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HAL last won the day on December 6 2006

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  1. HAL

    Spray Paint

    I'm not a high roller, so I usually splurge on a few dozen cans of 94 or Molotow a couple times a year and that usually lasts me for a while since I'm stingy with it. I buy specific stuff that I know will work with a wide variety of Rusto fills, and Molotow Aubergine works with pretty much anything. It's not quite black, sort of a purple/red/brown and a bit on the warmer side. It looks great with chrome. 94 Cherokee Red is somewhat similar, and seems to outline over chrome better without eating into it. Molotow Deep Black has a bit of a cool tone to it, but doesn't cover that great on bare
  2. As far as I can tell, MTN has a limited edition artist series that they put out every so often. Personally, I'm not that into most of the artwork and the fact that its designed to be collectable (when has a collectable ever been worth anything?), but I can respect someone who put in the effort to get a complete collection. That particular can is one of the nicer designs, in my opinion. I'm much more interested in the old 90's-early 2000's Hardcore cans that said "MONTANA" rather than "MTNMTN", with the old Barcelona address, or the white, knock off cans made by Dupli, which is now Germa
  3. HAL

    Spray Paint

    The new can looks way better.
  4. HAL

    Spray Paint

    It says it's for indoor use only. Does Mode have the old valve or something to make it interesting to writers? The color list is really limited, too. Granted, if I saw it at Home Depot for $1.99, you can bet I'd give it a shot. America's Finest was fantastic and I really miss it. Looking more closely, this looks like a UK-specific site.
  5. HAL

    Spray Paint

    Personally, I wouldn't trust the chinese brands. On walls here in Denver, they fade very quickly and its very easy to wipe off with a little acetone. That makes me nervous about longevity. I understand the Flame Blue is made in the EU, so it may be ok. I've also seen panels I've outlined with MTN Hardcore look pretty shabby when benched a couple years later. They may have reformulated it, but the old stuff from 2000-2005 wasn't as good as I was expecting it to be. Sabotaz, at least the old formula, has serious issues with metal surfaces. It flakes off in sheets over the course o
  6. HAL

    Spray Paint

    I used to buy the metal quart cans of MEK for paint thinner and cleaner, because i could just use one chemical for basically everything. It cleaned off everything and evaporated really fast, so i liked it. i learned the habit as an industrial painter. On the down side, I noticed that I would get involuntary muscle twitches during a job where I had to prep large surfaces with MEK, almost always in my eyelid or pinkie, and it would last for days, or a week after the contract was finished. Evil shit.
  7. HAL

    Spray Paint

    MTN makes strange decisions. I never used the Alien paint much because I didn't feel like they were enough for a full outline. I also dislike their new valve on the Hardcore 2. Extremely dusty at higher elevations.
  8. HAL

    Spray Paint

    It behaves exactly like Ironlak, sprays exactly like Ironlak, but the price point is more reasonable for what you get. Even back when Rusto had a regular valve, it never had the juicy valve Krylon did. Krylon was really sharp, while Rusto was more of a "Lenny". It was kinda like a defensive tackle compared to a running back. For durability, Rusto is second to none, but it has always lacked in precision and control. That being said, the new system with an adapter is twice as precise as it used to be. Has anyone seen the new Ironlak Sugar paint? I'm wondering if it will be as un
  9. Its possible. If you're interested in keeping your cans as a collectable, keeping them in the garage is probably not the best idea for a variety of reasons. The most important, to me, is that you're not enjoying them. If you're concerned about safety, it might be best for you to drill a small hole in the bottom of the can and empty them out. That way you can display them without any worries and get full enjoyment out of your collection. I can't imagine a freeze/thaw cycle is ideal for their longevity, so emptying the cans might be your best option for keeping the collection intact. You c
  10. Hahaha. That's a big issue? There's more graffiti than that on the electric box near my house.
  11. Bike flips are a pretty rad trick.
  12. HAL

    Spray Paint

    That's what I'm saying. The quality of german-made paint is head and shoulders above anything else on the market. I don't know if it's the valve, the quality of the paint, or a combination of both. It's so smooth and precise, like using a new inking pen when you grew up with an old, blown-out sharpie. Why more people don't use it is a mystery to me. I feel like writers who started less than 10 years ago are pretty unaware. It doesn't surprise me, but I always have to shake my head when I see how fast the local shops go through the chinese brands, and the Belton needs to be dusted off
  13. HAL

    Spray Paint

    That's such a sketchy way to do business.
  14. HAL

    Spray Paint

    Looks interesting. I honestly don't mind the chinese paint quality so much as the valve. The paint generally covers better than average, but the damn valve is so fussy and inconsistent. Sometimes all your caps work great, and other times even an astro fat will spray fine at first, then peter down to a spitty, half pressure line, like the valve isn't flowing properly. I have to keep twisting and removing the cap to get a proper line. Most times I can't get a Universal Thin to work better than a spitty, miniature leak. For a while I was using an xacto blade to shave off some of the oversiz
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