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. I added two more items/
I did this to my car and it looks a lot
better when I was done
1. I started my color sanding with 600 grit then follow all
the other steps .
2. Two drops of dish soap . What's that for if you have
hard water this will help soften the
water keep your hand from drying out..
Find an auto body supply house. Make friends. Open an account if you can -
some shops will give you a discount.
#2000 & #2500 paper. (I prefer to spend more time and paper sanding,)
rather than risking going thru the clear.) Buy an entire pack of paper of
each grit, or even two. It's cheaper, and you're going to go thru it faster
than you think. Single sheets of #2000 are ~85 cents, a pack of 50 is $23.
Do the math.
a clean 3 to 5 gallon plastic bucket
foam sanding blocks; get one of the ones that has one side with holes
and one solid side. Also get one of the ones with a firm side and a soft
side. Don't use the big hard rubber blocks!
3M polishing compound (perfect-it III)
3M machine glazing compound
foam polishing pads
foam glazing pads
lots of clean terry towels that you can ruin
Borrow, buy, or beg an electric polisher.
Get a clean source of running water, ie garden hose that's been cleaned
with a rag. You don't' want dirt on the nozzle or running out of the hose.
Don't buy any of this stuff at Kragen/Pep Boys/Checker, etc. Well, maybe
You should be buying 3m or Meguiars. They're spendy, but worth it.
Start with the #2000 Take several of the sheets and cut them to fit the
sanding block. Use the paper cutter at the office - works great for this! Soak
them in clean water in your bucket. Add a few drops of dish soap to the water.
Now, down to bidnez: Go wash your hands. Put on clean, cotton, non-scratching
clothes. Wash the areas to be sanded. Get anal-retentive. Ok, *now* down to
bidnez. Take a piece of paper and wrap it around the block. Using the "holey"
block, and the holey side of the paper, start sanding. There are different
schools of thought here, but some body guys suggest using straight, with
successive passes at 90 degrees. This breaks down any ridges built up. Then the
polisher would break those down. Sand until the orange peel appears to be gone.
To check, wipe it clean with a CLEAN terry towel that I should have said to buy
above. As it dries, look against the light; orange peel will appear as "shiny"
divots in the surface. You gotta get real close. You won't see the orange peel
until the surface dries. Keep sanding until the surface is entirely flat, and
you have no dots/divots. If it's *really*, *really* bad, you can start with
#1500. I've started with heavier than that and regretted it! Keep the sanding
sludge rinsed off. Eastwood sells a cool suction-cup watering thing, but if this
is a one-time deal, it's drolly not worth it. Once you have all the orange peel
out with #2000, go over it will #2500. Now you're trying to get any scratches
from the #2000 out with the #2500. Sending the spider to catch the fly. You're
done when you have a dull shine from the sandpaper alone. Keep stroking, you
*will* get there. Start with a small area, say 1' square. Don't wander about the
car picking at spots, it will bite you later. Don't get stingy with the
sandpaper - it's false economy. It takes more effort to try and eek more life
out of worn paper, than it does to use new paper. Paper is cheep - your labor
isn't. You can get 3 "sides" out of a sheet of paper - it will be obvious once
you see how to wrap the paper on the block. Keep everything really wet. Really,
really wet. Every time you get some sanding effluent built up, rinse it off.
Dunk the block and paper in the bucket every now and then and "swish" the slurry
off. Every hour or so, change the water in the bucket. * Polishing. Now the fun
part. Wash all the sanding debris off, and let dry. Hook up the polisher with
the polishing pad, and a swirl of polishing compound on the pad. Set the pad on
the surface - don't fire it up yet! - and squish the compound over a 2' square
area or so. If you don't, you'll sling it all over the place. Start the polisher
slow - get an adjustable-speed one, and choke down the speed at first. Your
greatest danger here is "burning" the surface by catching an edge or pressing
too hard. Slowly work the compound around, using light pressure and low speed.
As the compound starts to "sink in" (it's not really), you can up the speed. As
it dries, you'll start seeing the shine come thru. Be patient! Don't trade
pressure for time, it don't work like that! You will probably need to repeat
this step two or three times, depending on the condition of the starting finish,
and how well you sanded it. You're done when you have a kick-ass gloss with just
the compound. When the entire car was been worked up thru compounding, then you
can use the glaze. The car should be awful bright by that time, and some people
are so happy by this point, they skip the glaze. I know I have. The glaze is the
icing on the cake. For a p-car, I wouldn't skip it. "What if I'm afraid to do
this on my car?" Then either practice on the minivan, or go to the junkyard and
get an old fender with good paint. Older VW paint is *excellent* for this as the
paint was really thick and durable. Get a solid-colored piece, similar in color
(light or dark) to your subject car.