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Old 11-03-2004, 17:25   #1 (permalink)
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Panel / plastics painting problem

Hi everyone,

A few months ago one of my plastic Ghia alloy hub centre things got scratched. There was some really deep scratches that caused sharp points. I decided to try and experiment with fixing it myself.

This is what I did:

1. Sanded down the existing scratches and paint.
2. Filled in the scratches, sanded it down smoothly.
3. Sprayed on primer filler, sanded that down smoothly.
4. Sprayed on metallic paint from a paint store.
5. Sprayed on Motospray acryllic top coat clear.
6. Waited two weeks and then waxed it, put in rubbing compound, waxed it again.

While it no longer appears scratched and damaged like it was, the final texture is still very dull and rough. It is not super smooth and shiny like my other plastic centre hubs on the other wheels, or the rest of the car's panels for that matter.

Does anyone know of the proper technique to get that final result? Does it just require compounding more layers of wax or something?

Or have I done it the wrong way?

Regards,

Andrew.
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Re: Panel / plastics painting problem

yeh you done' it all right apart from the compounding part - wax will not achieve anything apart from sealing the paint what you need is n' actuall cutting compound to cut the surface smooth - start with a coarse grade through to fine then you can apply a glaze or wax but preferably after a month on new paint ..
You can even sand with papers used for this procedure 1500-3000 grit paper before compounding to really flaten the surface but prob. best left to pro's doing that ..

good luck ..
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yeh you done' it all right apart from the compounding part - wax will not achieve anything apart from sealing the paint what you need is n' actuall cutting compound to cut the surface smooth - start with a coarse grade through to fine then you can apply a glaze or wax but preferably after a month on new paint ..
You can even sand with papers used for this procedure 1500-3000 grit paper before compounding to really flaten the surface but prob. best left to pro's doing that ..

good luck ..
I followed your advice and it now looks like the rest of the car. Thanks mate!
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