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Ok, here goes. My bumper problem is ongoing, so I am going to remove the bumper, strip it completely and respray it off the car. I did get the car based and cleared, and everything is good aside from some very slight orange peel here and there and a few MONSTER runs.

What do you guys suggest for hand sanding (I am afraid of burning through the clear if I use a buffer and I am tired of this headache of a project) in regard to taking out runs? Start with 1500, move to 2000 and then polishing compound?

Any suggestions?

You have no idea how much I appreciate your input.
 

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This stone block by Meguiars works so much better on runs than sandpaper.
It's rock hard and flat. You can wet sand the run without hitting
the surrounding clear because it's so hard and doesn't flex.
I use a 1000 grit block, it's the quickest and easiest way I've found.
After that I sand with 1500 or 2000 paper to rid the scratches from the block.
My runs disappear completely now :thumbup:

http://www.autogeek.net/meguiars-unigrit-sanding-block.html
 

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I picked one up and gave it a shot. I thought I was going to have to repaint my rear hatch, but I was able to take all of the runs out with this little thing. Made the job much quicker and easier.

Now I just have a few runs here and there to take out and I should be in good shape!
 

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Another method i use at work is to take a brand new razor blade and sort of drag it along the run to level it with the rest of the clear. Wet sand with 1500 to feather the peel out then 3000 on a DA before buffing. Our painter sucks so i get alot of practice. :rolleyes:
 

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Another useful tip I figured out on my own; instead of using a spray bottle, grab an old HVLP gun, ~10psi, closed fan, open fluid. Now I use the bottles to hold my warm refill water and my pointer finger loves me for it :) I'm sure people have figured that trick out, but I've never heard of someone doing it. Other than that, I use my tripod guitar stand at my side to hold the gun by the cup in the "U" that would cradle the guitar neck. I just spray, sand, squeegee, then use slight trigger pull on the gun to quickly blow the moisture off and see where you're at on the orange peel or run in this case. Hopefully some poor guy will thank me for saving his fingers :thumbup:
 

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Another useful tip I figured out on my own; instead of using a spray bottle, grab an old HVLP gun, ~10psi, closed fan, open fluid. Now I use the bottles to hold my warm refill water and my pointer finger loves me for it :) I'm sure people have figured that trick out, but I've never heard of someone doing it. Other than that, I use my tripod guitar stand at my side to hold the gun by the cup in the "U" that would cradle the guitar neck. I just spray, sand, squeegee, then use slight trigger pull on the gun to quickly blow the moisture off and see where you're at on the orange peel or run in this case. Hopefully some poor guy will thank me for saving his fingers :thumbup:
WOW!!! thats using your head :thumbup: I'm tired of buying pump bottles they break when you drop them...great idea...88 MOPAR its a beach I know, but its all part of paying the dues... One day when that painter gets drunk and dont show up you'll be able to save the day, so practice anywhere you can every chance you get......and when the boss sees you paint better than the painter ...your in....Worked for me....
 
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