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Old 05-28-2013, 09:43 PM
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We are so lucky to have the products we do, repairing Stainless moulding.

I have been in this business a long time and have seen a few of the technologies introduced that we have today and take for granted. One being the sand paper that we have, when I was new to this business 600 was as fine as there was, that was it, 600. I was cutting and buffing show quality lacquer paint jobs on a regular basis using 600. 600 and 3m Superduty rubbing compound, it was hard work, very hard work. I remember like it was yesterday the first time I saw "ultra fine" by 3M, I believe it's regarded as 800 grit. I remember the car, a 23 T, bright orange lacquer. The ultra fine was like the Holy Grail, I couldn't believe how good it worked.

Well I am not using the products every day these days, when the 3000 and 5000 3M paper came along I saw it but didn't test it or anything. I did today, I grabbed a piece of each to give a try on my stainless wheel opening mouldings for my Gran Sport. They are covered in dents and I figured these new papers may come in handy. I repaired the dents and moved from 1000 to 1500 to 3000 and then 5000 and just about peed my pants on how it looked! HOLY CRAP, the photo picked up some haziness that I honestly didn't even see in person. That 3000 and 5000 just about eliminated the need for the polishing compound and buffing wheel! I couldn't believe my eyes, HOLY CRAP. It makes repairing these mouldings child's play!

I am still stunned, absolutely stunned.

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I have been in this business a long time and have seen a few of the technologies introduced that we have today and take for granted. One being the sand paper that we have, when I was new to this business 600 was as fine as there was, that was it, 600. I was cutting and buffing show quality lacquer paint jobs on a regular basis using 600. 600 and 3m Superduty rubbing compound, it was hard work, very hard work. I remember like it was yesterday the first time I saw "ultra fine" by 3M, I believe it's regarded as 800 grit. I remember the car, a 23 T, bright orange lacquer. The ultra fine was like the Holy Grail, I couldn't believe how good it worked.

Well I am not using the products every day these days, when the 3000 and 5000 3M paper came along I saw it but didn't test it or anything. I did today, I grabbed a piece of each to give a try on my stainless wheel opening mouldings for my Gran Sport. They are covered in dents and I figured these new papers may come in handy. I repaired the dents and moved from 1000 to 1500 to 3000 and then 5000 and just about peed my pants on how it looked! HOLY CRAP, the photo picked up some haziness that I honestly didn't even see in person. That 3000 and 5000 just about eliminated the need for the polishing compound and buffing wheel! I couldn't believe my eyes, HOLY CRAP. It makes repairing these mouldings child's play!

I am still stunned, absolutely stunned.

Brian
You are right. I have found that if you do your final sanding with 3000 or 5000 and use WD40 to wet sand them the will be pretty much polished at that point.

Pretty cool huh?

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I am blown away. The last lacquer job I did I was handed some 15,000 yes Fifteen THOUSAND grit paper used for repairing windows in aircraft. Same thing, OMG I sanded it thru 1500 then when to the 15,000 and it looked like it was polished! One little hit with the buffer and it was GLASS.

I am diggin this stuff that is for sure!


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All my buddies always wanted to build engines and to the mechanical work to their rides first. I, on the otherhand, would do everything I could to do the body and paint first. Then I would worry about how well it ran. I just get so excited when I can do something that really shows. It is just so cool to stand back and look at something like your trim and say "Wow! Look what I did"

I am proud of you.

By the way, I am looking at a '53 Belair convertible. Very rusty on the bottom but 100% there. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

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Yeah this mouldings were on my 65 Skylark daily driver I had for a number of years. I repaired the mouldings back then and had to have them polished by the chrome shop. I was NOT looking forward to polishing them I'll tell you that. This paper made it so easy it is a joy instead of a PIA. They are going to look so good on the car. I didn't think I could get them done for the Goodguys this weekend but it will be a piece of cake.

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Yeah this mouldings were on my 65 Skylark daily driver I had for a number of years. I repaired the mouldings back then and had to have them polished by the chrome shop. I was NOT looking forward to polishing them I'll tell you that. This paper made it so easy it is a joy instead of a PIA. They are going to look so good on the car. I didn't think I could get them done for the Goodguys this weekend but it will be a piece of cake.

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You will be taking pictures at the Good-Guys won't you?
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You will be taking pictures at the Good-Guys won't you?
Like aways, have I ever let you down with car show photos? I wish I had one of those dash mount video cameras so I could get Steve's reaction to my lighting up the tires! He is going to dig this ride! Hopefully it isn't raining, it's been a little funky out here the last few days. When I was waxing it on Monday I had to move it in as it started sprinkling on me.

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That's how we polish old alum wheels..
Jack up your truck and let them spin real slow,, And sand until they shine..
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I have been in this business a long time and have seen a few of the technologies introduced that we have today and take for granted. One being the sand paper that we have, when I was new to this business 600 was as fine as there was, that was it, 600. I was cutting and buffing show quality lacquer paint jobs on a regular basis using 600. 600 and 3m Superduty rubbing compound,
Me too!!!
I still have some of the "Super Duty" in my cabinet left over from my
lacquer days. Brian, I guess we are the "old timers" now
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Me too!!!
I still have some of the "Super Duty" in my cabinet left over from my
lacquer days. Brian, I guess we are the "old timers" now
Yep, I sanded MANY cars with 600 and cut them to a shine with Super Duty. My God, have you used it lately, HOLY CRAP that stuff was like lapping compound! It had GRIT!

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