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Wet sanding black paint?

I was watching some 4x4 show last Sunday and they had a black Jeep on that they did some modding on. One of the things they did was to restore the paint. It had swirl marks, tiny scratches, which is what I also have.
They used 2000 grit wet sand paper and some kind of three part buffing/ polish compound but I didn't get the name of the product used.
like I said, it was three part that used three different buffing pads.
Can anyone tell me what to use and what works best?
Also, where can I buy this stuff and what type of buffer tool should I use.
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If you've never wet-sanded your truck is not the place to start.

Find yourself a donor vehicle or at least a hood or trunk lid first.

Wayne will pop up here soon with Adam's Polishes (site sponsor) and I think you can find all the information you'll ever want or need at www.meguiarsonline.com forums.

Post up some bright sunlight or halogen light/flash-assisted photos so we can see what types of swirls and scratched you have. That'll give the forums a better idea of how to steer you toward what you need.

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Thanks, I'll see what kind of photos I can come up with. Might be a few days because you can only see them in sunlight, and it is cold and snowing here today.

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I didnt know what I needed through adam's polishes and honestly didn't want to wait on it to be shipped. I know, I know Im impatient. But, I washed my truck real good and got the meguiars clay bar kit. (comes with 2 clay bars, a towel, spray bottle, and sample of cleaning wax). That worked well and then I went back over with a coat of Meguiars NXT(I think thats the name) and it came out very well. I still have some scratches and Im sure there is something better out there but I was impatient on a saturday, but it came out pretty good. :Thumbup:
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D-man - If you have a xenon or halogen flashlight, grab your camera and take a "reflection" pic using the flashlight to simulate direct sunlight. You can take those in a garage where it's warmer, if you have one.

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I didnt know what I needed through adam's polishes and honestly didn't want to wait on it to be shipped. I know, I know Im impatient. But, I washed my truck real good and got the meguiars clay bar kit. (comes with 2 clay bars, a towel, spray bottle, and sample of cleaning wax). That worked well and then I went back over with a coat of Meguiars NXT(I think thats the name) and it came out very well. I still have some scratches and Im sure there is something better out there but I was impatient on a saturday, but it came out pretty good. :Thumbup:
You weren't impatient on Saturday. You were cold! laugh

The clay bar kit and NXT is a good starter combo. We should do a truck detail day for the Carolinas PSD guys sometime. Maybe that'll be the Adam's vs. Meguiars test day :shrug:

I know more than a couple of guys who need their trucks detailed. Me included. :sofa

There's a local (to Greenville, SC) Meguiar's place up on Pleasantburg, just off 29 where you can get most anything they sell. We need to get Jody & Diane down with their stock of Adam's stuff.



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There's a local (to Greenville, SC) Meguiar's place up on Pleasantburg, just off 29 where you can get most anything they sell. We need to get Jody & Diane down with their stock of Adam's stuff.



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that place is closed on saturday, I went by there. Would've been nice to go up there and talk to them and find out exactly what to get, but doesn't help much when nobody's there. :deal:
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Yep, forgot to mention that But most local paint & body shop supply houses (Finishmaster) have Meguiar's stuff on hand. They probably have some type of foam pads, but I don't know what type, brand, etc.

There's nobody at Harris' that can steer you in the right direction. We can meet up some time for lunch and head over there to see what you need.

Or you can borrow some of my stuff when I get it back from my Dad.

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Got a photo

Here's a photo (I hope) of what is probably called spider webbing.
Give me any help you can of a product I can try. I hope it is something I can fix. Thanks again for your help. Darren
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Where are you located again?

What you have doesn't look like it requires wet sanding.

Are you doing all this by hand? If so, try Meg's Scratch-X or something comparable. That's just a lot of hand polishing if you're doing the entire truck. Try it on a section to see if it accomplishes what you're after first.

If you're using a polisher, I would start with something comparable to Meguiar's #80 and see if it accomplishes what you want (test it on a small section of a door or fender).

If it doesn't, then try #83 (make certain you are not using a wool bonnet or cutting foam pad - I prefer a 8006 pad from Meguiars, personally for either of these polishes) in the spot next to the first. No matter what, have extra pads on hand - one for each grade of polish.

Then go back to the #80, follow with #81 or #9 or if you're satisfied with how it looks, you can just wax it.

If #83 doesn't cut it, you'll have to get more agressive. Like a rotary buffer. And compounds - not polishes.


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let me suggest that taping up your door handles and anthing else thats a textured black surface.or youll hate your self by the time that you get finished. because wax or anything else will not come off of that stuff easy at all. i would just buff your truck a few times with buffing compund and a wool pad with not to much pressure. then change to a foam pad with swirl mark remover a time or two and then wax it and it should look good as new.
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