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If you want to get REALLY nerdy about lights, this thread is the best I've ever seen: Light Fixture Layout Collections - The Garage Journal Board

For uplighting I use cordless stuff. The milwaukee flood light on the floor or bench means no cords to kick, and if i kick this thing(which i've done) it is pretty tough and just lands where it lands.

I also am in love with underhood lights, lots of good ones out there but i'm stuck on milwaukee batteries soooo this is the one i use, works great underneath hoods, inside cars clamped to the roof, under cars clamped to frame rails, you name it.

The underhood light makes stereo work a breeze.
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I'm definitly doing lower recessed lights in the walls this time for the bodyshop room. My old one has the lights on the walls, and yeah same problem, never enough light in the wheel wells.
Are you going to build in a paint booth? If this virus doesn't wipe out my retirement, I would love to do that in my barndominium. In my current shop building its not practical because its not big enough and I could never move the other cars and all the stuff out long enough to set up a makeshift booth either. I've used my attached garage to spay primer (I can leave my daily drivers outside temporarily), but I've never had the gumption to attempt a finish paint job at home. Its the most expensive and most obvious part of any restoration and so I've always wanted to someday have the facilities to do it myself. That would probably pay for itself in only a few cars.
 

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Gamble, that Milwaukee work light BLOWS the one that have AWAY! Mine is just OK. :cautious: I also paid too much for that one.
Well, I'm not a Milwaukee guy. Be happy that you are.
Mine does not have an external battery-it's internal.
Old eyes like mine need lots of light.
Um, better light=better work.;)
 

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Thats a nice light setup! I've made do with the ol traditional trouble light, a halogen floor spot light and my little trusty LED flash light. I should have better light everywhere this time around in the new shop.

Are you going to build in a paint booth? If this virus doesn't wipe out my retirement, I would love to do that in my barndominium. In my current shop building its not practical because its not big enough and I could never move the other cars and all the stuff out long enough to set up a makeshift booth either. I've used my attached garage to spay primer (I can leave my daily drivers outside temporarily), but I've never had the gumption to attempt a finish paint job at home. Its the most expensive and most obvious part of any restoration and so I've always wanted to someday have the facilities to do it myself. That would probably pay for itself in only a few cars.
I actually have an enclosed bodyshop room with air ventalation in my old shop already, so I will be doing something similar. My philosophy, after working in autobody for a bit, was that a guy who sprays cars everyday will always be able to lay a much smoother and near perfect coat of paint then I will be able to as I only end up spraying a car every few years at most, and it takes constant practice to get and stay good at it. The amount of polish and sanding work you create for yourself by not laying down a perfectly level coat of paint in the first place is huge. That and cost wise, you don't save that much as, to drop a car off at a body shop that is already fully prepped, and if they let you mask it there yourself, the cost in labour is minimal and the paint cost is actually less as you end up with a lot of left over product when you buy it all yourself. HOWEVER, that was my experience in the past, working with a really good bodyshop in the city I used to live in. The last go around, I had to select a local shop to do the same thing with, and it was a total shit show and it really soured the experience. It was expensive, they were a PITA to deal with, and ultimately they didn't do that good of a job and I ended up having to do a lot of sanding and polishing to get the finish we wanted. If there were a better shop in town to deal with I'd consider it again, but the reality is I have like 5 cars that will need to be painted in the next decade or so, so its time to make my self less dependent on a paint shop. But this is a public forum and putting paint boothes into your shop is frowned upon here, so to very directly answer your question, absolutely not, I will not be putting a paint booth into my new shop.
 

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HOWEVER, that was my experience in the past, working with a really good bodyshop in the city I used to leave in. The last go around, I had to select a local shop to do the same thing with, and it was a total shit show and it really soured the experience. It was expensive, they were a PITA to deal with, and ultimately they didn't do that good of a job and I ended up having to do a lot of sanding and polishing to get the finish we wanted.
Understand completely. I went through that too. My usual painter, Cuco, had outgrown me and was eventually charging as much as the concours shops so I went looking for someone new. A car show friend who always has a new project completed every year offered to introduce me to his painter, Rick. Well, turns out Rick was a nightmare and I wound up having to take the car to a third guy, Chris, to be done over again at great expense. I wasn't going to let Cuco know that I'd tried somebody else and needed rescuing. ;)

But if I'm going to ever paint a car myself, its going to be a solid color with no metallics or pearls or anything like white or SDR, maybe black after three or four practice cars. I'm not likely going to have a professional "booth" either, just a room with positive pressure ventilation and AC filters. As long as I can sand and polish out a few nibs I'll be OK.
 

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Well the prep is the really hard part. Especially with black.

The other problem is all of the paints changed again to a new water based formula. The new paints are really hard to deal with, and technically need to be baked. I have to check, but at the time I was still able to get some of the old non water based stuff as "fleet" paint. Not sure if thats still possible or not, working on the water based stuff at home is a problem. You can't even polish it the same way, its a whole new set of methods, pads and compounds.
 

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You won't have to worry about painting it yourself if the waterbourne paints spread from CA in a few years. You need IR to cure them.
 

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It wasn't a CA thing, they went wide back in like 2014/2013. At least BC fully converted back then. I thought it was an all of North America thing.
 

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Yeah, I had plenty of time to plan the table. I welded nuts on the 5x5 1/4in plate for the feet of the 4x4 box legs so i could bolt casters to it. I rolled it around on them to get it in place, then jacked it up and pulled them off. Somehow, one leg is either a slight bit shorter than the others, like 1/8in, or the floor is warped. lol. I cleaned it up and painted everything with self etching primer and then flat black tracor paint except the top, and a section under the lip of the top, and on one of the receivers so I can clamp my ground to it out of the way.

All the metal was free except the top plate, the receivers, and the metal on the top of the shelves. My dad had the scrap box and angle at is house as he was an iron worker before retirement so would bring home leftovers for projects. Took forever to clean the rust and old paint off of all of the metal. I cleaned the black scale off the top with a wire brush and muratic acid. I try to keep it sprayed with wd40 when not welding so it doesnt rust.

Also, I put 2 of the magnet strips from harbor freight on the next shelf lip down for putting the wrenchs for the grinders on. I got lucky with the chop saw fitting. It just barely fit. I bought this heavy duty welding blanket a LONG time ago and the plan is to hang it on the wall behind the table so when grinding or welding etc.. sparks dont hit the wall.

I will try to get the pics from my phone onto my PC so I can post them. I have some pics showing all the grinders etc.. on it. I bought a bunch of 2x2x1/8 box and 8x8x1/4in plate to make more vice mounts etc.. from. I have like 4 big vices, and a bench grinder. I want to get a bench polisher as well, and maybe a belt sander too.

I put the whole thing together with the Hobart Beta Mig 200 I got for cheap. Had feed issues and is ugly. I got lucky and it already had an aftermarket tweaco 15ft torch on it so I just had to replace the liner, and then I took the feed motor apart and cleaned all the old dried up grease out and put new grease in. Works awesome! I need to start practicing with my tig when i get the 4 wheeler engine done. I want to be sure I have plenty of practice before making the control arms for my 5 lug swap.
 

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