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Old 11-17-2003, 01:11   #1 (permalink)
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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?
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Old 11-17-2003, 01:12   #2 (permalink)
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May be some more cut and polish compound with a few more layer of thin clear coat will do the job? Not really sure about that.
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Hey Doug.

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.

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try to sand it a little more clear coat it then sand it with 1500 and 2000 again then cut & polish it
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thanks guys...
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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hey doug, how come youre respraying doors?

good luck with the paint :)

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Wool pads are the most aggresive. The foam are more gentle with the waffle being the weakest of the lot.

Without looking at it the buffing my not have been aggresive enough??

I usually use 3M with a wool pad after 2000 wet sanding @ 3500rpm. Then follow up with a foam pad with a combined polish glaze at @4000rpm. I then finish it off by hand with Mothers pure carnnuba wax.
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hey doug, how come youre respraying doors?
Jase, I think it's because he grabbed the doors from that EA Ghia that he and Sunny wrecked a while ago. Reason being the electric window motors in the doors. Could be wrong though...

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if so, its WAY easier to change over the window regulators!
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