

Thanks,
Chris
Air pressure might be a little low because the epoxy got thicker after 36 hours imho. You are not atomizing the thicker paint...

Don
 

cmfisher4

Active Member
#10
Thanks, Don. That makes sense. It definitely appear to be a "mechanical" problem vice some contamination or something. Lack of experience...not sure how to combat stuff like that when it's staring me in the face. Hopefully I'll be able to block it out and either continue one or shoot another round if I feel like I block through most of it.

Chris
 
#11
Thanks, Don. That makes sense. It definitely appear to be a "mechanical" problem vice some contamination or something. Lack of experience...not sure how to combat stuff like that when it's staring me in the face. Hopefully I'll be able to block it out and either continue one or shoot another round if I feel like I block through most of it.

Chris
I learn something new on this forum every day. Keep coming back even when you have no questions.

Don
 
#13
After sitting 36 hours a little reducer in the epoxy would have been nice. It'll block out though.
Typed this in earlier today & forgot to hit post.:rolleyes:
 
#18
I would give myself about an hour and see if I finished one body panel yet before I got before taking out the DA and knocking the texture off so it can be sprayed again.
 

cmfisher4

Active Member
#19
My plan it to hit it with 220 and see. If that doesn't seem to be taking it down, I'll step down to 150 or 180. Like you say, if I can't get it blocked out by hand, then I'll go at it with the DA and get it off. Definitely will shoot some test panel before I try on the car again, regardless.
 
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