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    Paint And Polish Question

    I have painted and wetsanded and then clearcoated and wetsanded my console.

    Question #1: Is it better after I wetsand the clearcoat to spray another clearcoat and then just leave it.

    Question #2: OR, should I wetsand the clearcoat and then use 3m rubbing compound, then a polisher.

    If I do question #2, do I just rub the rubbing compound in or do I let dry and then wipe off?

    I am a bit confused. Thanks

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    Maximum Bitrate Altimat's Avatar
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    Think of rubbing compound as liquid sandpaper. A polishing copound is even finer. The only reason to wetsand clearcoat is to remove orange-peel texture and polish for a glass-smooth finish, or to respray over an unsatisfactory finish.
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    NOBODY ELSE???? I really need some help!

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    He answered your question, what more do you want?

    First, it sounds like you already wetsanded the clearcoat, correct? In which case the second question doesn't make complete sense.

    Either way, all you really need to do now is polish the surface and see if you are satisfied. I do not see why you wouldn't be unless you didnt put enough clear coat on the paint and ended up sanding through the clear into the paint.

    And as far as polishing is concerned, read the directions on the particular polish you plan on using. Most rubbing compounds and polishes and even glazes require you to rub it in (as suggested by the instructions) and wipe it off before it dries. The final coat of wax that you chose to put on is typically the only thing that needs to haze over before you wipe it clean.

    Correct me if I am wrong.

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    THe answer to question is based on what type of finish you are after.

    On the finish on my dash peice i was able to match the finish so closely that even a cougar owner couldn't tell that i painted.

    Altimat is the man around here... you should see some stuff he does... all high quality proffesional fabrication, Listen to what he says.

    Now about sanding the clearcoat. In my finish which was a flat finish (i used a clear flat) It was necessary to wetsand with 1000 grit very lightly and re spray the clear one final coat and the really really lightly sand the clear again with 1000 grit.

    It may not be the right way but it worked. It took me at least 10 trys with the paint to match the color and the finish but i am really proud of what i have in the car now.
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    Here's what I did.



    Wetsanded with 600,800,1000 (might be overkill but worked for me)

    Then I buffed the whole thing with 3m final polish.
    Then with Menzerna Intensive Polish and the finished up with Menzerna Final Polish II. You could probably skip the 3m or the Intensive Polish as they are somewhat similar. The intensive is a little finer.





    Here's the punchline. So my dash is pretty shiny, not a problem at all unless it's high noon (sometimes), and then sunglasses make it a non-issue.

    But just in case I get a dashmat. I find one for cheap (used) on ebay. I don't know if it's a chemical used in making the mat (maybe a fire retardant) or something the owner cleaned it with, but it screwed up the clear after a month. It made it gooey so now I have a slightly fuzzy dash waiting to be repainted. It did firm up again but peeling the mat off left fibers in it.

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    i heard somewhere - to do with exterior painting anyway - that you shouldnt wax the surface in the first ## months. Allows the paint to breathe properly whilst curing or something like that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shotgunefx
    Here's what I did.......... so now I have a slightly fuzzy dash waiting to be repainted. It did firm up again but peeling the mat off left fibers in it.
    aw man, that sucks... it came out mint..... now to take it all back apart to redo it... owch!....

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    Quote Originally Posted by turbocad6
    aw man, that sucks... it came out mint..... now to take it all back apart to redo it... owch!....
    Yeah it does. I did it at least 5 times trying to get it perfect too. For months I just had my gauges ziptied to my steering column with an afghan over.


    With a gun and decent compressor, I imagine it will take a lot less finishing.

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