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Has anyone tried wet sanding there factory paint? I can stand all the orange peel in the nice black paint. I was not sure how much clear coat the factory puts on the trucks though. Its an 03 if it matters. I am having the bed repainted and would like to get the rest of the truck looking top notch too. I was going to try it out on the bed before the truck for testing, Just didn't want to waste my time.

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as a professional painter i would tell you to yield caution. you can do it but do not use anytihng more aggressive than 2000 grit. even with that you need to be careful. problem with factory paint is that its almost always thinner than it would be from a body shop. its a gamble really. if you lightly sand it with 2000 you should be ok. problem is your lightly sanding and my lightly sanding are probably two different things. Be very careful.

you may just want to try to wash it using a mild clay bar, then go over it with a quality glaze,(using a buffer ) then polish then wax. this will bring a lot of shine back to the paint which will make the "orange peel " look less.

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could a person do some sanding on the original clear and then have more clear shot on so as to have a real thick clear coat on there? And then color sand...

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Yes it can be done but to do it correctly you have to go through all the steps of a normal all over paint job such as tearing the vehicle down so you may as well go ahead and fix the debts and scratches and whatever else needs fixed. If you just re cleared it you will only make any defects left behind stand out even more. If you sand a scratch out then you just sanded through the clear, if you sand out a bird dropping blemish then you just sanded through the clear.if you don't sand out that bird dropping then it will just be a shiny blemish, if you don't sand out that scratch no matter how small it then becomes a shiny scratch if you clear over them. Understand where I'm going with this?

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I've done it before on several vehicles. Just gotta be clean it real good and use a fine grit paper. If you don't know exactly what your doing, it's probably best that you have a pro do it.

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No matter what kind of paint work is being done you have to be sure to clean it real good

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Has anyone tried wet sanding there factory paint? I can stand all the orange peel in the nice black paint. I was not sure how much clear coat the factory puts on the trucks though. Its an 03 if it matters. I am having the bed repainted and would like to get the rest of the truck looking top notch too. I was going to try it out on the bed before the truck for testing, Just didn't want to waste my time.
I'll start a new thread and post a series of videos on wet sanding. This is something that as a novice, you do not want to try on your pride and joy. Use the videos to help you learn to practice on a old clunker. After you get good and realize how much work wet sanding is, you may want to rethink doing it at all! I wouldn't do my entire car if someone paid me but then I'm kinda lazy in my old age.

I posted the new thread here.

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No matter how good you are at wet sanding.. Doing this to a factory clear is always a gamble because as i said before, Factory clears are notoriously thinner than what a body shop would apply.

you would most likely not beable to go deep enough to remove all the "orange peel" and if you did i would bet on other paint issues down the road due to UV damage that the clear is supposed to stop.

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i would go with what mattsn says clay bar it and use some 3m finish glaze then some good wax , i used clay bars on many of my trucks and its the cats azz when it comes to makin the orange peel less noticable , did u know that there are only about 5 car manufacturies that buff there cars off the assemley line ,.

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i would go with what mattsn says clay bar it and use some 3m finish glaze then some good wax , i used clay bars on many of my trucks and its the cats azz when it comes to makin the orange peel less noticable , did u know that there are only about 5 car manufacturies that buff there cars off the assemley line ,.

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Actually, clay barring only cleans the paint. It removes the impurities, grit and dirt that may be present. It won't do anything for you orange peel. If the paint is clean, then the wax will appear to have a deeper shine. This may help hide some of the orange peel but if you look at it up close or as your paint is reflecting something with contrast, that orange peel will be there, staring you in the face.

I just deal with mine. I'll take care of it if I ever decide to paint the car.

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