Originally Posted by dennyg
I`m new here ,so hello
I paint as a hobby and am looking for some tips or ideas on color sanding.
I`m in awe of the smooth finish on some rods. I know the bodywork must be smooth ,but that paint is awsome.
Where do I start?
PATIENCE - IS the best thing to have!
Now write this down everyone...
A paint job is only as good as what is underneath!
The prep work has to be flawless - orange peel left in the primer compounds all the way out to the finish.
If you are using basecoat/clear coat - it is imperitive to get the basecoat applied as smooth as possible before applying the clear. Clear addes depth and will magnify orangle peel and imperfections in the base coat - especially a metallic.
Cut and buff or Color sanding is the final step and I usually go 1200-1500 and up to 2000 before polishing. Here it is an absolute must to NOT get any grit or otherwise between the sandpaper and surface.
When buffing you will a wool pad and a heavy cut compound first. MAKE SURE you get all the heavy compound off before moving to a light-duty compound and MAKE SURE you get all the light compound off before moving to a polishing pad and a final glaze to remove the swirls.
It's a ton of work to do it right and the part I hate most about doing paint work!
And I'll put this out there for everyone to look at... If you want a nice show quality paint job...do it in lacquer.
Urethane and Acrylic enamels will buff out - but there is just something about the makeup of the paint that does not allow it to have as flat of a look that lacquer gets. IMHO anyway!