Brake buster wrote:nlcrane wrote:That is a wonderful result, I only hope that my Au Pair’s bonnet will buff up to that standard when I get round to starting the job, believe it or not I am waiting for a cloudy day when the intense sun will not screw up the work. One of the problems of living here, the sun is certainly wonderful but it does ruin the finish on any motor that is not parked under cover, not to mention, curtains, furniture, roofs etc.
P.S. I am also waiting for grit 2000 to arrive from the UK, unbelievable but I just could not find it here in Spain.[/quote
main point, is go round the car after a good wash and dry and identify problem areas, , then with a small bit of masking tape mark near the blemish so its easy to find when doing the work , get yourself a DIY rubber sanding block ( palm size ) and soak the 2000 grit , you can also get a ' squeegee ' , for windows or car cleaning, this will quickly and cleanly wipe away the water when flatting to see how much may need doing ,
spot sanding will remove small paint blemishes and light scratches, use the squeegee to see if the blemish or scratch has vanished after sanding, , there is no need to flat the whole panel unless you have a rippled orange peel effect , which i did in places ,
REMEMBER , you are only trying to flat the clear lacquer coat over the paint, go through the lacquer and you will have problems with the finish !!!
then with the machine polisher machine over the area including the surrounding area to get a consistent finish ,
two grades of polish are recommended ( or even three ) each getting finer , wipe down with a very clean and very soft cloth of your choice, and when happy apply the wax coat, buff off and then apply another , stand back with a beer and admire and take pictures if you so desire, lol
but take your time ,
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