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Hey all,

Deep into the restoration of my 76 and after a bare metal respray I was really getting ticked off when I had to bolt something down and the last 1/2 turn of the bolt cracked new paint. Well, I came up with a way to solve the problem. Take and smear a thin coating of vasoline or light grease(like white grease) on the back of the washer and tighten away. I have been building up my door shells this afternoon and since trying this idea I have not cracked any paint even when I tried to do it on purpose by over tightening a bolt. I had been using a small bit of masking tape behind the washers previously, but that is too much work to bother with. This takes 2 seconds to apply and away you go.

I don't know if this is a common tip, but I guess I never knew about it till I thought of trying it this afternoon. Take care.................

Charles
 

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hey great idea

i will try that the next time i have a difficult pain in the butt
 

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beware....

Remember that Vaseline (or any petroleum for that matter) is a natural solvent.

I understand why you are doing this, but even if the paint is fully cured; make sure you leave no residue of this stuff behind. If you do you will start to notice that the paint in that area is remrkably duller than in others.
 

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Re: beware....

Yea, I hear what you are saying. I use very little and have been wiping up the excess that is pushed out from under the washer with a bit of paint thinner on a rag. I think the key is to use very little and I have been using just the lightest smear and in fact very little squirts out. I am willing to take a risk of a little dull paint over a tiny bit of cracked paint though.

Charles
 
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