This is another of the W.O.O.D. series of semi-regular
Weekly Occasional Open Discussions.
(i.e. if I forget and skip one, no big)
Immediate prior one here:
and remains open for threads running there (at least until the ‘several month’ auto-close of comments on stale threads).
Canonical list of old ones here:
So use “Tips” for “Oooh, look at the interesting ponder thing!”
and “W.O.O.D” for “Did you see what just happened?! What did you think about it?”
What’s Going On?
I’ve Begun My quasi-career as a car painter
We’ll see how well it goes… Given my collection of old cars, I did a short inventory of everything from some chip / ding touch-ups on the newest one, to “clear coat” issues to outright failure and pealing on 3 more, to just OMG That looks like crap with rust spots showing up as the paint is fully penetrated across the hood of my old 240D. (It came with crappy paint from being parked under a tree with piles of acidic leaves left on it to leach…)
I totaled it out at about $5000 all up.
Or I can buy some spray guns for $140, a sander for $60, some misc. kit for about another $50 and learn something. I chose learn something.
In usual Silicon Valley Rapid Prototyping style, I started with Rustoleum Rattle Cans. The Subaru Forester came with very rusty on top windshield wiper arms. Today I unbolted them, sanded. Wet sanded. Dried. Wiped. And sprayed. They are now dry, back on the car, and look great, if I do say so myself. Silky satin black. I just used black primer on them. If (when?) the primer starts to give out, I’ll scuff it, primer a second time and top with some satin black enamel.
This round was just proof of concept and test of skill level. Both passed.
So next step is to buy a DA (double action) Palm Sander ( I think… ) and take on that ‘rusting looking’ hood. That will involve more formal masking, removing of detail parts (grill, windshield squirters, etc), a couple of layers of primer, primer sanding, degreaser, tack rag, color coats, color wet sand (if needed) and clear coats. Likely also renting a paint booth… I’ll try one coat of primer without one, but… it will take a perfect day with no wind. The only reason for even trying being that you can always just sand out defects in primer…
This hood was bent some a couple of decades back. The Kid, learning to drive, managed to bend the nose. The hood still works, sort of… so I might try some more “attitude adjustment” on it with a plastic hammer and blocks… the point being that there’s nothing I can do to make it worse with paint. At worst I arrest the decay and hand it over to a body shop to either repair or replace the hood, and in the process change the paint. At best, I get it more easily working and looking more or less “right”.
When (If?) that works out OK, I’ll move on to fixing the clear coat on the others. From the videos it looks like mostly some careful sanding with fine grit sandpaper to feather it in to the good parts of the clear coat area, then shoot a couple of coats. I’m not seeing anything I can’t do.
IF all that works out OK, then I’ll proceed to the “detailing” chips and dips in the best car.
FWIW, it looks like THE big thing is just to take your time ( a LOT of time ) to get the cutting / sanding / surface prep Just Right, then shooting the paint is nothing. That’s what I did on the wipers. Sanded and washed and wet sanded and dried and… for about 9 x as much time as I spent shooting the paint.
I had 2 defects. One from a bit too vigorous spraying of a backside area I’d missed the first time (so someone lifting up my wiper and looking at the back side of it, closely, can find a bit of too thick not quite a drip…) and one place where I laid it down sooner than the 15 minute dry time (as standing in the yard holding a wiper for 15 minutes gets old fast…) and made a minor scuff mark on the semi-dry paint about the size of a 1/4 of a rice grain. I can live with that…
It worked well enough that I’m ready to buy the sander and move on to One Hood. Maybe eventually the rest of the car too ;-)
Any recommendations for sanders (brand, size, type, …) welcome.
It has been great fun watching YouTube videos of car painting. They range from $20,000 Custom Show Car guys doing 14 coats with various kinds of sanding, polishing and surface prep of 5 kinds between each coat (and with metal flake or pearl in between the color coat and the top 3 clear coats) ending with a mirror finish with all kinds of depth to it in various candy finishes; to the guy who painted his work truck in one heavy coat of Rustoleum Primer and a bunch of Rustoleum Enamel … leaving all dents intact and with surprisingly good results.
My big “takeaway” was that anything I do will be an improvement, and no way I’m doing all that work they did for the Show Car job. I’m somewhere in the middle but with no downsides to trying. So I am.
