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#1060 of 2924 Wet sanding
Apr 25, 2005 (6:45 am)
My friend has wetsanded my 99 Mustang GT, the silver looked absolutely stunning, like a freaking mirror and when it was dirty, you could hardly tell. He charges me $300.00 for this, which is a lot less than the 700-1100 he charges non-friends. For a laugh he did my wife's '98 Contour, a Toreador Red that was incredible, when I put the car for sale, it was sold by the forst person who saw it. Actually, same with the Mustang.
Then he did my 2002 Volvo S60 T5, black saphire, and my wife's 2002 Explorer EB, black. He had a hard time with the Volvo but it turned out great. Apparently, he says that Ford's paint is very durable and reacts well to the wet sanding process. He is a little concerned about the newer Fords, like mine, and cars in general as the paint is getting thinner and thinner.
He gets extremely fine sandpaper, so fine to the touch it feels soft and with a hose of running water gently rubs the entire car down. It takes quite a while with a 2" x 3" piece of sand paper! then he reapplies the clearcoat and wax and you have a car that looks like a mirror. Forever. it is something that is and can only be done once. no more orange peel.
I will wait a few months, let the car get exposed to sunlight and then do it. For now a simple buff will do.
#1061 of 2924 Re: Wet sanding [cmnott]
Apr 25, 2005 (7:10 am)
Reapplies the clearcoat??? You mean he actually repaints the car after wetsanding? Are you sure it's not just polish followed by wax?
#1062 of 2924 Re: Wet sanding [akirby]
Apr 25, 2005 (10:26 am)
Well, if you were to see the car after he wetsands it, you would be firghtened. It looks like it needs to be repainted! Yeah, he reapplies the clear coat, then polishes. When I say clear copat I mean the finish, not a clear coat of paint.
#1063 of 2924 Re: Wet sanding [cmnott]
Apr 25, 2005 (10:46 am)
I'm confused. Clear coat is exactly that - a clear coat of paint. Paint with no pigment. It goes on over the base color in one or more coats. It has to be sprayed on just like any other paint. So does he actually repaint the clear coat, then polish and wax?
#1065 of 2924 Re: interesting article...... [graphicguy]
Apr 25, 2005 (4:18 pm)
"It redesigned the Mustang on the Jag S-Type platform..."
The only thing it shares with the DEW98 platform (S-type, LS, Tbird) is the floor pan and fuel tank. EVERYTHING ELSE IS NEW. Do these automobile writers not even read the articles in competing publications?
#1066 of 2924 Sharing parts
Apr 26, 2005 (4:58 am)
The only thing it shares with the DEW98 platform (S-type, LS, Tbird) is the floor pan
And even that's a stretch to say because the Mustang is a good bit shorter in length than the other DEW98 platform mates. Therefore the floor pan stampings can't be all that similar either.
#1067 of 2924 Sorry akirby
Apr 26, 2005 (7:25 am)
I am confusing you. Ijust dropped the car off today for a buff. He was going to test a spot to see if the car is suitable for wetsanding.
This is the definitive answer. He says cars come with 3 or 4 coats of clearcoat. He will remove 1, maybe 2. he does not reapply clearcoat. The orange peel effect happens from too much clearcoat. The less clearcoat, the more color, the deeper it looks because it is more visible underneath the clearcoat.
I hope it will be able to be wetsanded, as he also says many companies are only puttin two coats of clear.
#1068 of 2924 Re: Sorry akirby [cmnott]
Apr 26, 2005 (7:46 am)
Don't know if you stated this before, but why are they "wet sanding" your car?
I'd have to disagree with your "painter" that the less clearcoat the more color.
The entire reason car companies went to clear coats was to give the car pigment more depth and shine. Plus, it serves to protect the pigment layers underneath the clear coat.
Orange peel effect has nothing to do with clear coat. It has everything to do with how the paint was applied, though. While you can lessen the "orange peel" effect by using a polishing compound, wet sanding is totally unneccessary and a harsh alternative.
#1069 of 2924 interesting lunch encounter.......
Apr 26, 2005 (9:16 am)
Came back from lunch today and noticed something on my Mustang's windshield. Someone left their business card with a note stating "love your car! if interested, I'd be willing to buy it for $28,000"
Now, who knows if the person is legitimate or not, but at that price, it would be about $2,400 OVER what I paid for it new and about what the MSRP was. I've got ~1,000 miles on it, too.
I doubt I'll call, but who knows....curiosity may get the better of me.