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NOVEMBER 2018 THE SHOP 121 pre-paint inspection and cleaning would have saved what can turn into hours of repairing one little spot. "Not properly cleaning panels is a mis- take many painters make," Cook agrees. Many painters have also experienced the fingerprint from hell. This usually hap- pens to custom or restoration paint shops, where the level of scrutiny is very high. The formerly happy client brings their vehicle by six months after it's been painted and there's this little fingerprint on some easy- to-see area of the car. Even clean hands have natural oils on them. And when you touch a surface, these oils are left behind. Sure, the car looks perfect after it's painted, but over time as the paint cures and things dry, the remnants of that fingerprint change into a ghostly-yet-visible image—a ghost that would have been exorcised by a few extra minutes of pre-paint cleaning. Sin # 7 BUDGET ANCILLARY PRODUCTS The last sin concerns using cheap products on high-end restoration or custom projects. There are shops that will use a high-end paint but cheap seam sealers and repair products. It's an old saying that the paint on top is only as good as what's below it. Ever take a close look at a beautiful car with exquisite paint and notice cracking along the seams? It's always better to buy a good, quality brand of seam sealer, panel bonding or any kind of repair product. If you don't have it in stock, take the time to get it. Resist the urge to use that tube of crap that's been sitting on the shelf for years. Then, with these sins in mind, you can now strive for more heavenly results. JOANN BORTLES is an award- winning custom painter, air- brush artist, welder/fabricator, tech writer and photojournalist with over 30 years of experi- ence in the automotive industry. She is the author of seven books on automo- tive, motorcycle and custom painting. Her work has been featured in numerous automotive and motorcycle publications, NBC News, The Today Show, MuscleCar TV and Motor City Mas - ters. JoAnn owns Crazy Horse Custom Paint. It's also helpful to clean surfaces properly. Wearing gloves when painting or cleaning not only protects your hands from the chemicals but keeps the oils on your hands from getting onto the surface. Diane Tran and Laura Duenas wipe down an AMX get- ting it ready for sanding. They use a wipe with pre-cleaner in one hand and then wipe the wet surface with a dry cloth in the other hand. Frisco, Texas September 8-11, 2019 • 760.346.5647 Lock in 2018 Prices! Early Bird Registration Effective October 1-December 31, 2018 2019 2019 Event Registration Fees Increase January 1, 2019

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