The fact that one of the two cars most in need of help cost me $400 and the other was $1200 sort of makes the idea of a $2000 “professional” paint job seem a bit silly. Then figure I’m pretty good at developing new skilz, and I’ve painted before. Yeah, it was a few houses and fences, some metal figurines and models… but I’ve handled brushes, rollers, and sprayers many times. I’m not coming up from zero.
I’ll be going slow on it, so don’t expect too much in the way of updates and progress reports, though ;-)
Grand Solar Minimum & Crops
We’ve got ongoing rain, flooding, mud, cold and all sorts of Bad Things For Farming going on in places as diverse as the USA, Europe, China, Russia, Brazil, Argentina and more.
The notion that one area can bail out a fluke failure in another area in times of GSM; that looks broken to me. My answer was a few $Hundred of preparation. I suggest that it doesn’t hurt anything, it costs less in the long run (as those beans and rice cost a lot less than TV Dinners per pound) and way less than dining out, even if you blow a batch learning to make good chili beans or Spanish rice; and, well, you just ought to be prepared.
I’m not all “doom and gloomy” about it. 1/3 of our corn crop is fed to cars. Just make that optional (don’t need to stop it, just remove the “mandate” part) and we can take a 30% cut in crop. About 50% is fed to animals. It is a long standing classical response to crop failure to first eat the animals and then eat the feed that you would have fed to them. Between those two, we can take about an 80% crop loss.
Realize this does NOT mean “kill all the animals” nor does it mean “no meat”. Ruminant animals can eat a lot of stuff we can not eat. Corn cobs, stalks, and leaves. Pasture. Brush. It does mean that herds get reduced to the level of “Breeding stock and grazers / browsers”. Thus has it always been.
Can our “modern” industrial farming machine do what farm families have done for thousands of years?
I fear they can not.
Just take the standard traditional behaviour of a “catch crop”. Before, if it rained until July 25 and THEN you could plant, for about a 60 day growing period, well, 120 day corn is not going to make it. Instead a fast growing, if less desirable, crop like buckwheat would be planted to “catch something”… Now, instead, we have Crop Insurance, but it stipulates that you get NO MONEY if you plant anything that gets you a profit off that land prior to November (when it is winter wheat time and a “new crop year”). Basically, by law and contract we now forbid the production of “something we can eat” during bad times when the main crop fails.
This is not very bright.
Sure sure sure, but the 5th or 6th year they will fix it. But by that far into a horrible EOTWAWKI AwShit, it will be way too late for a lot of folks.
No, I’m not saying this IS the EOTWAWKI (End Of The World As We Know It), I’m just saying that when that comes, it will not be handled well by present systems.
The Mormons are directed to keep a 1 year supply of food (and be prepared to defend it). I grew up in a Mormon Town, and I think they have a lot of clue. The Bible says to keep a 7 year stock in the granaries. It is highly likely that’s good advice during the very worst of times. At present, our “modern” food corporation systems are designed to maximize profit, not survival, and tries to keep as close to zero inventory as possible. From grocery stores back through grain mills can be out of stock in a couple of weeks. Most silos are empty at least once a year. It is up to you to carry inventory, or accept that when a natural catastrophe hits, you will exit stage left first.
Waiting until the global crop failure is on the nightly news will mean you are among the first to die. I’d rather have $100 of beans and rice in the pantry and learn to love burritos refritos and Spanish rice…
A Groundhog Day Moment:
“God Only Knows” continues.
Has it fallen completely off the radar?
Will it resolve? Will anyone notice? Does anyone care anymore?
Global Warming Push
Even as we have snow falling in July at high Rocky Mountain Ski Resorts, and frosts killing crops in places that ought to be warmer, and winter like flooding all over the place; TICS (The Idiots In Charge) continue to express their desire to suck our blood… One can only hope they don’t know anything about food storage, prepping, and tactical weapons use. I’ll be glad to see them going first.
So is Brexit still “a thing”? It’s just dropped from view. In theory, it is a bit over 3 months to Spontaneous Freedom And Liberty along with the ability to “move freely about the planetary markets”. Yet there’s a curious silence from Parliament and the EU… Which makes me wonder what fresh “No, you checked in so you can’t check out” they are plotting now.
