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Old 08-30-2011, 11:54 AM   #1
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I need help finding a good paint thickness gauge that isn't going to cost me a crap load. Does anyone know of one or have one. Thanks
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Old 08-30-2011, 11:57 AM   #2
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Screwdriver and a ruler?
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Thanks. Im new to the detailing world and i think one of these is a must have. Is that true?
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I wouldn't say that it's a "must have". 90% of detailing companies probably do not have one. Do you plan on doing a lot of wet sanding?
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No I would be using it for checking respray cars to make sure the paint is thick enough to compound.
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IME re-spray cars are always thick enough to compound. OEM paint is what you have to worry about, generally it is MUCH thinner and will usually have more potential to have been previously buffed and consequently thinned.

But then again the term 'compound' is rather vague, and probably means different things to each of us. Compound refers to a chemical but it is really the application process that would determine the amount of material removed. Compounding by hand? Compounding by DA with a foam cutting pad? Compounding by rotary with a twisted wool pad? All of these methods would yield drastically different results with a comparatively large difference relative to amount of material removed.

FWIW I use a Highline meter as was linked to above, and don't have any complaints about it. It's very affordable and works without a hitch. I suppose the only 'issue' I have with it is that it only reads on steel and aluminum (so you're flying blind on all plastic bumpers and trim, the areas most likely to have been replaced and repainted). But you won't be able to find a meter that reads on composites in the sub $1000 category. I would also appreciate being able to see the thickness of each film layer (e-coat/primer, base, clear), but that's even MORE money.
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Old 08-31-2011, 02:58 PM   #8
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I am using a DA with foam and micro-fiber pads( Meguiars Corrections System). The Highline meter sounds like the one I would buy. You are very right about the bumpers. I never thought about that and today most cars have plastic bumpers. Thanks for the reply
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