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    Wet Sanding: Plain water, or water + "soap"?

    As the title say, how wet sanding is done, with water and lubricant ("soap") or it is done with plain water? I am asking because I've "heard" of people using water and soap, and at the same time as I am looking at Wet Wedge (that I am considering getting) videos I see everybody is using just plain water.

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    Re: Wet Sanding: Plain water, or water + "soap"?

    you can use either. what are you wet sanding, primer or paint? when sanding primer your paper can get clogged up very fast, so if you use soap it helps keep the sandpaper clean longer. I've never had a problem with paint(clear coat) clogging up my sandpaper, so i just use plain water. I wouldnt suggest using dish soap while sanded on a freshly painted car because as you can find on these forums, the paint needs to breathe and if you use dish soap it wont allow it to do that.

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    Re: Wet Sanding: Plain water, or water + "soap"?

    A little soap in the water helps to,

    Lubricate the surface
    Prevent your sanding paper from clogging up
    Enable particles to rinse more freely off the surface

    Meguiar's has been offering a special wet-sanding soap for about 30 plus years, use just a little in your bucket, like a capful or two for about 3-4 gallons.

    This is a low sudsing soap that is completely safe for all fresh paint. By the way, all of our car wash solutions are safe for fresh paint. (Less than 30 days old).

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    Re: Wet Sanding: Plain water, or water + "soap"?

    Quote Originally Posted by 98blackbird View Post
    you can use either. what are you wet sanding, primer or paint?
    Thank you! I will be wet sanding paint.

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    Re: Wet Sanding: Plain water, or water + "soap"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Phillips View Post
    A little soap in the water helps too
    Thank you Mike! I assumed soap in water used to wet area as I am working would be beneficial but I can not do that with Wet Wedge, right?

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    Re: Wet Sanding: Plain water, or water + "soap"?

    Quote Originally Posted by ZoranC View Post
    Thank you Mike! I assumed soap in water used to wet area as I am working would be beneficial but I can not do that with Wet Wedge, right?

    What is a wet wedge?
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    Re: Wet Sanding: Plain water, or water + "soap"?

    Quote Originally Posted by kellyinkc View Post
    What is a wet wedge?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZoranC View Post
    ...I assumed soap in water used to wet area as I am working would be beneficial but I can not do that with Wet Wedge, right?
    I always figured that if I got a WetWedge I’d try to rig up a water source with soap instead of just running it off the tap. Maybe you could use a pump sprayer tank, or a dilution gun or something like that.


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    Re: Wet Sanding: Plain water, or water + "soap"?

    I used a 0.5 gallon bug sprayer. The hose on the WetWedge has the same ID tubing as the sprayer, so it fits. You probably want to find a way to clamp it as well.

    I did this to demo the WetWedge at NACE where we didn't have access to a water spigot. You could fill it with soap water solution if you wanted to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the other pc View Post
    I always figured that if I got a WetWedge I’d try to rig up a water source with soap instead of just running it off the tap. Maybe you could use a pump sprayer tank, or a dilution gun or something like that.


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    Cool Re: Wet Sanding: Plain water, or water + "soap"?

    Dang, beat me to it!

    Thanks Richard!


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