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    For all you painters out there, this tip might come in handy. It is fairly inexpensive, and I have found it works great for both painting and buffing.

    When I opened my shop, I went to the local Home Depot with one thing in mind, I wasn't walking out until I found something I could use for parts racks.
    Here is what I came up with. I found some stands with rollers on them in the lumber section. Of course I forget the name of them, but they are used to like take wood out of the back of a truck (or something like that). They have about a 10" roller on them. This helps you move whatever is to move.

    Anyway, they only cost about $20. So here is what you need to do this little project. I have also included what department I found them in

    1-The stand I talk about above. (Lumber)
    2-The flat steel that is about 2 1/2" wide and
    6' long. I bought the one that has holes in it about every 2".(Fastner area)
    3-electrical tape (Electrical)
    4-Screws, nuts and washers. I believe I bought 3/8" (Fastners)
    5-The foam covering that goes over plumbing. (Plumbing)

    This should do it.

    Now...remove the roller and throw it in the garbage. Cut two pieces about 5" each off of the flat steel you bought. I try to cut is so there is hole in the very center (example, cut it so there are seven holes, one in the center and three on each side).

    Grind the upper corners of the steel so they are round.

    Then you will need to bolt these two pieces, one on each end of the stand (where the roller holes are.

    Now, place the foam covering over the steel. I left about 1-2" over on each end. this will help keep the fenders on nice and tight (and not directly on the steel)

    Wrap the covering in electrical tape.

    Your done!!!!

    Now, you can cut different widths of steel to cover different types of fenders and tanks. I have seven of these and have found they work great. Best of all, the racks are adjustable!!!! [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]

    I also have one rack that has no roller and no steel, just the top of the rack. I use this for fenders like the Softails, Springers...I bolt the fenders on (can do two at a time). Of course this only works good if the bracket is painted, and you can tape it up, then you bolt it on.

    Hey...there's a little Macgyverism in all of us!

    I will try to add some photos step by step (I need some more racks...must be a good sign [img]graemlins/bigokay.gif[/img]

    Enjoy this little tip!

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    Top Flite Painter ezrider's Avatar

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    Scott got any finished pics ? i was looking to buy stands from House of Kolor . they were about $350. you couldnt have posted this at a more PERFECT TIME. [img]graemlins/bigokay.gif[/img]

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    Actually, I do EZ. They have parts on them, but you can still get the idea. Go to the front page (or most any page in the site) and click on "Our Spray Booth". You will see the stands "in action" [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

    I will try to get a step by step soon. Hey for about $25, I think they work great.

    Buy lot's of stands, I hold stock in the company that makes the stands [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]
    Just kidding!

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    Scott,i was in Home Depot on the 4th to pick up the lumber for next weekends deck prodgect when i ran into a box of the lumber stands you were talking about. i picked up 4 ( your stock should be soaring now ) got any pictures of the " heads " you fabricated. i have a good idea but would like to see yours. your heads are already proven to work. thanks [img]graemlins/bounce.gif[/img]

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    I just picked up some new materials, so I can do a "How-To" on the motorcycle stands (plus I needed them anyway), but I got you a couple of quick pics to give you an idea of how I did it. Be sure and read the instructions above.
    One change I need to make, I made a mistake. I meant duct tape, not electrical.

    Another neat this is to had set up for tanks, one for front fenders, and one for back fenders, and one without any brackets or rollers (use this one for the little FXST and Springer fenders). So change the length of your metal slats on each rack (one about 5 holes, another about 7 holes and another about 9 holes. Also, be sure and leave 1-2" of the air cond. tubing (whatever you call it) hanging over the end on each side of the slat. This will give you quite a bit of margin of size for fender widths.

    These stands work excellent for all import and H-D fenders along with import tanks.
    I usually use a 2X4 to put the single H-D tanks on once the bottom is masked up or hang it up if they are new.
    Of course you can use these stands assuming the bottom of the fenders already has paint on it.
    Here they are.

    First thing you do is throw the roller away. Push in one side and it slips out easy.

    Look for a How-To page next week. I will post a link from this post.
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    scott what do u use to wet sand and buff on? [img]graemlins/cheers.gif[/img]

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    Same stands. I just make sure I blow them off before I paint. Most of the compound dust falls on the floor anyway since the main part is *inside* the fender or the tank.

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    Those stands look great, I've been using regular 'ol saw horses and stacking short 2x4's up for the fenders, screwing the 2x4's together with dry-wall screws then using wire under the fenders to hold them on. For the tank, I use an eng. stand with a 2x4 in the round hole so the tank can swivel 360 degrees. That is good and cheap for me. The wood gets alot of paint overspray but the clear gives it protection, i have a couple of saw horses that are five years old now the 2x4's are like 3x5's (LOL) maybe you'll use this tip I just had to add it in .... [img]graemlins/freak.gif[/img]

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    When is the how to page gonna be up? I thought i understood what you were talking about and then i saw the few pics you put up and compare that to the booth pics. It doesn't add up, what you are doing with the railing with the holes in it.

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    Well I'm from the Bahamas guys.
    [img]graemlins/bounce.gif[/img] [img]graemlins/bounce.gif[/img] [img]graemlins/bounce.gif[/img]

    I still have that "floating" feeling from the ship.
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    I will get the How-To up soon. Just got back and am overloaded with, well...everything!!!!

    As far as the railing goes, I cut this down (usually to about 5 or 7 holes), then bolt it on both sides of the stand rail, then tape the air cond. hose on it. You might have been confused on the spray booth pic of the fender on the very right side of the pic. This is the one that I leave off the stand (think I mentioned that somewhere above to leave off the rails on one of the stands).
    This way I can bolt on up to 2 FXST fenders. The other fenders that you see use the $25 stands. [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]


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