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Old 08-13-2009, 01:56 PM
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Wet Sanding - Beginner

I'm just about ready to start WET SANDING for the first time. I learned a lot about block sanding from you guys, now it's time for the next step.

I can't use a water hose where I live, so I plan to have a bucket and sponge on hand. What is the proper technique for wet sanding? I heard that the sandpaper needs to be soaked. I'm using 3M stick-it paper.

I appreciate all of your input.

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Get a cheap spray bottle to keep the surface and paper wet. Spray, then sand, repeat. A little Dawn makes the wetsanding a whole lot easier, but if I'm going to recoat I avoid using the Dawn. On the final cut and buff, I put a little Dawn in the water.
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I'm just about ready to start WET SANDING for the first time. I learned a lot about block sanding from you guys, now it's time for the next step.

I can't use a water hose where I live, so I plan to have a bucket and sponge on hand. What is the proper technique for wet sanding? I heard that the sandpaper needs to be soaked. I'm using 3M stick-it paper.

I appreciate all of your input.

Thanks,

Danny
Get some sheets of Wet-or-Dry paper.
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Keep the paper extremely clean. You'll have to keep changing out that bucket often. I've had decent luck pre-soaking the paper for an hour or so before I sand. Go light and keep the work area clean so you can see when you've taken enough off to be smooth. Hope this helps!
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Sounds simple enough... thanks guys!
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Remember, panel at a time. If you have to, break the panel up into "3 panels". Wetsanding a whole car (as well as any other process) can seem like it takes foreeeeever.

Finish one panel, wipe it dry and check for imperfections / unsanded areas. Don't move onto the next panel until that one is completely sanded.
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I like a big sponge and a bucket of water, sanding with one hand and squeezing the sponge as needed with the sponge in the other hand. Keep the water clean, use lots of water and it will also keep the panels clean. make sure your car is clean before you start, dirt, tars, oils can ruin your paper. I like to use a good quality paper, 3m most of the time, the paper will last longer and you will get more use for your buck. Cheap paper will just cost more in the long run cuz you will be changing it out continuously.
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