I've painted a couple of doors for my car (presently they are off the car) and I was looking for advice from anyone who has buffed fresh paint before. Basically, the doors are painted in a red(ish) basecoat with a 2 pack clear applied over the top. Because I used 2 pack, the paint is very shiny straight 'off the gun'. However, it has a bit of orange peel and a few specks of dust in it. I got rid of the peel and dust by wet sanding the panels with 1500 then 2000 wet and dry. I then buffed it with a rotary buffer and some Autoglym 3B fine cut compound (which is good stuff apparently). Looking at the doors side on, the finish is really smooth and shiny. But looking at it front on, the paint seems to have a fog over it and a dullish shine. It is no where near as shiney as the paint 'off the gun'.
Does anyone know any products you can use to get the mirror shine back or any buffing techniques that work well? I remember bass_crazy saying he wet sanded his car to get the dust out....how did you get your paint shiny again?
Looks like you need to spend a little more time with the buff (high speed). A good buffing compound to use is freckler ??? (not sure of spelling, yellow tub). You may need to hit the door with a wool pad first depending on how deep the sand marks are. Otherwise, use an orange sponge pad.. and finish off with a black waffle pad and swirl remover. This should get the shine A1.
When ya get the hang of it, come past my house and do my car, its been a while
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Bass, by sponge pad I assume you mean a foam pad? I'm using an Autoglym blue foam pad...dunno much about the pads. Are the colours like different grades? I think the guy that cut my original paint job used a yellow waffle pad and 3M heavy cut compound. The pad was chewed when he was finished. I remember he cut through the paint in some spots.
What RPM would you recommend. I've been told to use the lowest cause of heat buildup. Are the woolen pads better than foam?
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