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Old 05-10-2005, 11:06 AM
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Scuff pad-gray or red

I got some of that scuff helper that comes in a tube and goes on
a wet scuff pad. I used it with a gray pad, which I thought was
recommended on this forum, but after scrubbing my bumper real good with
it the bumper still had a little sheen left on it. I tried it with a red and
it scratched it much better, but wasn't as even.
What do you guys on here use? Is the gray enough scratch or should I
keep going till all the sheen is gone like I use too when I used
2000 paper?

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The grey pad will provide the best surface for paint with just enough texture, the red pad will work and provide more than enough surface texture but may be too agressive for a metalic color and show sandscratches. If you are applying a sealer or primer then the red will work fine with no problems, if you are shooting a solid color the red pad will work fine, if it's a metalic that will be applied directly to the scuffed surface the red may be too aggresive. JMO's
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I have not tried that scuff helper compound as of yet. Been thinking about it.
I just use a spray bottle with water and keep the area wet which help's alot with the scotch pads as they don't seem to cut as well/long dry.
Unless I'm doing a final go over pryor to paint or on clear.
Think of it this way.
Red = 180-220
Gray = 400-600

This helps me decide which to use IMO.

Has anyone tried the Gold yet? (Guess thats what color it is,kinda light brown)
I saw some in the paint store the other day and it was F-I-N-E.
Kinda like 1000-1200.
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I have used that stuff at a couple of dealers, and was pretty happy with the results. Great for fades on insurance work. You could always do it in 600 wet or dry, with a tablespoon of dish soap in a gallon of water. The old and still good standby :-),,,,RR
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Old 05-11-2005, 05:13 AM
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I haven't heard of gold color scuff pads but I do use a white.
It's so fine it doesn't appear to be scuffing, it's great for knocking the dust
off of base coat. If I get a bug or piece of dirt in my base I let it dry
and use the white to scuff it off, it hardly scratches it, then I dust another
coat of base over it. If the gold is super fine it sounds like that white I
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