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I'm getting ready to spruce up my 54 chevy sedan which has been sitting in a barn for the last 10 years. I believe the paint to be original...black with a white top. It's in fair condition with some cracking here and there. I just want to restore a little luster to it and make respectable until I can afford to repaint it. what is the best way to handle this? Would you hit it with some very fine sandpaper first and then buff it? Thanks

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If there is any surface rust I've heard CLR and scotchbrite work well. From there if the paint is thick enough you could polish with compound or even wetsand then polish. Just depends what you are after.

Can you post a picture or two?
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If it is cracking Hairline the paint ib probably Laquer not enamel ,it will buff to Like New condition Donot sand it ,if you are not experianced in Laquer paint pay a pro at a clean up shop ,you will be money ahead.to many chemecials including gasoline will attack it in modern cleaners and waxes do not use buffing compound ,Use Polishing compound ,If it were me i would do it by hand and terrycloth towels
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Grab a buffer, some compound and have @ it.
Old lacquers buf up great.
What ya got to lose?
Ya said your going to repaint it down the road anyway.
The Patina look is in, if ya buff thru in a few places, no big deal.
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If you sand use at least a 2000 or finer grit paper like maybe a 2500 or 3000 paper just to get past any oxidation then buff it out. this is called a cut and buff in the used car trade. use a fine finish compound to buff with then wax it..

I have tried most all of it and now do what is known to work..
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It's been a long time ago, but my '54 with original paint (blue/white) was so oxidized that my efforts to polish it up resulted in the paint coming off, leaving me with red oxide primer. Hope you have better luck.
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