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Old 02-20-2013, 07:15 PM
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Originally Posted by benchracer1 View Post
actually I was a bit inaccurate in my post. I was going to go 1000, 1500 and then 2000. I have been using a harbor freight polisher for the last several years. I am finding it to be heavy and a bit awkward. Does anybody make a lighter unit? I also have several areas that are difficult to get at with a power buffer. Is it possible to do a satisfactory job by hand in these areas?
I have cheap polisher but would recommend a DeWalt (what I use at work) it runs much smoother and is a little bit lighter. For smaller/tight areas I use 3" polisher from Harbor Freight, works great.

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I went ahead with color sanding. I did 1000, 1500, 2000. I then took a wool pad and used meguiars 85 followed by a foam pad with meguiars 83. This was recomemnde to me by a meguiars rep. It came out pretty damn good. I can however see some light sanding scratches under the flourescent shop light. Is there another step that can get rid of this? Im looking forward to the day when I can spray a coat of paint and just buff it and move on. I feel that I spend as much time cleaning up the paint job as I do prepping for it LOL
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Your last comment is not uncommon. It will feel as though you are spending as much time cleaning up the paint job as it took to prep it. Then, just when you get better, you start spending more time prepping the paint job to get it straighter and to give you that better substrate so you can lay that beautiful, flawless paint job on it. After that you still cut and polish it. It's called the pursuit of perfection and not to worry, that's one difference between a painter and an applicator.

The light sanding scratches may be from not spending enough time using the finer grits. What the idea is when you move from one grit to a finer grit is to remove the previous grits sand scratches. Make sure your paper and surface is clean as well, any little piece of junk will just get rubbed into the paint and look like sand scratches. Also, keep your water clean and I like to use warm water, it cuts better and helps clean your surface and paper. For now, if you want to get rid of the scratches that you see, follow the steps that I've just outlined with fine paper over the area that has the scratches and run the polisher over it again. The do come out eventually.

I hope this helps.

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Ill let you know how it works....Steve
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