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Old 09-16-2016, 09:57 PM   #6021
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Not surprisingly, I never heard of flex additive.

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It's an additive you mix into the primer and paint to make it stretch a bit when plastic moves around.
Used to be a very common thing when the early urethane bumper covers and trim came out. That would have been 1973/74 the same time all the cars got those UGLY bumpers that stuck out 8" or more. That material was common up until the late 80's when the newer body styles that looked like a melted bar of soap started appearing.
If you paint those parts without flex additive you will be able to watch the paint fail and crack within the first year, or the first time you drive down a rough road. Even when you did it right the stuff flexed so much it regularly showed stress cracks.

These days you don't "have" to add any in while painting the newer bumper covers and trim because they don't flex as much. BUT I still do on some that are known to suffer a lot of stress cracks. (I've even added it to the paint to shoot on older 'vettes, the 'glass and SMC they use on them moves a LOT, and I'd rather spend the 20 bucks for the additive than eat the cost of a complete strip and respray)
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Old 09-17-2016, 05:08 AM   #6022
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Thanks Steve. I will look into this.

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Old 09-17-2016, 06:22 AM   #6023
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Good Morning, DB, Thanks for explaining the Flex, somehow I missed that from Ron, (sorry Ron!) That's the era that I had my shop when you pretty much had to use it. Almost forgot here's the next installment on putting a door together, (at least how I do it)
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Old 09-17-2016, 08:32 PM   #6024
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Good Evening, Well spent an interesting afternoon, felt like I was back in business doing road service........son had a right front wheel bearing blow apart around 100 miles from here totally without warning, he was my shop Forman so he knows if a wheel bearing is going bad, Tire, wheel, brake caliper and all left the truck without a forwarding address . We got it back together enough to move it off the highway to a parking lot for the night and will go back tomorrow with a trailer and pick it up.
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Good Evening, Well spent an interesting afternoon, felt like I was back in business doing road service........son had a right front wheel bearing blow apart around 100 miles from here totally without warning, he was my shop Forman so he knows if a wheel bearing is going bad, Tire, wheel, brake caliper and all left the truck without a forwarding address . We got it back together enough to move it off the highway to a parking lot for the night and will go back tomorrow with a trailer and pick it up.
Dang, Terry! Glad no one was hurt, as those can be bad if hit with a "Rolling Bomb"
Great video, by the way! Rail!
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Terry,
I agree with Rail. That is the reason that I very much dislike the new sealed bearing units, I like to see what kind of shape the bearings are.
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Good Morning, Yup, he was lucky, that was a real busy road and there was a bike rally going on so there was a lot of bikes out too. When the assembly took off it hit a bank and came back and hit the side of the box, (yup more body work) plus the front fender. I agree the worst thing is those sealed unit bearings, for those that have had the kind you pull out and repack they just don't last as long. Put a short vid on painting my wheels.
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Again, nice video Terry besides the excellent paint job.
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Thanks Frank! Well we got the errant Dodge truck home, there's a story behind this as well..............I used a good friend of mines trailer as the truck I needed to pick up had a width of 7 ft ((he has wide tires on it) and my trailers aren't that wide between the fenders. So we are running down a busy road (I'm using the Tot'r) and I tell my son that the trailer isn't rolling that I had to pull it all the time, if you've towed a lot of trailers you know what I mean, some trailers just seem to pull hard and others will roll easy. well we got to the truck and loaded it and took off, we got back to my road and stopped to check one more time before heading up the mountain, I hand checked the tires, (put my hand on them) and the front tire was hotter than the back one even thro the air pressure was the same, hmmm checked the other side and really looked at things and found the tires where not wearing the way they should kinda scrubbing, there's why the trailer was pulling hard the axles where out of alignment checked further and found the front bolt that holds the spring shackle was sheared off and had been for awhile because the ends where all rust, wow I guess I will check things over better next time, this was a heavy equipment trailer. But we got it home. Never a dull moment.
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Terry Help,
I tried to apply the Bondo today and it turned rock hard as soon as I tried applying it. Am I using to much hardener now. It says only mix enough to do a small area. I don't have small areas?
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Dang Terry, good thing you checked it real good before you left?
Just kidding? Yeah, it sounds like the borrowed trailer needs some "Terry Lovin", and glad it made it back home OK! How did the Tot'r do?
Tim, sounds like you used too much hardener, for sure! Just throw it out and mix up another batch!
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Terry,
I used to borrow a buddy's car trailer to tow behind my MH before I got mine, and I would have to repair wiring and lights every time I got it(other people borrowed it too).
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I agree with Rail, too much hardener.
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wow TERRY,, what a couple days huh,,,,thank GOD all is well,,,could have been a whole lot worse....---wheels look great my friend,,

yup TIM,, that happens,,,like RAIL said just toss it and mix another batch....just use a little less hardner...

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wow TERRY,, what a couple days huh,,,,thank GOD all is well,,,could have been a whole lot worse....---wheels look great my friend,,

yup TIM,, that happens,,,like RAIL said just toss it and mix another batch....just use a little less hardner...

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