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Guys, I just saw this on the FE forum. It might even be old news, but I'd never seen it.
It doesn't bode well for a guy trying to do his own work at home in his own shop. Let the hoarding begin!


Phil

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This goes a ways toward explaining why groups lke SEMA got started. At the very least they keep the government from regulating the auto hobby into oblivion without representation.

But let's face it, if there are no enforced regulations then we all know guys and shops that will dump anything, spray anything, pollute anything to either make a buck or do it from outright ignorance.

And remember, half the people out there are below average.
 

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i live in socal, and i also work at an automotive paint jobber. the walk-in DIY guys are usually my favorite ones to interact with. as a hobbyist as well, i am rather experienced with garage jobs or 'backyard boogie' jobs as i call them. from what i understand, a private hobbyist is allowed to spray only a limited amount of materials a day before they will be cracked down upon. its a rather small amount, but it still allows for some. mainly its just the govt trying to crack down on people running businesses out of their houses (just my opinion of course). the regs out here in CA are very strict and although i have seen that the compliant coatings can produce very sucessful results, its this nitpicking of the little guys that has made the prices in our industry skyrocket in the last year. cleaning solvent has gone from about $30 for a 5 gallon drum to about $45 in a years time. and the stuff doesnt work as well either.

paint guys note- primers and clears have a 2.1VOC limit (3.5VOC combined coating VOC) and recently cleaning solvents switched to acetone based products... no laquer thinner for that anymore.
 

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Well, my thought is that the little home based fellow with an interest is getting squeezed. Generally, I am for the home operator who works over an auto on a once per year basis. Not a home operator who establishes a production line. There needs to be some sort of difference made between the hobbist who paints maybe one auto per year or two, and then drives them. Versus the fellow at home who is painting one or two per month and then receiving $$$ for work on an auto he does not own nor drive. The paint supply shops seem to be putting all customers into one group.

Last year had a hard time purchasing one quart of auto paint for a motorcycle, partly as one quart was too much, other was they wanted my to sign a form that I would appy all my techniques to latest rulings. The motorcycle was stolen, burned, and thus I used up the remainder of the can of paint a few moths later.

A few years ago, sprayed the interior of a railroad passenger car using Centauri. Took five gallons, and we had to get pretty thin towards the end too. There just isn't a spray booth big enough to contain an 85 foot long railroad car. But same rules apply, then they found an exemption, for it was not going to be taxed and used on any highway.

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