When you wet sand....

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  1. Paulie Walnuts

    Paulie Walnuts Im an agent of chaos

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    Is there a specific type of sand paper to use? I realize that there are grit differences and such but if I can get 2000 grit at Home Depot does that matter that its not specifically made for clear coats?
     
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    yea the kind that doesn't fall apart once it meet water.
     
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    yes they sell wet/dry sanding paper for car finishes. typically they have a wide range, and you can get as fine as 3000 grit. I personally would use 1500-2000 most times.
     
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    Yeah I just cant find it locally. I am going to get a junk panel and try sanding soon.
     
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    Most auto parts store carry wetsanding paper. I hear Meguiars Uni-grit is as good as it gets though and you'd have to get that through a Meguiars reseller on line or at a local Meguiars professional products distributor.
     
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    Yes I have heard that as well. I looked at ADS but right now its too much money.
     
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    If you can find a local auto paint supply store, you can pick up some 3M. I did a car 2 days ago with 2000, then compounded with OHC, OC, then #83/OP. I would've preferred to go over again with some 3000 before buffing, but we didn't have time (been helping a painter out while business is slow). He used 3M Extra Cut before I buffed, and his wool pad was very dirty, so it realllly swirled the hell out of the paint. It was a "gift" job (about 1/2 normal labor, charity), so he wasn't extremely concerned with the final result.
     
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    you can probably go to the 3M website and find a dealer near you.
     
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    How do you know when to wetsand vs trying to get it out with a rotary?
     
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    Try with a rotary first, if that doesn't remove the defect(s), then try wetsanding.
     
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    Wetsanding is something I'm wanting to learn how to do. I think I'm going to pickup some supplies this week and start practicing.
     
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    Well I have a scratch on my car and its through the clear and color paint to the primer. I was wondering if I wetsanded it I could lessen the appearance.
     
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    If it is all the way to the primer, get some touch up paint, build it up a bit, then wetsand and buff it out.
     
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    what he said
     
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    2000 grit sandpaper rated for auto body repair, is almost identical regardless of brand (Norton, Meguiar's, Bulldog). It's a great grit for wetsanding--and safe too. Just follow with a light compound and medium or light foam pad and call it a day. Forget 2500 or 3000 grit...you're overthinking things at that point.
     
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    use a sanding block
    add small amount of soap to the water
    tape/avoid edges
    use 800-3000 grit depending on paint thickness, current condition and preferred results

    +1 for UniGrit, but they all work well
     

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