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[December 13, 2005]


Tonight I got all of the ribs, spars and bars's edges smoothed out. I installed the Scotch Brite wheel in my bench grinder and that thing did a hell of a job on cleaning up the front reinforcement bars where I needed to file the metal back. Quick too. For all of the other edges, I used a emery cloth first, then the scotch brite pad. Went pretty quickly. Next I files back the edges of the HS-404 and HS-405 where it overlapped the skin. Finally, I checked each component for deeper scratches and smoothed them out.

Next I made a frame for my painting jig. I used Tom Emery's advice and put chicken wire on a 2x3 frame. Actually, they call it poultry wire now....I guess even chickens are jumping onto the PC bandwagon. The dimensions I used were 69" long by 25.5" wide. The 25.5" gives you a nice border to work with to secure the wire to the frame. The 69" is just what I had left over on my old 2x3's. I used screws and washers to hold down the wire.

Finally I read all of the directions on the alumiprep, alodine and AKZO primer. I am glad I don't live in California or else I could get a good case of cancer from this stuff! ;-)

My painting frame.

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