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Color sanding and Buffing questions.

I am about to spray my first project (a '53 Ford f-100) and have a few questions about color sanding and buffing. I ordered the "Paint-u-cation" VHS tapes for spraying as well as color sanding but neither have arrived yet.
My main question is what to do in the areas that you can not get a the buffer into or onto safely without burning an edge, such as the window pillars, drip moldings, and various nooks and crannies. Should these areas be wet sanded down with the rest of the panels? If so, can these areas be polished and buffed by hand after sanding to bring their shine back to match the other panels that will be completed using a powered buffer. Would I use the same polish by hand as I would with the buffer?
If you recommend just leaving these areas as they are after spraying (i.e. no sanding at all and probably some noticeable orange peel) how can I blend them into the areas that will be sanded and buffed?

Thanks for your help.

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Basically any area that can be sanded can also be buffed or rubbed out by hand. A 3" air buffer works well in some areas, others will need to be rubbed out by hand. Final sanding with grits as fine as 2500 or 3000 will make the job much easier. You can use the same compounds for hand rubbing. If at all possible your best bet is to get the paint on right to eliminate the need for buffing these tight areas.
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