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Old 08-06-2013, 08:02 PM   #41
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Thanks Sho

No, I haven't found a muffler yet. The $5 used muffler is better than an open pipe for sure. I was thinking about the $25 Kohler muffler that a lot of people seem to use for various projects. That seems much more robust, but it'll likely mean I won't be able to put on a trailer hitch. I want the trailer hitch on this cart.

So I am still weighing my options...
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Old 08-10-2013, 11:05 AM   #42
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Little buddy and I drove the cart to publix yesterday.


We took side roads, but I passed a police car that I thought was empty... But an officer was in the car! I putted past at about 12 mph. And expected to get pulled. He never pulled me! I know Kennith City is golf cart friendly, but Saint Petersburg doesn't list itself as golf cart friendly so I didn't know. I guess I just found out!
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Old 08-10-2013, 11:07 AM   #43
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Also started to paint yesterday. Went to HD and picked up the darkest blue they had. Looking for something like Navy Blue in a rattle can. Thought this was it, but no dice.

It's only got one coat right now. If I stick with this color the strip look will go away.



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Old 08-13-2013, 09:13 AM   #44
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Old 08-14-2013, 12:35 PM   #45
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Here is coat #2:


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I laid on coat #3 this morning before I headed into work. Hoping that its light outside when I get home so I can get a good look at the third coat and some pics.

If the third coat still has the stripes, then I don't know what I'm going to do. I don't know if wetsanding will help rid the stripes or not.
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Old 08-14-2013, 09:40 PM   #46
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Maybe primer would have helped, now just put more coats on. You can sand it to smooth it out, as you get more texture with more coats. Use something fine like 600 wet or finer it may take a couple coats to cover 600 with rattle paint. If the stripes are from your passes and not from seeing thru....then you need to drop coat it or spray smoother coats. Always overlap the coat by half or so, so you put it on slightly dry and overlap makes it wet. You can pull back and mist it to help lock in the metallic for tiger stripes (directly after spraying an area while its wet). That is when the metallic stripes.
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Old 08-15-2013, 08:02 AM   #47
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Thanks sho. I will pull back for the mist affect.

I did put primer on it. I sanded 120, then 220 then 2 primer coats with a rattle can and now 3 coats with rattle can paint.

The third coat took away the verticle stripes you see in the photo. but there are still three areas that are horizontal that reflect light very differently than the rest. Maybe there was a contaminate in those areas. I did blow it off, then cleaned with mineral spirits, but I am painting outside so dust is always a possibility.

I might try the 600 grit then if that doesn't work, another coat. Any secrets to wetsanding? Other than to keep it wet?...
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Old 08-19-2013, 07:49 PM   #48
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Put a little soap in the water to sand, it helps, use lots of water on it while you sand or keep dipping the paper. You can sand with a hose going at 1/4 flow or something. Make sure you have zero dirt in your water or on the surface. Try to get a foam pad to use like autobody places should have in stock. You need to wait a while for rattle paint it dries really slow. I would wait a week if you can. If it balls up on you its still wet. Don't go too course 600 is the limit to paint over without primer and I'd be super careful on rattle paint with 600.

The stripe can be from the metallic settling differently in a wet spot compared to less wet, such as if your passes were uneven in wetness. Very easy to do with most poorly designed rattle can nozzles. When you pull back (when its wet) and mist from maybe twice the distance it helps lock the metallic in to look all the same. Old painting trick, common with single stage metallic. If too wet it may do it anyway, not wet enough it may get dry spots. They call it a drop coat or mist coat when using a gun on a car to paint. Paint needs to be wet enough the mist soaks into it more or less. Hard to do with paint that flashes off really fast.
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Old 08-20-2013, 01:04 PM   #49
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Thanks sho. I ordered some 1000 grit online. Hopefully it will get here by the weekend and I can try that with the soap and water.
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Old 08-25-2013, 04:45 PM   #50
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I haven't sanded it yet, but I did get the muffler figured out. I will post some pics soon, but I used the Kohler Replacement Muffler '237550' that you can get online for $26 plus shipping. At low throttle it sounds the same, but when I step into it, it doesn't get annoyingly loud any more!

3/4 throttle and above it used to sound very angry. Not anymore!

Anyway, for my ungoverned gx200 clone this did the trick. I think originally it was used on Kohler 7, 10 and 12hp engines. I don't know if it would flow well enough for an ungoverned gx390, but I'd think anything smaller would do well with it.
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