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    Nib File?

    I painted my nose peice and front fender on sunday but got blotches in the base coat. I resprayed it and the base coat turned out great but I then got one large sag and two tiny runs on the nose piece in the clear coat. I just bought a tool called a nib file from the auto body supply shop and i am going to attempt to file down the runs. My question(s) are has anyone ever used this type of file? If so what was your outcome? And do you have any tips that could help me avoid problems? They paint is only two days old, I would say that the run is 1/16 of an inch thick, if i take off the top of the run, do you think inside the run the paint will still be liquid or soft? Once i have filed down pretty far should i then wet sand or finish it another way? I know that was a lot of rapid fire questions any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    Inside may be still soft so I would allow it to cure out first.
    Never used a NIB File but have used other methods.
    Take off the buildup untill it's almost smooth, then finish up with wet sanding.
    I prefer to use a stick like a thick paint stirrer wrapped in wet or dry paper & plenty of water from a slow hose. Use a squeegee to wipe the water off & check your work after a few strokes.
    I'd use 320 & finish with 600.
    Runs in clearcoat are easy to fix because you can reblend that area easily if you mess up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbob93 View Post
    Inside may be still soft so I would allow it to cure out first.
    Never used a NIB File but have used other methods.
    Take off the buildup untill it's almost smooth, then finish up with wet sanding.
    I prefer to use a stick like a thick paint stirrer wrapped in wet or dry paper & plenty of water from a slow hose. Use a squeegee to wipe the water off & check your work after a few strokes.
    I'd use 320 & finish with 600.
    Runs in clearcoat are easy to fix because you can reblend that area easily if you mess up.
    Thanks for your help, i appreciate your information. I will try this in a few days once the clear coat is really hard.

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