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Old 06-20-2004, 09:25 AM
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Question Shining/Polishing/Finishing Acrylic Enamel

Hi Ya'll,

My dad and brother painted the race car themselves a couple months back and they're doing a frame off rebuild. They sprayed two coats of Acrylic Enamel. Its got little specks of dust in the paint and you can feel them. Dad got out there with Turtle Wax today - for some reason. Then he kept saying he needed some rubbing compound, but I told him that might pull some color out of it.

Anyhow, I told him they needed to wet sand it and work on getting it smooth, but he gave me that "naaa, I don't wanna fool with sanding it." He said wet sanding would ruin it.

So, what can we do to finish this paint job and get it smooth and nice looking? Keep in mind, its just a race car, it doesn't have to be showroom perfect.

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Was the paint catalyzed? If so, it can be polished. Wet sanding w/ 1500/2000 first would be the ideal then buff but you can do a reasonable, 15' job (looks good from 15'!) with a razor blade and hand polish. Bend a single edge razor to give it a slight curve. Then use it like a cabinet scraper by very lightly dragging it across the bugs, big dust, drips and runs sith the tips of the curved blade away from the paint until they are level. I can't stress enough, do it lightly. Let the blade to the work. There isn't a paint flaw out there that this method won't remedy. Then polish those leveled spots w/2000 grit paper. Once the big cobbles are off, hand polish it with 3M Perfect-It (my favorite) , Macquires or other good polish, then finish it with 3M Perfect-It hand glaze. Wax is final step.

If the paint was not catalyzed it cant be polished without cutting thru the surface hard layer ruining any chance for a shine. In that case, just wax it.
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Willy knows how to fix anything. I usually try to avoid having to fix things. I don't believe in waxing a race car.

Years ago I worked on a car that ran at our local track. Every once in a while the owner's wife would get a "wild hair" about making the car look specially good for that race, and she would get to cleaning it. Next thing we knew she was going at it with wax. That night we were loading it on the trailer with a wrecker. We figured out that wax does not belong on race cars.
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