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Re: 2001 Mitsubishi Mirage

Post by snafu on September 18th 2013, 12:47 pm

IMO, you've done enough sanding. You could always polish a small section to get a preview of how it will turn out. If its not flat enough, you could go back and sand some more, but I think the surface you have will look great after buffing and polishing.
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Re: 2001 Mitsubishi Mirage

Post by 88k5jimmy on September 23rd 2013, 10:18 pm

Finished coat #11, which went on really smoothe I think because of the coler temps.  It was 70 degrees and 44% humidity in the garage.  I also think my previous wet sanding was able to let the paint lay down really flat.  12th coat will go on in a couple days and then I'll probably wait a week for it to harden and wetsand.  On to shopping for buffing/polishing supplies.










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Re: 2001 Mitsubishi Mirage

Post by Tommy Hillbilly on September 25th 2013, 12:56 am

Lookin' good!thumbs up 
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Re: 2001 Mitsubishi Mirage

Post by 88k5jimmy on September 26th 2013, 8:04 pm

12th coat is complete.  Wait time will be at least a week before I start wet sanding.





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Re: 2001 Mitsubishi Mirage

Post by kdiddy on September 27th 2013, 12:10 am

Heck, you could leave it as is and it would be as good or better than a lot of the factory paint I see sometimes.
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Re: 2001 Mitsubishi Mirage

Post by 88k5jimmy on October 12th 2013, 9:09 pm

Final wet sanding is done.  I know I spent a lot of time on the final wet sand and I would say the hours were in the teens but not quite sure the exact amount.  I test spot buffed part of the fender and if that is any indication of how the rest of the car will look, I'll be very pleased.






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Re: 2001 Mitsubishi Mirage

Post by 88k5jimmy on October 13th 2013, 11:32 am

Tried DA compounding and something is going wrong.  I am doing the same process this video used and this website:


http://www.detailedimage.com/Ask-a-Pro/polishing-how-to-with-meguiars-m105-m205/

This is what I am using:

Harbor Freight variable DA on setting 5 (second from highest)
Meguiars 105 copmound
Meguiars W7207 foam cutting pad
Heavy pressure on the DA

On the first sectin of hood, everything went great:


So I went to another portion of the hood using the same technique and things started turning out horrible.  See how it compounds and then hazes the paint over in certain areas:


I even tried hand compounding to see if I could remove some of the hazing and got this result after trying to buff off:


Couple things I did notice is the backside of the foam pad was really warm, almost hot to the touch.  There was a lot of paint buildup on the foam pad but that may be normal, not sure in this particular instance.  It's almost like the 105 is flashing fast, like the stated in the website but it's flashing so fast I can't even make two-three passes before it flashes and hazes over, if indeed the hazing is it flashing.

What are your guys thoughts?  I have removed the foam pad and cleaned it by hand.  If I only get a small section compounded before I have to clean it, this is going to take forever, longer than wetsanding..
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Re: 2001 Mitsubishi Mirage

Post by Samilcar on October 13th 2013, 12:53 pm

The compound is flashing (drying) too fast. Use the pad priming technique here: http://www.detailedimage.com/Ask-a-Pro/polishing-how-to-with-meguiars-m105-m205/

Also, don't use the fast application technique shown in that video you posted. Just prime the pad, apply a little bit more compound on top of the primed pad, and then start with slow speed, heavy pressure compounding.
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Post by Samilcar on October 13th 2013, 12:55 pm

Also, the pad getting hot is normal, the heat actually helps the abrasive polish better.
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Re: 2001 Mitsubishi Mirage

Post by 88k5jimmy on October 26th 2013, 12:30 pm

Alright, compunding with the 105 on a Meguiar's 7207 cutting pad on the slowest speed, hard pressure, then going right back over the compunded area with no pressure and the pad just spinning taking off the excess 105 did the trick.  Then wiped the rest of the 105 off wth a microfiber.  The paint polished out and brightened right up.  I also used the same process with the 205 on a Meguiar's 8207 polishing pad with moderate pressure.

I plan on using the same DA for final wax.  What speed and pressures do you guys recommend for the final wax stage?

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Re: 2001 Mitsubishi Mirage

Post by Tommy Hillbilly on November 11th 2013, 4:21 pm

That looks awesome!
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Re: 2001 Mitsubishi Mirage

Post by 88k5jimmy on November 12th 2013, 9:53 pm

I ended up polishing on speeds 3-4 with light pressure on the finishing pad and Meguiar's carnuba wax.  Reassembled all the trim, added a Honda civic front lip and sprayed the side marker turn signals in the front fenders orange.  Also, sprayed the mirrors and windshield squirters with some black Rusto spray bumper and trim paint.









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Re: 2001 Mitsubishi Mirage

Post by vervepipes on November 13th 2013, 12:17 pm

Good, job, pat yourself on the back!
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Re: 2001 Mitsubishi Mirage

Post by 88k5jimmy on November 13th 2013, 9:44 pm

I forgot to mention in my previous post I would like to thank Samilcar, 63Falconconvert, rmdhokie, cac1967 and anybody else that has given me insight and help in all my pre-project thread and during the entire process. I really appreciate it. People are amazed at what it looks like and wouldn't believe that I rolled it on unless they personally know me.
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Re: 2001 Mitsubishi Mirage

Post by rick howe on November 14th 2013, 10:56 am

Gotta say looks great nice job
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Re: 2001 Mitsubishi Mirage

Post by T.Hadley on November 17th 2013, 6:37 pm

very good work...
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Re: 2001 Mitsubishi Mirage

Post by rmdhokie on November 27th 2013, 7:57 am

Another VERY successful project. Turned out great!
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Re: 2001 Mitsubishi Mirage

Post by SilentCool on January 16th 2014, 4:10 am

Nice project!
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