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Old 08-19-2004, 07:29 PM
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wet sand signal stage

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I am using omni MTK, it is a signal stage paint. colors are blue and silver both with a slight metallic,
I have a nasty ridge around my flames (i think wighted to long to pull the tape up) is it possible to wet sand and then buff a signal stage paint? i was thinking 1500 to 2000 grit? what do you all think? how long should i weight

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Old 08-19-2004, 11:23 PM
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You are asking a lot to sand and buff a single stage metallic. You will cut thru the layers of metallic, and it will look like it.

Honestly, leave it be and next time try something different. Either remove the tape sooner or go base clear.

By the way, removing the tape right after it is painted really makes a difference. A common mistake is to tape the fine line first, then mask up and over the fine line tape. So to remove the fine line you need to remove the rest, this is very difficult to do when the paint is fresh.
So, get in the habit of using a very narrow fine line tape and then mask up to it but not over it. Then take another fine line and lay it over the first one and the masking. After the paint is just out of dust or even before that, pull it off. You will have a nice soft edge because the paint still has time to flow down a little off the edge.

With flames it is a lot harder. But with a single two tone break, you don't even need the second fine line. You use your regular masking tape right up to about an eigth inch away from your line, you then just lay quarter inch fine line on the line and over the masking tape.

I will even remove this tape the minute I finish spraying, with the paint or clear totally wet. If you pull the tape off and away, you won't mess up your paint work. Well, not most of the time. I have dropped the tape in the fresh clear, but it works most the time.
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A rough paint edge looks bad. Sooo, I would use some 2000, and try knocking it down as much as I could with out getting into the main color any more than I had to, then buff it with some speed glaze. Just be very careful and take your time. Good Luck.

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hi thanks for the advice

Is it possible for me to buff the paint with a fine compound, with out destroying the paint??
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Sure, if you know how. If not you could ruin it.

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