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Old 02-02-2015, 04:18 PM   #1
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My e46 get tagged!!!!!!help!!!

Woke up in the morning and this happened to my car.I used a 2000 sand paper to take to paint off. But left over some marks. Do i need a clear coat or i can just buff it away.I do have some basic air tools. Any help would be great.
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Old 02-02-2015, 04:22 PM   #2
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Old 02-02-2015, 07:17 PM   #3
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First thing, warm soapy water to see what type of paint they used. If it doesn't budge, use lacquer thinner on a rag, and test an area first. (I've heard you can use acetone based products like fingernail polish remover, but I've never tried it)
If the spray paint starts coming off, change rags, keep the rag fresh. You don't have to drench the rag in thinner, just enough to get it damp. I've used paint thinner on overspray and it comes off without hurting the clear coat. I'v also repainted parts of my car that didn't turn out and used lacquer thinner to start over. Wash with soap and water after all the paint is gone. Don't leave any thinner on the car.
If the paint came off with the 2000 grit, you probably took the shine out of your clear coat. Use polishing compound to bring back the shine, and it will get rid of any sanding marks also. It works best with a power buffer but you can do it by hand.
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Old 02-02-2015, 07:56 PM   #4
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Thanks a lot. Just finish buffing on a small area. The gloss is back.Btw,Can i spray on another layer of clear coat on top of it?
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Old 02-02-2015, 08:09 PM   #5
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No problem, just as a side note, everywhere in my post that you saw thinner, it should have been lacquer, not paint thinner. Spaying clear coat is very tricky, odds are you will see where you stop. Chances are your clear coat is fine, original clear coat at the factory is baked on and very durable. What are you trying to achieve by spraying clear? If you are trying to bring back the original shine of the car you could clay bar it, it's a lot of work. there are lots of youtube instructional videos about it. here's some info http://www.autopia-carcare.com/inf-clay.html
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Old 02-06-2015, 01:53 AM   #6
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Duplicolor surface prep has worked magic for me to remove unwanted stuff from clear coats
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Old 02-07-2015, 12:19 AM   #7
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I would suggest you consult a local body or quality detail shop that can assess the damage and thickness of the clearcoat. This will tell you whether or not you need to get a layer of clear sprayed on the car of if there's enough to just polish away the sanding marks and wax/seal after. Hopefully you didn't take off too much clear with the sanding, but if you did, it's better to know immediately so you don't waste too much time trying to make it perfect if it needs a respray.

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