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Old 11-13-2008, 01:16 PM
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Is it worth the effort?

I just finished up color sanding my car. It's shot in Glasurit black bc/cc. I started with 1500 grit to remove some dust nibs and a few runs. I sanded again with 2000 then 2500. Everything looks good; the surface is flat and uniform and my arm is sore.
I've got a pack of 3000 grit and my question to the group is this: is it worth the effort to go over it again with the 3000 grit, does that really buy me any improvement?. I plan to buff it out with 3M rubbing compound/cutting foam pad then finish with 3M polishing compound/soft polishing foam pad.

Every opinion is welcome and thanks in advance to all who respond.


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Old 11-13-2008, 01:20 PM
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i think you will be fine to go ahead and buff now..I would.

I have tried most all of it and now do what is known to work..
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The only advantage of going with finer paper is that it makes the buffing go faster. Using 3000 paper is not going to remove a significant amount of material, so sanding thru should not be a problem. If it is, them you don't have enough clear on there for UV protection anyway.

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Do yourself a favor and get your hands on some Mirka Abralon 4000 pads for your DA sander. If you have already gone through the steps to get the paint surface flat these are what you need. They will dramatically cut down on the amount of buffing you have to do. They are 4000 grit so you don't have to worry about removing too much material, and with an air powered DA you can use water with them. Once you use them you wind up with a satin sheen, and the brilliance really comes fast when you hit it with compounding. Just like always, stay away from edges .

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Once you get past 1500 you start polishing rather than sanding.
I've gone ALL ways on buffing and it really comes down to which you want to do,
Buff more or "sand" more.
If your buffing skill's are lacking,then go the 4000 route.
If your a decient buffer,go for it after the 1500.
One thing about it is,
You can always try buffing first and if you have trouble removing the scratchs,go with the 4000.If it goes well,hammer down.....
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