Wet Sanding Clear Coat

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  1. Grant 302

    Grant 302 OPM Spent: $587,402 Moderator

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    I wanted to remove some of the OEM peel and surface scratches and etching near the area that I removed some of the 302R graphics before I put the new set on.

    Light pass with 1500 and a 3M rubber pad to knock down and 'see' highest spots:
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    Smoothed with 2000 and a foam detail block:
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    After polishing with Meguiar's 83 (D/A Cleaner Polish =6 on cut scale) followed by 80 (like 205 =4 on Meguiar's 'cut' scale) with a D/A and foam pad:
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    Reflection in un-touched door panel:
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    Reflection after wet sand and polish:
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    Disclaimer:
    I don't mean for this to be a how-to thread! Don't do this at home unless you have at least some experience and a good level of comfort working with paint!

    Some tips in case you want to try it anyway:
    Keep everything extremely clean and well lubricated with water when wet sanding. I use distilled water in a spray bottle and never get the sandpaper to clog.
    Wet the sandpaper before and/or 'knock it down' a bit by rubbing abrasive side against itself.
    Tape edges and corners so you don't accidentally burn through the clear. I didn't above, but wanted to 'feather' to the edges.
    Don't ever do this kind of work on a windy or dry, dusty day. Trust me, not worth it.
     
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    Nice work. It’s nice that modern clear coats are very durable and able to be cleaned up.
     
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    TymeSlayer Tramps like us, Baby we were born to run...

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    Grant,
    You went where Angels fear to tread. Good job brother.
     
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    Thanks, guys!:)

    Agreed. Spots/scratches I've had to clean up over the years have held up pretty well. Now I need to find time to do the rest of the car!

    Honestly, most of the fear was set aside after I saw a Kona Blue GT500 that was done. I thought is was a good re-spray until I talked to the owner.
     
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    Awesome work, Grant.
     
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