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Post by Wigglesdabum on May 23rd 2012, 8:04 pm

Hey so I am on the last coat of my paint job. Well its not really as good as some of the pictures I have seen on the internet but it is good enough for me. When I applied the last coat it shined really good and I wanted it to stay like that. If I just leave it alone and wax it, will it keep the same gloss from the final coat?

I tried buffing it with a buffer and it made it really cloudy, but still smooth. Does buffing it only bring out the real good shine once you apply the polish?
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Post by cac1967 on May 23rd 2012, 9:24 pm

you really need to let the paint gas off, or dry for about 2 week's then buff, it will cloud up because the paint is not dry enough , just wait a couple week's and use a good compound such as meguire's 105 or 205.
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Post by retired plumber on May 23rd 2012, 10:07 pm

Also cloudyness is also caused by minute scratches in the paint surface. Buffing compounds come in different grits kind of like sandpaper. You start with an agressive one and go finer from there. You can give it a mirror shine.
cac1967 is also right about waiting untill the paint is totally dry before buffing. Your paint will continue to gas off for 1-2 months which will not affect your buff job (shouldn't) but you can't wax it untill the gassing stops because the wax will stop that action and also make your new paint cloudy.
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Post by Wigglesdabum on May 23rd 2012, 11:17 pm

Thanks for the quick responses and good info. Well I tried using Meguirs ultimate compound and that's what made it cloudy or at least my bad buffing.

Ok I will wait for the paint to gas out before waxing. Does the buffing alone bring shine? I know you said that it comes in grits but I should have seen some shine correct? That paint had been sitting for a couple weeks.
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Post by retired plumber on May 23rd 2012, 11:45 pm

I'm not familiar with ultimate but a good final compound is what you will eventually need. What grit did you do your color sand with? Buffing is an art and has a learning curve but it's not to bad. Are you sure you got all the compound off the car? did it go dry on you while buffing? If so you can spritz a touch of water from a spray bottle to take care of that. When it dries it will leave small clumps of compound that will also scratch the paint.
There are several good threads here about buffing and compounds. The search feature will find them for you. Good luck and yes, you can make it shine.
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Post by Wigglesdabum on May 24th 2012, 4:53 pm

I wet sanded with only 1000 because this is an older truck and I am not to worried about making it a show room shine.

The final coat I put on looks really shiny before wetsanding even though it does have some orange peel. If I decided that the final coat how it is is good enough , after letting it sit to gas out, could I wax it and keep that same shine?
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Post by retired plumber on May 24th 2012, 8:14 pm

Sure. If you are happy with it, leave it alone. You can go ahead and wash it all you want, just don't wax for a couple of months.
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Post by Wigglesdabum on May 25th 2012, 3:40 pm

Well I am really debating just leaving it like it is but I am not totally sure. I have been working on the small things like the tires and the under carriage while I wait for the pain to gas out and It is starting to grow on me like it is. If I wax it right now will it come out more glossy? I know that might seem a stupid question but part of me thinks it wont get more glossy than it is now. I need to take a picture for yall, I will work on that.
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Post by cac1967 on May 25th 2012, 10:46 pm

Leave the paint as is for a couple weeks before waxing, don't get to anxious to wax it now , patience is the key at this point. thumbs up
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Post by Wigglesdabum on May 26th 2012, 1:24 am

No I am absolutely not waxing it now. I am waiting for sure. I was just curious if I would get a better shine when it all gasses out and I actually do wax it with the DA
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Post by cac1967 on May 26th 2012, 6:15 pm

Great!! I would do a meguire's ultimate polish and then wax with pure carnuba wax like meguire's, I'm partial to meguire's product's so I may be biased on that!!! thumbs up
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