Need help - power color sanding
I'm a little embarassed to post this, but I need a little advice.
I'm painting a car. Happens to be an 02 Chrysler Sebring convertible. I've spent the last few months on the bodywork and prep. I'm painting it in single stage black, with the plan to follow it with clear .
It's in black now. I painted it my driveway and there's a bit of orange peel, some bugs, dust, imperfections, etc. I'm sanding out with 600 prior to clearing. I'm about halfway done.
I'm 45 and have a previous minor shoulder injury. Lucky for me, over the last few days, the sanding has started to irritate it. I thought I'd be done with the first sanding and starting the clear over labor day weekend - and I should have been, but with the shoulder pain, I can't get in more than an hour of sanding at a time without long rests in between. Tried to push myself and made it worse.
I'm hand sanding. I had planned to sand the car down, put on a couple of coats of clear. Sand it again, do the final clearing, then color sand it and buff. Suddenly, I went from maybe finishing this up in a few more weeks with plenty of drive time before the weather turns, to possibly not being able to get it done before winter at the rate I'm going.
Maybe a few days rest and some aspirin will get me through, but I'm looking for another solution in case that doesn't work out.
I've always sanded by hand for everything after the initial bodywork. It takes a bit longer, but I've always liked the control. I'm just a home hobbyist, so I do a car maybe every 5-10 years - it's never been worth it for me to trade the risks of power sanding and the expense for the tools for a little extra speed, and I've always had good results by hand.
So what I need to know is what options I have to make these several bouts of sanding I'm looking forward to a little easier on my shoulder, even if it's just a partial solution - like away from the body lines.