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i've done a search and couldn't find an answer to this question. i understand that if you are painting a whole car, you can ground it with a chain over the axle to discharge static electricity. i am painting fenders, hood, etc away from the car. my question: if i use a magnet to attach a grounding wire, will it affect the discharge of static electricity......i hate wet-sanding bugs and dust!
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Clamp your ground onto a bolt on the panel. (all panels have a bolt hole somewhere)
 
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thanks for the idea, but that's my original problem.....i'm painting the inside of the trunk lid and the outer surface is smooth.
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duhhhh, i can use the lockset hole. thanks, just needed a little prompting.
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From reading the Autobodystore.com forum for quite some time, in preparation for painting my '66, I recall that Len Stuart, the pro painter and webmaster said that he found very little value, if any, in "grounding" for purposes of painting. Some things are just over-rated.
 
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well, so much for a good thought......i guess my idea of blowing up a bunch of balloons, rubbing them against the cat to create static, then hanging them around my paint area to "attract" the dust, isn't a great idea either. /forums/images/icons/smile.gif
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I really don't see your problem, but...

Back the bolt out that you are using for a ground and tighten it in when after it is dry.
 

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The main reason I ground it because airborne solvents and static electricity are a bad mix......
 
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thanks for that info....i'll continue to ground even if it doesn't help the dust.
 

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I've tried that before with no improvement. Wet the floor. Where most of the trash comes from in a paint job is the air... Think about it for a minute. Your spray gun is blowing air onto your car. So this means that the air around your gun is being sucked up & onto the car also. (Just like drafting in racing). Trash comes off your clothes, the air line & even your gun. Also use static free tack rags right before you spray.
 
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