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Old 06-28-2010, 09:59 PM   #1
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Wet Sanding the Tremclad Paint Job

Hi Everyone,

This is an add on to my earlier thread showing how I painted my car with Tremclad paint (15 cans for about $7 per can). I was pleased with how the paint turned out, and I've been waiting for it to dry so I can begin wet sanding it. The time has come, so I'm going to take some pics and explain what I'm up to. I read a lot on line about this, but it will still be trial and error...

Pic #1-this is my driver's side wheel well, it was the easiest place to show some of the runs I'm dealing with.
Pic #2-this is after wet sanding This is a different area of the car, I didn't want to start on the wheel well, I figured the back would be easier to fix if I ran into trouble. I started with 1500 grit paper that I soaked for half an hour, then sanded the runs until they were fairly smooth. Then I sanded down the rest of the panel with 1500 grit. I dipped the paper in water every couple of minutes and kept the surface wet with a spray bottle. I also wiped the suface dry every so often to see how flat it was. Then I sanded with 2000 grit (also soaked) paper, and all in the same direction. The result was the hazy looking panel you see in the picture.
Pic #3-I applied Meguir's X 2.0 scratch remover I bought for about $15 at Canadian Tire. This product was awesome. I put it on the foam pad of my buffer and just buffed away, the hard parts I couldn't get to with the buffer, I used a clean towel and buffed by hand.
Pic #4-this isn't great, I'll post more pics as I continue. One half of the panel is almost like a mirror, the other side (on the far side of the roundel) is sort of bumpy, and doesn't have a mirror shine.

If the rest of the car goes this well, I'll be really happy, I'm very pleased with the results and this is the first time I've ever tried this...Next time, I am going to try a slightly more aggressive grit to start on the runs, maybe 1000. More info and insight to follow...
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Old 06-28-2010, 10:11 PM   #2
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yess brent its gna look amazing.
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Old 06-28-2010, 10:12 PM   #3
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You're just getting the car ready to go back to the Barrie LCBO. I see your plan!
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Old 06-28-2010, 10:19 PM   #4
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You're just getting the car ready to go back to the Barrie LCBO. I see your plan!
Well played, Scott!! lol

I never thought about that, but now that you mention it, the timing does look suspect...middle aged guy gets a compliment from a hot 21 year old about his car, and not even 2 days later is feverishly wet sanding the whole thing in his garage!!

I'm not saying that experience affected me, but future my mods now include 6 pack abs and hair restoration!
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Old 06-28-2010, 10:28 PM   #5
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you're too funny Scott! :-)
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I'm going to have to pop by Brent to see this puppy now! When you going to drop by? and do some body mods with me.... over a couple beers of course!
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I'm going to have to pop by Brent to see this puppy now! When you going to drop by? and do some body mods with me.... over a couple beers of course!
Steve, what do you want to get at first? Because of Canada day, this is a pretty good week to do some work on your car, if you want.
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Steve, what do you want to get at first? Because of Canada day, this is a pretty good week to do some work on your car, if you want.
Back bumper. I want to get new sheet metal and fix the quarter panel and fiberglass the bumper. I'm hoping to get the cluster out today and get some new batteries in there. So a lot is going be done in short time frame
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