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Old 12-28-2003, 07:50 PM
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wet sanding and saving my finger tips....

I am about ready to do the finish wet sanding on my moms 1990 Dodge Daytona and I am wondering what some of you do to save your finger tips. The block sanding isn't the problem it is the soft block for the curves and edges that get me. The last time I sanded down a whole car was my 1971 Mustang, I sanded my finger tips off to the point were they all bled. I know some guys who taped their finger tips but the tape get wet and comes off, and others who wear rubber/neoprean gloves but that takes my feel away from the sanding surface. Does anybody else have this problem or is it just me, any advice would be appreciated.

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Old 12-28-2003, 09:00 PM
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You might try using superglue on the tips of your fingers. Spread a dab of it on there and smear it around quickly. You'll have messy fingerprints for a couple weeks, but it acts like a callous.


Just dont get your fingers all stuck.. its not fun to pull them apart when the stuff drys.
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Old 12-28-2003, 09:01 PM
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This is gonna sound so girly! Anyhow, when we did the '91 Mustang, I taped up my fingertips with this glueless tape. It's tape the adheres to itself, and believe it or not, it holds up pretty well to the moisture.
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I never would have though about using super glue, and the tape thing would be ok to if it holds up good to being constantly wet. BTW what kind of tape is it 3M or just some cheap stuff you get at the hardware store. I am thinking almost anything is better than sanding my finger tips off but I wont use gloves, I need to feel when sanding with a soft block.
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Old 12-28-2003, 09:32 PM
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Actually, it's medical tape. The kind you'd buy to say, tape gauze on your arm, without ripping hair off. It's pretty inexpensive, and believe me, it ain't coming off until you TAKE it off.

P.S. The super glue thing is a kick *** idea. Another laternative would be liquid bandage.........that stuff burns like mad when applied to an open cut, but like the super glue, it forms a barrier, and it'll definitely stay put.
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Go to Harbor Freight and get a box of latex or vinyle gloves...they work great.

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You shouldn't be applying pressure with your finger tips. I've sanded thousands of cars and never hurt my finger tips.

I keep a box of finger condoms to protect my fingers when I get a scraped knuckle or cut. they will stay on when a band aid will not and the keep it clean and dry.

Remember use the palm and keep your hand flat.

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If you are wearing down your fingertips then you a sanding wrong. Also by using the tips you will end up with bad places that will most definately show up when you paint.

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I know what he is talking about, even using a sanding block, your finger tips take a beating. It doesn't mean he is sanding with only his finger tips.

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Very rarely have I ever used tips of the fingers to sand. Also I don't ever think I had the tips sensitive from sanding either. When I would sand along a body line I would use the area right at the base of the thumb to sand with. I'm not sure what you would call it, maybe the ball of your hand. If I had to get in a tight place like along a drip rail I would crease the paper, insert it into the area and use the thumb to sand keeping pressure light. Everyone has a technique that they use and it is kind of hard to explain how to do it. Also when you sand make sure you keep the paper wet to keep it clean. Usually I have a bucket and a sponge to keep things wiped down and keep the paper dipped between sanding to keep it rinsed out. That makes the paper go farther and makes the sanding easier. Of course quite a few people will sand dry. That is your option. The only thing you really need to be sure of if you wet sand is that the car is thoroughly dry before painting. Water can stay trapped in cracks and crevices where you would not expect it. I always would take the air hose and blow out all areas just to be sure. Nothing can ruin a paint job faster than water coming out of a crack.

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I really am not a novice at bodywork, I used to be a bodyman I even went to school 2 years for it. I might be sanding wrong, but it doesn't matter how I sand. My finger tips take a beating, thats what I rembered when I did my 71 Mustang 11 years ago. I knew some old timers who were doing bodywork from 1940s to 70's and they wore tape on there finger tips. Maybe it is just my technique, I never have had any problems with my sanding jobs either so I know I am not sanding wrong. I really don't want to argue about sanding I just wanted to know if I could do something to keep me from messing up my finger tips. I am going to be doing alot of wet sanding here in a few days. I started to do some bodywork again after a 9 year hiatus, my mom wants me to paint her 89 or maybe its a 90 Dodge Daytona. I have most of the work done, I just need to do a prime on it and wet sand it out and hopefully I will be off to the paint booth by next Friday. I will put some pictures up when I get done, even though its a Dodge Daytona. Thank You to everybody for your input on this.
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I also have never had any finger tip problems when wet sanding. I do fold the paper so the grit will keep my hand from slipping. I try to use all the fingers and palm in even contact with the surface and sand back and forth in one direction the first time and then 90 degrees to that direction the second time.I only apply enough pressure to keep the paper against the surface.

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OK, I have had some finger tip abrasion when wet sanding. This has not come from the tips of my finger contacting the sanded surface, but from holding the sanding block which has sand paper wrapped around it. Could just be my techinque, or lack there of

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Well as long as everyone agrees that techniques are correct it's just some people have longer fingers than others and get run over by the paper. LOL!!! Try getting some finger cots. They look like little prophylactics for fingers. You could probably get them at any drug store by the box. That way the tips are protected without having something wrapped around them or glued on.

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onebadmerc... You don't need to wet sand anymore... Stop at your paint store and ask them about 3M's Soft Pad system. It goes right on your DA. I used this for the first time this spring on my full size pickup and I had the whole vehicle sanded down with 600 grit, ready for paint, in an hour... I did have to do a few spots by hand but this soft pad thing works like a dream. If you don't have to do a lot of body work this thing is a real time (and finger tip) saver.
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