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Old 02-13-2017, 04:02 PM
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I now remember why I hate vans.

Don't get me wrong here, I don't really hate vans, But, I certainly dislike having to paint the roof of one.
Being "semi-retired" from the body business, I get to pick and choose my customers, and do my best to price myself out of business. But sometimes I end up having to actually do work. WORK!? Yes Maynard, work.
Guy comes to me with a 2003 VW Eurovan. with peeling clear on roof, and hood. Well, gotta strip it, (hood, and roof). No worries, razor blade makes short work of it. I put some tape on the adjacent panels, to prevent me scuffing them with sandpaper. You know what happened next. Typical of any "peeler", The clear came with the tape. (not VW, or, van specific) That was figured into the price, but, dangit.
Anyway, That is not why I have a strong dislike for vans. The reason is that I can't reach the roof, and the roof is so dang big. I gotta build scaffolding, to paint the roof on one, and my Arm gets tired about half way through one pass. But anyway, it's in the shop drying, and I gotto go get me some cold beverages to ease the pain, before work tomorrow.

Oh, and to add insult to injury, wind got up to about 12G35, when I picked up the gun for the last coat. So, Now I get to buff it as well.

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Old 02-15-2017, 05:39 AM
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Well, at least it didn't get rained on. I don't do vans anymore at all. my last one was 4 yrs ago and a dodge hlgh top at that, it wouldn't fit through the door so it had to be done outside too. Theres too many young painters around that can do this stuff, us old farts don't need to be messin with em.
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