Need help - power color sanding - Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board -- Hot Rod Forum

Register FAQ Search Today's Posts Unanswered Posts Auto Escrow Insurance Auto Loans
Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board > Tech Help> Body - Exterior
User Name
lost password?   |   register now

LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 09-05-2012, 06:34 PM
ckucia's Avatar
Last photo:
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: cleveland
Age: 49
Posts: 565
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
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.

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 09-06-2012, 12:13 PM
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: north florida
Age: 79
Posts: 1,379
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 6
Thanked 29 Times in 26 Posts
Sanding SS.........

Hi,i have shoulder problems also,what i do,is,i use a jitterbug,with 600 grip wet paper,and have a hose running,to keep it works out pretty good,IF,you have enough SS on the car.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 09-06-2012, 12:56 PM
62galaxiguy's Avatar
Last photo:
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: jackson nj
Age: 65
Posts: 191
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
you should have used single stage

painted my 62 ford galaxie the original wimbleton white 3 coats no clear .I waited a year due tobusiness travel personal issues.i wet sanded with 1500 mirka abralon discs on a 6 " astro pneumatic fine finish d/a sander.Keep the da running at half speed and mist the surface or pad with water .It came out great.Hand sanding wet is labor INTENSIVE!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 09-07-2012, 08:56 AM
cyclopsblown34's Avatar
Colorsanding painter
Last photo:
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Russellville, Missouri
Age: 50
Posts: 990
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 102
Thanked 10 Times in 7 Posts
I'm to the contrary, I like to hand sand wet with abrasive grit that just cuts to the bottom of the peel in a couple of passes, stop there and then step to the next finer. Then I might skip to the pneumatic jitterbug with 1500 and then 3000 grit.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 09-07-2012, 09:01 AM
ckucia's Avatar
Last photo:
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: cleveland
Age: 49
Posts: 565
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanks guys. I picked up a cheapo jitterbug knockoff at HF. Going to give it a try this weekend to see how it goes. If I like it, I'll probably invest in a better quality one.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Recent Body - Exterior posts with photos

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name (usually not your first and last name), your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:
Please select your insurance company (Optional)


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
minor ? - wet sanding vs color sanding cboy Body - Exterior 33 10-06-2012 06:35 AM
Color Sanding CaperII Body - Exterior 3 06-20-2008 05:28 PM
Color Sanding dennyg Body - Exterior 4 07-08-2006 04:01 PM
How to for color sanding?? rrmccabe Body - Exterior 7 07-17-2005 02:28 PM
Color Sanding jcclark Body - Exterior 9 03-15-2005 08:21 PM

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:45 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright 1999 - 2012. All Rights Reserved.