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Old 06-30-2010, 07:27 PM   #1
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I just finished up spraying my JDM STi hoodscoop WRB. I put 3 coats each of the base coat and a clear coat. Now, I've heard a couple different things form this point forward. I'm thinking I should wetsand with 1200 grit to get rid of the orange peal, then polish it with a polishing compound, then finally wax it. Good idea?
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Old 06-30-2010, 07:34 PM   #2
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To make it perfect you'll need to do more polishing than just compound. I would also imagine you'll need to step to a finer grit for wet sanding as well. I'll let the people with more experience answer that.

Compound to wax will not look good though. Compound - polish - finishing polish-wax/sealant
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Old 06-30-2010, 08:31 PM   #3
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I just spent a lot of time experimenting with this. Here's my two cents:

Use a proper sanding block for wet-sanding. Do not just use your hand.

Be very very careful not to sand through the clear coat back down to the base coat.

Be very careful around the corners and edges. In fact, you may not even need to sand some of the corners.

Patience patience patience.

Call local Subaru dealer and ask who they use for paint work. Get quote and cry. Mine says they will do it for $100. Don't know what you spent on time and material, but I put way more than $100 bucks into it.
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Old 06-30-2010, 09:25 PM   #4
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1500 or 2000 grit sandpaper and lots of water, when you think you are using enough water add more, and make sure to use a sanding block of some sort. and The most important part, take your time, or you will be respraying.
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Old 06-30-2010, 09:42 PM   #5
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This sounds familiar! I'm painting an STi scoop & splitters with a paint gun, but I started out using spray cans from a local paint shop. Nothing I could do would make the paint come out of the cans in a way that didn't produce a heavy orange peel, except for laying it on REALLY wet. Problem with that was the can sprayed so poorly that I would get drips from the nozzle. For one of my splitters, I just toughed it out with the can, spraying fairly heavy then wet-sanded with 1000 and 2000 and loaded up on clear. With this kind of paint, it's hard to get anywhere with super-fine sandpaper. It's got clearcoat mixed in and ends up being fairly durable. Except for corners/edges like stated above. I think I'll take the advice and leave those alone next round.

For the scoop, trying to sand it smooth was a PITA. I ended up using like 220 or so to get rid of the texture completely, then went progressively smoother and primed/sanded/etc. Now I'm using a spray gun and it goes on SUPER glossy. Just a bit of a learning curve, though.
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Old 06-30-2010, 10:21 PM   #6
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I just finished up spraying my JDM STi hoodscoop WRB. I put 3 coats each of the base coat and a clear coat. Now, I've heard a couple different things form this point forward. I'm thinking I should wetsand with 1200 grit to get rid of the orange peal, then polish it with a polishing compound, then finally wax it. Good idea?
Couple tweaks. After the clear has seasoned, (dried for a week or two), use a 1200-1500 grit and wet sand smooth. Then use a rubbing compound then the polishing compound. I would stay away from anything more than hand and cloth polishing as you don't have enough paint down to chance machine help otherwise good luck.
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