Detailing Proper Wet Sanding Job

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  1. gbb14 Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Hi guys,

    I will test my abilities :gotcha: to wetsand a portion of my car (like the tailgate for example).
    Seeing it is a 15 year old car and it's never been polished/sanded, it's clear coat has scratches and swirls.
    I will try to do this on a portion of my car.

    Steps :
    1) presoak the sanpaper sheets for 1h, put them on a block and start wetsanding :
    2) wetsand with 1000 grit (left right motions), then 2000 (up down), 3000 (left right)
    3) cut the clear coat with meguiars 105 and a yellow hexlogic foam pad
    4) polish with autoglym super resin polish using a fine foam pad/microfibre
    5) wax.

    I will take pictures of it.

    Any thoughts ?

    Cheers :fingerscrossed:
     
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  2. Nels Moderator Staff Team

    Whilst I've not seen the condition of the clear coat, have you tried any cutting compound first?

    It will be very easy to go through the cc with those abrasives. I would recommend starting with the mildest and work my way up.
     
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  3. kazh72 Premium Member Club Supporter

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    Agree with @Nels start with the mildest first. I did something similar and this approach worked well.


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  4. gbb14 Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Yes I tried with ultimate compound and after with 105. with a bit of effort , I still have scratches and swirls
     
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  5. Nels Moderator Staff Team

    Let us know how you get on.
     
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  6. gbb14 Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    raining and sun at the same time...well I will stay indoors for a while... :Smile: ab700d1eb4f3bebaa1758ab0b8330a69.

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  7. andy83 Club Veteran ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    mate are you working compound by hand or with a DA...
     
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  8. gbb14 Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    for the moment a simple drill, at 1200rpm, with a hexlogic yellow pad and meguiars 105
     
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  10. gbb14 Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    A rubber backing plate with hook and loop.
    I know it's not a dual action polisher but hey, it's a good setup.
    :Innocent:
     
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  12. gbb14 Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Thanks Andy, I watched a lot of videos on how to do this properly.
    After polishing the entire car, I realised I should've wetsanded before.
    Not with 1000... but I will try with 2000 grit today on a small portion, if that gives the results I want, then that should do it for the rest of the car.
    I am waiting for those good old sunny days :Smile:

    Looking forward to fix some dents and deep scratches. I have some putty and a 400ml spray paint (done with car colour code ~10£). <= this will be a hard job, as I know for sure that I will need to sand the dents, apply putty, sand again, primer, paint and clear coat ... but this is another story for the near future :Smile:
     
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  13. andy83 Club Veteran ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    mate do you only have G105 in your kit for compound...
     
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  14. gbb14 Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    I think you meant M105, which I do have.
    Nope, I do have the Ultimate Compound, but it's less abrasive.
    And an Autoglym Super resin polish.

    I will leave this Gold nugget here :Smile: :

    http://i.imgur.com/w9h02xu.jpg

    and this Silver Nugget here , haha

     
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    mate correct if you have done a 1000 grit wet sand might need to look at other compounds, but have to be careful of not go though the clear coat, I am sorry to go on just know its not classed as hard paint more on lines of soft if i'm correct...
     
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    mate I will try looking up g3 products and a few others, good chart..
     
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  18. gbb14 Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Have you tried those products ?
    They surely are cheaper than Meguiars.
     
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    mate had some g3 compound in past how wet is panel when sanding, just been looking up g3 products and it says can removed sanding marks from 1500 and finer ....
     
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  20. gbb14 Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    looks like the weather is nice, I will try to give it a shot as soon as I get home :Smile: cheers
     
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