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    Smooth Factory Finish

    Just wondering how you guys get a perfect smooth finish with bondo.
    What i Did was install my LCD but i had to cut out the cigarette lighter,
    and the ash tray.
    So now I have an empty space. Well I started filling in the holes, by making a frame (out of cd jewel case parts) then used epoxy to get it in place and mount. then I started filling in the holes with Bondo, (tons of it). it is pretty much level, but still wavey ( not even everywhere) so I used some glazing putty. btw. I have sanded a ton to try and get it smooth. just seems like it never gets anywhere.
    It helped even it out a bit, but i think that if I spray paint it, it will still look a bit wavy and not smooth.

    What do you guys recommend..?

    Thanks

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    sand, smooth, sand, smooth, sand, smooth, rinse repeat.
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    pics would help but mostly u need a sanding block and alot of time

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    How many hours did you put into it?

    Like the rest said... sand and use progressivly less course sanding paper.
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    Always use a block.
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    I've put like 2-3 days into this thing, and it's not very big. it's like a little widder than a dvd case and half the height.

    But I guess I will just keep going.
    Thanks guys

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    I find wet n dry sandpaper at a courseness of 1200 seems to do well with plenty of water. Wet sanding is the key IMHO.
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    1200 is waaaay too fine for bondo. That is a grit that might be used for color-sanding paint prior to polishing. I don't go finer than 180-320 with bondo. Wet-sanding is also not recommended with bondo. It absorbs water like a sponge and its possible to trap moisture in the filler which can cause problems with the topcoats later.
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    do you guys use polisher on your pieces after you have painted. or is some clear coat just as good...

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    You usually want a semi-flat or flat finish on interior parts so I use neither.
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