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My First Time Wet Sanding & Buffing

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    My First Time Wet Sanding & Buffing

    Well, I had my hood and some parts of the car repainted. They are not a 100% perfect match but she sure looks almost perfect to me!

    I wet sanded the hood for 3 hours (lots of orange peel) and then did a 3 part buff. I think it came out F-in Spectacular!

    There was a bit of an overcast. And ignore the dates on the pics, I forgot to adjust!

    What do you all think?

    Before (You can see the haze and orange peel)



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    My god dude that look awsome!!! You should be very proud of that job!! Have you ever wet sanded before? Could you tell me the steps involved and what grit paper?

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    Great job. The paint looks flat and smooth
    Did you use a rotary buffer I take it?

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    what sand paper did you use? 3000 grit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BREAKxNECKxSPEED View Post
    My god dude that look awsome!!! You should be very proud of that job!! Have you ever wet sanded before? Could you tell me the steps involved and what grit paper?
    No, I have never done it before and I am by far, no expert at it. I have seen it done, but never tryed it for fear that I would destroy my baby!

    First, I tapped the edges of the hood leaving about a 1/4 inch covered. Then I sanded going with the curvature of the hood while being sure to stay away from sharp edges where the sand paper would surely strip of the paint.
    I used 1,500 grit paper due to the amount of orange peel.

    After I was finished with the flat spots, I moved onto the curved edges, such as the hood scoop. This takes time. Light pressure is the key and keep your sanding angle following the curvature.

    Several times, I dryed the hood with a nice soft squegee and examined my progress. When dry, it should be super smooth.

    I then used a rotary buffer to compound, then polish, then wax.

    The first step is to get your buffer at the right speed. To slow will do nothing and to fast will burn the paint.

    My buffer, I had set at #2 and I applied medium pressure, while keeping the buffer on a small angle. You don't want it flat or it will hop all over the place.

    BE SURE, to watch all edges of the hood. If you hit them at the wrong angle, you will rip the paint right off. You should angle the buffer so that it is spinning off of the hood not onto the hood. And make sure it is angled enough that it does not catch the hood as the buffer wheel comes around.

    I did not used the buffer at the front of the scoop grille as it is to sharp of edges. I used a cloth and spent some time smoothing out the paint.

    I hope I help. I am not good at explain, only doing.

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    that does look good. i recently tried wet sanding, does take awhile if you want to do it right

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    Looks Awesome!

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    so the orange peel is on the clear coat then and not the actual paint? hmmm. i never knew that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amanc96 View Post
    so the orange peel is on the clear coat then and not the actual paint? hmmm. i never knew that.
    Well, if the person who painted really screwed up, it could be on the base coat. You can usually tell.
    For the most part though, if the base coat(color) was a little rough, sanding the clear smooth would be adequite for a nice finish.

    Clear coat can act as a filler even though it is not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amanc96 View Post
    so the orange peel is on the clear coat then and not the actual paint? hmmm. i never knew that.
    The consistency of the clearcoat is different from paint. It's lot denser than paint, and usually it's applied in multiple coats over paint

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    so you have some room for wet sanding then? when wet sanding, how much pressure do you apply?

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    Quote Originally Posted by amanc96 View Post
    so you have some room for wet sanding then? when wet sanding, how much pressure do you apply?
    Not much pressure at all. Just light pressure.

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    I ,my self, would be scared to try it unless I did one before. I have whats known as shit luck.

    God how I love a red camaro!! I wanted a red one so bad but had to go with a black one which was my 2nd choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amanc96 View Post
    so you have some room for wet sanding then? when wet sanding, how much pressure do you apply?
    The best way to determine how much to room you have to wetsand is to use a PTG. It stands for Paint Thickness Gauge which can measure the paint in microns or millimeters, but it's quite expensive

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    Quote Originally Posted by BREAKxNECKxSPEED View Post
    I ,my self, would be scared to try it unless I did one before. I have whats known as shit luck.

    God how I love a red camaro!! I wanted a red one so bad but had to go with a black one which was my 2nd choice.
    Are you kidding me! I wanted a black one, but they all were either beat up or nobody wanted to sell one where I live. I even was willing to travel 300 miles for one.
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    nice job buddy, looks like you can do body work like you can exhaust!

    well done,

    personally i think the slp black plascic grille would fit your car bettter than no grill at all,
    but thats just me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by camarojunky74 View Post
    nice job buddy, looks like you can do body work like you can exhaust!

    well done,

    personally i think the slp black plascic grille would fit your car bettter than no grill at all,
    but thats just me.
    Thanx! I currently have the SLP grille in it.

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    oh\... good call

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    this is my 92 black Z28 Camaro, in about 2 weeks i'll be painting the hood ans front fenders black, i've never painted, or primered or buffed for that matter, i'm nervouse but i'm wanting to do this the right way, i plan on doing something to the hood with fiberglass, something unique idk what yet and i plan on painting 2 white stripes down the middle of it, now i know to put about 3 coats of primer, then idk how many coats of paint and gloss to put on and how not to F it up, if anyones got any tips let me know

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