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Old 08-09-2004, 05:25 PM
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Glazing, Polishing, Compounding After New Paint! Help!

Pleas read, very confused and looking for insight.


Alright, i had my car painted and ready by July 1st. Its a dark mettalic teal.

When i recieved it, it looked magnificant! Super smooth and glossy wet. I was amazed!

Now that a month and some weeks have past, it looks like ***.
I dont wanna tell my painter, because he takes pride in his work. But since the glaze wore off, i see buffing swirls, sand paper scratches, water spots, and water spot etching.. I see little imperfections ALL over the hood and trunk lid. The sides of the car are still very smooth and no imperfections anywhere..

Its the hood and trunk that are annoying me.

The paint he used was sherwin williams lower quality paint system. I only paid liek 190 for the whole kit (+fedex discount). And paid him $600 to paint it and body work.

He used a glaze on the paint to protect it from the weather (3M) and thats what gave it such a gloss when i got it.. Then i found out glazes wear off easily, so thats what happened.. Wore off and exposed the clear and paint to the elements, thus ruining it while it was curing.

So now i need to know what i can do. Ive been reading around here about wet sanding, compounding, glazing, waxing, etc. But i dont know if i should go that route or not. Whats bothering me, is the water spot etching. I need help! I want my car looking like it did when i first got it. He painted it backyard style, fyi.

Heres a picture of it 2 weeks after getting it back..

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Old 08-09-2004, 06:38 PM
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I hate to discourage you, but what did you expect with a $800 paint/body work job?

Sure you can wet sand/buff and polish, but that all depends on how thick the clear coat is.

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i think he said he put 1 coat of clear on(i frowned on this) (whatever can cover with a gallon) and an extra coat of clear on certain panels because there was silicone contamination on some panels..


i guess im just learning my lesson... ehh.
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One coat is just not going to cut it. With a gallon he should have been able to do 2 or 3 coats. 3 coats is what most people use from what I have seen. With only one coat, you dont have near enough material to sand and buff.

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Ditto on how much a gallon will do. Chances are he has on more than one coat if he used the whole gallon. There should be three of four with some sanded and buffed off. What would scare me is the fact he added more in areas because of silicone contamination. Two things that do not mix is silicone and paint. If the paint flashed over the silicone and he added more clear to bury it you are asking for trouble on down the road possibly with delamination. Where did the silicone contamination come from?

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back when i was younger, i used wd40 on the car for a cheap shine... i know, i know...

so since i have only 1 coat of clear, and no room to work with.. what do i do?
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Get a bottle of 3M glaze and good wax. Just keep it glazed and waxed and you should be able to keep it looking good. Your trade-off is low $$ for elbow grease.
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back when i was younger, i used wd40 on the car for a cheap shine... i know, i know...

so since i have only 1 coat of clear, and no room to work with.. what do i do?
I didn't think WD40 had silicone in it, does it?

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yea, it ****ed my **** up.. baddddd...
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We used Rod & Custom Show Gloss Creme to help restore our paint on our vehicle. It did a fantastic job and highly recommend it to others. It brings out a luster and depth to the color and shine and leaves the car with an "ultra wet" shine. Again, highly recommend Rod & Custom over any other product. I rate it A+++++++++++++++ !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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