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Old 04-09-2012, 03:53 PM   #1
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Default Really thin tape for isolating scratch sanding

I have a nasty scratch on my 04 wrb sti. I have filled the scratch with touch up paint through paintscratch.com and now need to level it. I would like to tape around the scratch and start sanding first so I do not immediately start stripping the clearcoat. After that I would remove the tape and continue sanding. I would just like less sanding strokes on the clear basically. Is there a really thin tape I can use to isolate the area and get maximum sanding done first?
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Old 04-09-2012, 10:19 PM   #2
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Old 04-09-2012, 10:24 PM   #3
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Buffing is the easiest way, no tape needed.. if not, u can wet sand it (sometimes u can get it even but still see wetsanding strokes) so if its not even, buff the whole panel after.
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Old 04-09-2012, 11:43 PM   #4
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I had also planned to compound polish the final area with meguiers 105 and 205. I may use regular masking tape to start the sanding process and remove the top part of touch up paint.
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Old 04-10-2012, 12:34 AM   #5
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in my thread about detailing I wrote about this. Get a new pencil and get some 1500 grit paper... measure out the paper the same size as the eraser and attach it with some rubber cement ... sand it VERY lightly until you can start to see it barely touching the OE paint, then use your compounds.
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105 is a good compound by the way. A bit to dry for me, a lot of people use the "Kevin Brown Method" and swear by it.
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Buffing is the easiest way, no tape needed.. if not, u can wet sand it (sometimes u can get it even but still see wetsanding strokes) so if its not even, buff the whole panel after.
he can't just buff it.. he'll wind up with a lump in his paint. Buffing will not level the area.
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Old 04-10-2012, 05:09 PM   #8
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in my thread about detailing I wrote about this. Get a new pencil and get some 1500 grit paper... measure out the paper the same size as the eraser and attach it with some rubber cement ... sand it VERY lightly until you can start to see it barely touching the OE paint, then use your compounds.
Awesome idea. I hadn't thought about a pencil as a sanding block. I'll take a look at the post you are reffering to. Thanks!
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Old 04-10-2012, 07:37 PM   #9
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....a standard hole punch should make some nice round cut-outs from your sheet of sand paper to fit your pencils.


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Get a soft block and some 2000 wet. You're going to have to buff the surrounding area regardless.
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Get a soft block and some 2000 wet. You're going to have to buff the surrounding area regardless.
Again... if the block is to big he will remove unnecessary amounts of already thin paint. Yes he will have to buff it.


OP ... when you do get to buffing you may even just want to try the 205 first... might take just those small sanding scratches out.
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