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  • First time clear coat fix a disaster

    I tried clear coat yesterday on my entire black Elantra hood (big mistake for a newbie,) but the garage was too hot, and the clear coat looks sandy because I couldn't keep a wet edge. I used Rustoleum 2x Clear Cover, and yes, I know it wasn't the best kind of spray, but now it's done. I could get a smooth finish only in spots, the rest is either sandy or has runs. I'm very familiar with tools, as zi use them in my business, but spray painting is a disaster for me. After 3 coats I gave up. I need your help because none of the retail auto stores here (and there are loads of them) can advise me.

    1-- What grit should I use to sand down the sandy finish (a pun?) I've already taken down the runs with a razor blade.

    2--I have a random orbital sander and 1000 and 2000 wet-n-dry sheets, but I can't find it in wettable discs, which is what all the videos show. The 800 is actually a flexible rubbery sheet, blue on one side and yellow on the other, but I don't know what it's called. Lost the package.

    3--Presuming I can smooth it out, how long should I wait before applying Meguiars Ultimate Compond? I did the spraying on 9/3.

    The car's a 2005 that I bought used, so I don't expect perfection. I'm not looking for a professional finish, because it's too screwed up, just a glossy shine.

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    Re: First time clear coat fix a disaster

    DUPLICATE of my other thread, now I don't know how to delete this.

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      Re: First time clear coat fix a disaster

      Is your random orbital sander electric or pneumatic?

      If electric, be cognizant of how much water you use and keep your area, tooks and hands dry.

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        Re: First time clear coat fix a disaster

        Electric. Got it!

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