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orange peel in clear

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.

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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.
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I can vouch for the above tips. Todays clears are dang near impossible to apply without some degree of orange peal. Even when the surface looks perfectly flat once you start blocking it you see orange peal. It is a time consuming process color sanding and buffing, but that is what makes the paint job. The tip about going to a paint store for your supplies is dead on. 3M and McGuires are about the best you can use.

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