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Post by jvandyke on August 28th 2011, 8:42 am

On the projects page I asked this too. I've got 7 coats on. I think that's enough. Are you supposed to leave the last coat untouched for a week+, then sand back down and polish back up? Like all the way back to 800 or 1000, knock it flat and then try to get a shine on it? I might just reassemble the car in the mean time, is that really stupid? Yes it'd make a bit more work but I need the car on the road.
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Post by retired plumber on August 28th 2011, 6:14 pm

DON'T go back to 800 or 1000. 1500 is the very roughest you should go. Any rougher that that and you will leave scratches that can be seen. On the flip side, the higher up you go in grit (2000 or better) the less buffing you will need to do for your shine.
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Post by jvandyke on August 28th 2011, 7:06 pm

okay thanks, I'll start with 2000, paint has been sitting for almost 24 hours, I was thinking maybe start in on it Wednesday (7th coat was done on Sat. night). 80 degree temps and low humidity, I rolled it into the sun today too, baking it on I suppose.
Will go at it with 2000 then some sort of compound and my buffer, there is some orange peel here and there that I might go a bit grittier for a while, maybe even 600 just to knock it down, then back to 2000 and so.
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Post by cac1967 on August 28th 2011, 9:43 pm

Mike is right on the money,2000 is the way to go ,I've had great luck with meguier's ultimate product's compound and polish!!!!! thumbs up
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Post by jvandyke on August 29th 2011, 11:18 pm

I used 1000 to knock the peel down, then 2000 then Mequier's swirl compound. I got a good shine but I have long way to go, at least I know the process now.
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