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Old 08-26-2009, 08:36 PM   #1
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After several days of work, I'm approaching the final steps in painting some wheels a dark gray color. I've taken my time and tried to do a decent job. Steps so far:

1) cleaned
2) sanded
3) cleaned
4) primed
5) sanded
6) cleaned
7) painted

The paint feels slightly gritty so I'm thinking I should wet sand (suggested grit?) before applying the clear coat, but it seems like even a very fine grit will leave marks. Should I wet sand, then apply one more even coat of paint before clear coating? Should I wet sand after clear coating?
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Old 08-27-2009, 11:45 AM   #2
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It depends on your definition of "slightly gritty"... the clear coat should smooth out most of it if you're worried. Personally, I wouldn't worry. You'll probably curb your wheel and then all your hard work will go to waste. Atleast that's what happened with me
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Old 08-27-2009, 09:13 PM   #3
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Well, I ended up wet sanding with 2000 grit and the paint feels very smooth now. Even with a fine grit, I still managed to take off a little too much on the ridges of the spokes. I will probably respray one coat and wet sand again tomorrow, but do it very lightly. I've heard you can use rubbing compound to bring out the shine, but I'm not sure I'll do this before clear coating.
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