Screwed the pooch when they beat up an Asian Gay Guy. Son of a Friend is a Gay Guy. I have a great fondness for Asians and their generally rational cultures. I’ve got some kids (as Donor Dad) via some Gay Ladies. I get cranky when folks beat up my friends… Antifa just committed a Capital Offense in my book. I will need to see someone “swing” for this (or the moral equivalent), or else this particular bit of spite is going to simmer and grow.
The YSM (MSM Yellow Stream Media…) needs to stop endorsing Antifa and start calling them the Communist Violent Shock Troops they are, or accept that they will proceed to zero trust and zero viewers in the real America. (Ooops! Too late!… CNN scoring fewer views than the History Channel or folks pounding nails into old houses…)
There’s a “Ramp” that happens, that those on the Far Left seem to just not understand. Polite folks will tolerate a LOT when they think maybe it was just a mistake. That tolerate less when it is clearly “by design”, but still grit their teeth and bear it. But brittle fracture is a serious thing. There comes a moment, impossible to predict when, when folks just say “Enough is enough. I’m done.” Currently that’s called a “Jump The Shark” moment (after a Happy Day’s show with The Fonze on skiis jumping over a shark… folks could no longer accept the plot line and “willing suspension of disbelief” ends). For me, we’re way past that on Antifa, the Dimocrats, and more.
I am, now, 100% intolerant of Antifa. If I’m anywhere and they show up, I’m going into full on defensive battle mode. Irish Pipes playing in the mind’s ear and all. THEY have declared themselves enemy of peace and enemy of safety. They have declared themselves violent and a major threat. I STRONGLY suggest and recommend that the Dimocrat Mayors and Governors who are ignoring (or condoning) these Thugs and the Violent Political Gang that they are better clean up their act and get these folks into custody; or pretty soon they will need protective custody. I say this as I am one of THE most peaceful folks on the planet. I have never struck anyone in anger. If I’m at this point, there’s a whole lot of folks far far further along…
For anyone who’s never been in a fight:
There’s a lag time as you “cope” and come to understand what is going on. It takes TIME to realize you are being attacked, and that negotiation isn’t going to work. During that time, the attacker has the edge. Part of Martial Arts Training it to “become of no mind”. To remove that “Evaluate, decide, response” loop. In the end state, a fist or foot comes flying at you, and you have already blocked it by the time you realize it was an attack. My martial arts training reached that level. BUT, I was NOT ready to deploy a damaging counter strike the first couple of time I was confronted with this “on the street”. I learned from those to remove that block early. So what I’m saying now is that, given the violence with which Antifa has blinded folks, clubbed them, given them brain damage, etc.: ALL restrictions and blocks are OFF if I see someone in “Black Bloc” mode. On first sighting; lethal force is permitted to my brain stem. (Highly trained martial arts happens below the level of conscious awareness. Like riding a bicycle it is in the brain stem.)
What this means in practice is hopefully nothing. I avoid confrontation risk places. I don’t do political actions or “direct action”. I buy groceries, cook dinner, tend the house and cars, I am “Doggy Doorman”. I’m an old retired guy looking to exit the world with grace and not too much discomfort. So the odds of this meaning anything in The Real World is about 0.0001% possibility.
If, at any time, I’m somewhere by accident and Antifa are there, and for whatever reason threaten me, mine, or anyone else I perceive as innocent victim: There are a bunch of Martial Arts moves you practice, and learn, but just don’t DO in sparing. Or in random street confrontations. “Knife hand strike to the throat”, “Eye gouge”, “Knee to the nose driving it into brain”, “palm heal strike to the nose”, and more. Part of being well trained is knowing how to keep those off the list of tools as long as you have any choice. What Antifa have done with their “yellows” tossing blinding liquids so their “reds” can deliver potentially lethal head shots, and their pack of Hyenas policies, is they have put ALL of the techniques known in the “use now” group. Why? Because against a mob dedicated to maiming, blinding, or killing you with brain damage, you can not hold back any available technique as an individual person.
That is what they have done by their actions of attacking as a mob, an innocent Gay Asian Guy. “All the safeties are off” now. As I’m basically a Buddhist Pacifist type, I shudder to think what state others take.