I've started using dry guide coats here recently and found my new love :)
After buying 3m dry guide coat one time and having to listen to my wife about how overpriced it is, I got an idea... Why not just use artist's charcoal and grind it up to make my own? After comparing the cost of the two it is indeed much cheaper and works the exact same. (might even be the same!)
Local hobby lobby/art supply store has the Charcoal sticks. I use a pneumatic grinder with roloc disc to grind down the large thick sticks of artist charcoal into a fine powder, then store in tupperware container. I use a detailing applicator pad to apply it (just keep it in the container with the charcoal)
Hope you guys try it and save some cash! With the price of paint on the rise this is one way I've managed to save.
Good luck :thumbup:
01-28-2012 08:17 PM
If it helps, I know you can buy charcoal powder in a can. I think sign shops have it for use in transferring patterns.
01-28-2012 08:20 PM
I'll have to check into that! I'm really not sure what the 3m stuff is but I know charcoal acts the same exact way. U can even wetsand it!
01-29-2012 05:20 AM
OVERPRICED ????It's insane .....Thats why I never used it ....I've heard it's much better but until it blocks itself off too I wont be buying it ....you may have a great idea there....and possibly the best tip of this year :thumbup:
01-29-2012 06:50 AM
Just buy a can of Walmart's $1.99 black, cheap paint. You don't do a full rattle can paint job on a car when guide coating, just a light mist on the panel. That can will last a car or two (or three).
this is a great find, I hate useing rattle can for guide coat. recently instead of paint if been useing rattle can primer. because its easy sand doesnt clog up the paper. and ive been trying to figure something out that would work like the powder coat. thanks for the tips, and the coffee grinder thing is brilliant the old lady has been wanting a new one any how.