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This is a discussion on wetsanding help! within the Showcar and Detailing forums, part of the General Help category; Today i decided to buy a headlight resto kit for my trans am's tail lights, and i went through the ...

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    wetsanding help!

    Today i decided to buy a headlight resto kit for my trans am's tail lights, and i went through the whole process the kit told me todo, including wetsanding with 4 different kinds of sandpaper, after i completely finished the section i was testing on, it just looks dull, any suggestions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AfterYou View Post
    Today i decided to buy a headlight resto kit for my trans am's tail lights, and i went through the whole process the kit told me todo, including wetsanding with 4 different kinds of sandpaper, after i completely finished the section i was testing on, it just looks dull, any suggestions?
    It's supposed to be.. You have to buff them as the final process..

    You're not quite done yet, you'll need to (repeat) keep going with a polishing compound to get to a glossy finish..

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    on a side subject but same title.....

    do you wet sand before or after the clear?

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    Personaly i use 3M rubbing compound after sanding and then follow up with some flitz or plastic wax. The best results will come from a power buffer or a buffer attached to a drill, Although you can get a decent shine with some elbow grease.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SMWS6TA View Post
    on a side subject but same title.....

    do you wet sand before or after the clear?
    I did'nt even think about the clear coating part..

    That would definetly be easier than how I did mine..

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunsetorangess View Post
    Personaly i use 3M rubbing compound after sanding and then follow up with some flitz or plastic wax. The best results will come from a power buffer or a buffer attached to a drill, Although you can get a decent shine with some elbow grease.
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    This. I assumed he was doing it this way.. my bad

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    ok, not to but it is the same subject.

    What I mean is on a body part wetsand before or after teh clear or both?

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    Both for best results...
    Lol Smittro No worries bud, were all here for the same reason
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    Im sanding on stock never touched honeycomb tails, i did the headlight polisher, with a drill buffer, then applied the 4 sets of wetsanding, turning 90 degrees every other paper set... now its just a game of polishing i suppose

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    Quote Originally Posted by AfterYou View Post
    Im sanding on stock never touched honeycomb tails, i did the headlight polisher, with a drill buffer, then applied the 4 sets of wetsanding, turning 90 degrees every other paper set... now its just a game of polishing i suppose
    Use the polishing compound until you get a nice shiny finish. Then put a couple coats of wax on the lenses. Buff each coat of wax and you should be good for a while.

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    awesome! I got it figured out, just wasnt using enough RPM's and didnt go over it enough! got it all worked out though! look great!

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