BA Front Panel touchup

Greg Gore; WA1KBQ gardgore at AOL.COM
Sun Sep 26 10:53:08 EDT 2010

Missed an important step. One other thing to consider is the front panel was finished to a low gloss or semi-gloss. Any rubbing or polishing you do will change the affected area to a higher gloss. Often you will end up with a blotchy looking panel that has areas of high gloss mixed with other areas of low gloss depending upon how much paint touch-up work or rubbing and polishing you needed to do to cover or minimize scuffs, scratches and blemishes, etc. This won't be a problem if you add one more step. Polish and repair as necessary without regard to how much polishing is required to get it looking better then spray on a coat or two of semi-gloss clear lacquer. This step will restore the entire panel to a uniform semigloss appearance regardless of how glossy the polishing operation made it before.

73, Greg, WA1KBQ

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From: Greg Gore; WA1KBQ <gardgore at AOL.COM>
Sent: Sun, Sep 26, 2010 8:51 am
Subject: Re: [BOATANCHORS-TEMPE] BA Front Panel touchup

You will have to address the rust issue first or it will never look right plus 
ou have active rust just below the surface of the paint touch-up. I would 
emove the front panel and apply Naval Jelly to the rusted area to remolve all 
races of it. You will then be left with a pitted surface so you will have to 
ill with an auto body surfacing putty. I would apply it with a single edge 
azor blade so no sanding is necessary. You want to limit invasion of remaining 
ood original paint to only the affected area. Touch-up the repair as necessary. 
 would also think about using an airbrush. You can get inexpensive ones now 
owered by an aerosol can of compressed air.

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rom: Schichler, Alfred (GE Energy Services) (GE Energy Services) 
Alfred.Schichler at GE.COM>
ent: Fri, Sep 10, 2010 10:57 am
ubject: [BOATANCHORS-TEMPE] BA Front Panel touchup

 have an HQ-170A that I'm trying to refurbish. It doesn't have to look
rfect, but I want it to look good enough for me to be proud of it.
nyway, I have the front panel looking pretty good after cleaning it,
painting the outside edges, lightly sanding the front edges around the
ole panel, and then waxing and buffing the whole front of it.
he problem is there is one small area (about 3/4 X 1/4 inch) that has
ight rust and pitting. I tried touching it up with a brush, using some
int that I found off the shelf, which is very close.
t's actually spray paint, but I sprayed some in the cap and used a
fter that dried, I polished that area and waxed it, but it is still
ry noticeable and catches my eye because it's not real smooth or even.
was hoping it would blend in a little better. I was wondering if
yone knows a better touchup method I could use that would blend in
tter, but wouldn't be so complicated that I would need all kinds of
ditional equipment, materials and time.
should probably sand down the area, but I don't want to make it into a
ch bigger area than it is. I was thinking maybe I should wet-sand the
int after it dries, and then polish it, but again, I don't want to
ke it into an enormous job. (I also don't want to end up taking too
ch existing paint off the front panel. I don't think it's all that
ny help/tips would be appreciated.
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