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Old 05-01-2005, 05:02 PM   #1
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wet sanding...

my car is a 2002 and i was wondering if it would be necessary to wet sand it? the paint is not bad at all! i keep it WELL waxed. but if i clay it sometimes it doesnt get everything out of my paint, so would it be stupid to wet sand it?
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Old 05-01-2005, 05:38 PM   #2
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what is it exactly you are trying to remove.

I would say to wetsanding unless you want to remove scratches, but for surface contaminants... figure out what it is you're trying to remove and there should be a solution.

Tar? - tar removal chemical like from Autoglym
Industrial fallout - more claying and compounding...
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Old 05-01-2005, 06:35 PM   #3
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Before wet-sanding, I would try using a good polish and machine buffer (either random orbital or circular). If you can't get it out with that, you may need a wet-sanding, but...you may also decide that the expense isn't worth it. It all depends how bad the scratches/swirls/holograming are and how much they bother you. If your car has been fairly well treated, it is unlikely you will actually need a wet sand.

You probably know this already, but I would also leave the wet sanding to the professionals. There is a real risk of damaging your paint. Using a good polish and a random orbital, on the other hand, is fairly low risk and you can do it yourself.

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does the area to be polished/buffed have to be claybared and extremely clean? or can it just be semi-clean with a hand scrub and wash?
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Old 05-01-2005, 07:54 PM   #5
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use wetsanding as a last resort next to respraying.
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Old 05-02-2005, 08:19 PM   #6
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does the area to be polished/buffed have to be claybared and extremely clean? or can it just be semi-clean with a hand scrub and wash?
Well...I would clay it. Whatever is on the paint will be polished/buffed into the paint. The cleaner your paint is to start with, the better your results will be...I think, but I have never polished without claying first. In my opinion, why take the risk?
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I hope you have enough experience before you do wetsanding. That would be the last souce.
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Pass on the wet sanding, save that for the professionals.
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Old 05-16-2005, 03:24 PM   #9
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I have always kept turtle wax brand polishing compound and rubbing compound in my detail box.

I use the courser red colored rubbing compound or "rouge"f or scratches and contaminants. It will dull your paint much the same as wet sanding with 1000 or 1500 grit paper but without the risks of damage cause from a folded piece of sandpaper or sanding in the same direction for too long, etc.

You bring back the shine by moving to the colishing compound (the white paste) then a polish or wax.

Wet sanding is mostly used by finishers to remove orange peel effects from spraypainting
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