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Re: 2000 cavalier

Post by zoelife on July 23rd 2009, 11:46 pm

fml i got 600 sand paper ill wet sand till my arm falls off tonight, but how do you know when your done wet sanding wont the paint be dull?
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Post by RoboGeek on July 24th 2009, 9:13 am

yeah - it should be a perfectly flat, even look..

get some beer, invite some friends and give them all a sanding block!
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Post by zoelife on July 24th 2009, 5:22 pm

lol that is a bad idea, my friends would grab a rock and start sanding x.x
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Post by sinformant on August 3rd 2009, 2:39 am

Glad to see your project going well, can't wait to see finished pictures after you get it all buffed and to a nice shine. i saw your post on the j-body forums and went here hoping to see more progress. sometimes those forums just piss me off. they praise people for painting a valve cover or buying a new shift knob but when someone takes on a lager scale more difficult project they are all assholes about it.
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Post by RoboGeek on August 3rd 2009, 6:21 pm

JBO peeps can be harsh - when we were figuring out how to flash ECM and PCM's you should have heard the insults.

Now JBO has a section devoted to tuning with the software they said we would never be able to create! lol
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Post by zoelife on August 7th 2009, 5:54 pm

freaking hell

ok so i wet sanded the car well at least one side and im showing primer and there is still orange peel in the paint! or at least i think its orange peel... it could be the gloss but how can i know? i've stoped progress on my car untill i can figure out how to wet sand with out bringing the primer back out because now its all patchy looking in areas... ill show pictures in a bit
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Post by RoboGeek on August 7th 2009, 8:39 pm

thats normal - I hit primer many times wet sanding. I know many say 6-8 coats and your done, but there was no way I was even close by then. I went through 2 packs of contractor rollers that have 12 in them, and a pack of the 6"

I used 400 grit to kill the orange peel until I got to the last coats, where I put them on super thin with the 6" rollers

You need to get paint on deep enough to be able to sand out the orange peel, and enough for buffing. Once you do that its just sweat equity buffing and waxing.
Too thick and it won't dry fast enough

Build up the paint, sand it smooth and buff it and it will look good. You have to trust it will work. Ignore the haters.. the pics here are proof. None of these are photoshopped or anything - the paint really can look this good
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Post by zoelife on August 13th 2009, 8:55 pm





this is what my driver side looks like atm
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Post by retired plumber on August 21st 2009, 12:44 am

The 400 grit will cut a lot faster than the others. I usually do an initial cut with 800 grit and take it down to almost smooth and finish with 1200-1500(which ever I have) and then put on more paint. This takes time but that is the trade off for not paying $$$$ for someone else to do the job.
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Post by RoboGeek on August 23rd 2009, 8:22 pm

funny how we have all developed our own methods, and they all work!

Just goes to show this is a pretty foolproof method of painting. However you get there, its the final sanding and rubbing that counts. A perfectly smooth surface really doesn't care how it was applied!! lol
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Post by sinformant on September 12th 2009, 6:43 pm

updates?????
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Re: 2000 cavalier

Post by mazdawg78 on November 28th 2009, 5:46 pm

RoboGeek wrote:JBO peeps can be harsh - when we were figuring out how to flash ECM and PCM's you should have heard the insults.

Now JBO has a section devoted to tuning with the software they said we would never be able to create! lol
i used to be on jbo way way back. they were a$$holes then

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