Originally Posted by ricksautorestoration
Just painted a car with urethane acrylic and when i shot the clear i got major orange peel. I have lots of clear on it so i'm going to try to wet sand and buff it. Should i start with about a 1000 grit then move up? After wet sanding can i just apply a polish or do i need to go over it with some compound first? Can anyone suggest a few good makes of polish that are easy to find in most stores. Thanks a lot for the help.
Just a fair warning - I've seen orange peel so excessive that it could not be wet sanded and buffed out...so depending on how many coats of clear you may want to re-think what to do - you say you have a lot of clear on - how much is a lot? 3 double wet coats? more? less?
1000 is fine for a rough cut - but then go 1200/1500 and I usually end with 2000
You need to use a buffing compound first - usually a heavy duty or rough cut and then a polishing compound (make sure to wash all of the buffing compound off first) followed by a machine or hand glaze
DO NOT go to a typical "auto parts" store to get these materials - find a Auto Paint supply place and get the right stuff - I've never found a auto parts store to stock anything but "turtle wax" types and that won't cut it.
3m or McGuires are good bets...
When it comes to Wax - I've used McGuires #16 paste wax for 20 something years and always liked it.