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Cut, polish and paint correction thread


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Instead of clogging up the other threads with my questions, thought I’d make a thread.

Getting ready to cut and polish the hood and was watching some YT videos.

This guys seems to know his shit and uses 2000 grit, then 3000 on a DA. Got me thinking. Does it have to be a DA?

Correct me if I’m wrong but I think of DA as being the most aggressive, then rotary, then random orbital. I could be wrong. I’ve got an old DA, but I’ve also got this:


Would this work ok?
A da sander won't heat or clot the paper. They're cheap at hf. You'll probably spend the same money for the trizak pad.
Doing some polishing of paint that I sprayed 6-9 months ago or more. Maybe even a year ago. Unfortunately, I feel like I’m seeing a few areas where the slight orangish tint of the sealer is showing through. It’s not super noticeable and can only be seen in certain light but bugs the shit out of me. 😡

The cars always been in the garage where lighting isn’t bad but it’s not like being outside on a sunny day. Again I suspect it comes down to inconsistent overlap in my passes with the gun.

Very aggravating.


Edit, not sure that it shows up in that picture.
Wet sanded the clear on 1/2 the hood and did a quick polish to see how it looks.
I did 1000, then a quick sand with 1500 and 2000.
Then 3m rubbing compound on a wool pad on a rotary sander/polisher and then Meguir’s 82 “swirl free polish” on a foam pad using a HF “Bauer” polisher.
Not sure there isn’t a better combo, but it’s what I have on hand.

Going back and looking really closely I can see scratches so might need a little more sanding. I have to keep reminding myself that it was never intended to be a show car.
Looking at reflections in the finish as you move your head you can see mild irregularity in the reflection but not too bad. I guess I was hoping for a mirror and it’s not quite that.

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Thanks gents. I’m getting so anxious to get it back on the road. It’s been too long.
Put the wiper transmission on today and the cowl vent. Just putting painted parts back on is so satisfying.
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