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corky5678
Dec 11th, 2006, 11:23 PM
I went to the LA Auto Show and was surprised at all the new cars that had scratches and "orange peel" in the paint. I took some photos of a few cars that looked decent to me. They usually sand prototypes but not production cars unless it is a very expensive car.

Corky
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yakky
Dec 12th, 2006, 03:57 AM
Corky, please stop doing this to me! The more wet sanding I see, the more I want to wet sand my new car! I've done two other older cars and both came out great, just don't want strip too much of my precious clear on mine.:LOLOL:

gorin002
Dec 12th, 2006, 04:05 AM
nice

SpoiledMan
Dec 12th, 2006, 05:38 AM
I'll have to add a couple....

Maybach Coupe: This thing runs.....FAST. It has stone chips on the front of it.
http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/forums/photopost/data/500/IMG_2714.jpg

Sinister Six = No introduction needed!
http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/forums/photopost/data/500/IMG_2831.jpg

gorin002
Dec 12th, 2006, 08:41 AM
that maybach could be ehhhhhhh.that movie i fergot
2 guys ehhhhhhhh.nah i fergot

that maybach seemd a nice tank on the raod
maby meqaires gonna buy it

Mike Phillips
Dec 12th, 2006, 09:28 AM
that maybach could be ehhhhhhh.that movie i fergot
2 guys ehhhhhhhh.nah i fergot

that maybach seemd a nice tank on the raod
maby meqaires gonna buy it

Hi gorin002,

Just by chance, what browser do you use to surf the net?

corky5678
Dec 12th, 2006, 09:53 AM
Corky, please stop doing this to me! The more wet sanding I see, the more I want to wet sand my new car! I've done two other older cars and both came out great, just don't want strip too much of my precious clear on mine.:LOLOL:
That's funny! Anyway, I wet sanded my car the very next day after I bought it brand new. I mentioned to the dealer that I was going to sand it and he thought I was crazy. Here is my car done: www.glossycar.com/hood2.jpg I finished it with Meguiar's NXT.
Corky
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gorin002
Dec 12th, 2006, 11:26 AM
Hi gorin002,

Just by chance, what browser do you use to surf the net?

i have XP and was ie 6
since updates its now ie 7
i keep extra browser wich is opera now use ie7

gorin002
Dec 12th, 2006, 11:28 AM
ahhhhhh maybach is a batman car

ACleanSC4
Dec 13th, 2006, 04:21 PM
ahh...maybach exelero, very nice...

Hmm...any tips for a first timer to wet sand their car? Paint is about a year old...

I assume just lots of lube, and even strokes...2000grit?

Superior Shine
Dec 13th, 2006, 06:48 PM
MAN THIS CAR IS SWEEET!!

I wonder who polished it!!!! ;)

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/forums/photopost/data/500/IMG_2831.jpg

gorin002
Dec 13th, 2006, 11:20 PM
ahhhh maybach look or looks like batman car

Totoland Mach
Dec 14th, 2006, 06:00 AM
ahh...maybach exelero, very nice...

Hmm...any tips for a first timer to wet sand their car? Paint is about a year old...

I assume just lots of lube, and even strokes...2000grit?

I wet sand 1-2 BMW's per week for a reseller. Most of the cars are bought coming off BMW Leasing and have lots of chips from highway use.

First: Use a paint guage to measure the paint before you start. Assuming your car has never been sanded, you might cautiously skip this, but I wouldn't.

I use a Snap-On orbital air sander with 3000 grit pads and detail spray for lube.
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o212/Totoland/Start-To-Finish%20Detail/2_BMWStartHoodSanding.jpg

The purpose of sanding is to remove small chips and scratches. The larger ones will be filled in with touch-up paint
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o212/Totoland/Start-To-Finish%20Detail/3_BMWStart_Hood_afterSanding.jpg

The hood on this BMW had some serious scratches, water spots, etc. The after sanding pic is this:
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o212/Totoland/Start-To-Finish%20Detail/4_BMWHood_Sanded.jpg

Following this is compounding with a rotary + lite compound. I take my time during this process to polish out the paint completely (no hazy spots that I've seen on other cars).
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o212/Totoland/Start-To-Finish%20Detail/7_BMWOneHalfHood_Compounded.jpg

Following compound is glazing with Meguiar's Glaze and a finish pad on the rotary
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o212/Totoland/Start-To-Finish%20Detail/10_BMWHood_Glazed.jpg

Last step is Meguiar's #26 which the shop uses exclusively.
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o212/Totoland/Start-To-Finish%20Detail/11_BMWHoodGlaze_ReflectionOverall.jpg

Finished reflection and ready for power wash to remove compound and glaze splatter.
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o212/Totoland/Start-To-Finish%20Detail/27_BMW745i_HoodreflectionB4wash.jpg

Sanding requires the proper tools and training! I am fortunate that the shop owner took his time to show me the correct methods, BUT care must be taken or you could end up with situations like this:
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o212/Totoland/BMWX5_ThinPaintOnEdge.jpg
This was an X5 that had been wet sanded priot to our getting the vehicle and I didn't measure the paint edges. As a result, compounding took the paint down too far on this edge (and I didn't use the rotary correctly which further damaged the edge).

Hope this helps you if you decide.

Totoland Mach