Wet Sanding/Buffing tips

Wet Sanding/Buffing tips

Blocked with Acrylic Wet Sanding Blocks

Typically when wet sanding with acrylic blocks, I will apply 4 coats of clear in one spray, allowing more flash time for each coat.  The reason we do 4 coats of clear at once instead of flow coating or "double clearing" is because we want adequate clear mil thickness without a recoat layer.  


For example if using Global D8152 glamour clear, spraying in about 80 degrees F, I will give it ten minutes between my first and second coats. Between the 2nd and 3rd coats 20 minute flash time and between the 3rd and 4th coats 30 minute. A method which will safeguard you from having trapped solvents.


Preferably I will let the clear dry overnight then bake it with an infrared light, at a metal temp of 130-140 degrees F, which will bake the clear from the inside out, rather than bake the clear in the booth. To get a super straight finish we want our clear fully cured and hard from the bottom up. 


What we DO NOT want to be sanding on a "rubber ball". 


Blocked With Foam Blocks

The typical steps when wet sanding with a foam block are 800g, 1200g,1500g, 2000g and 3000g progressively all done by hand. Using just 3000g on a DA will ruin the super flat finish you've been trying to achieve. 


Having applied 4 coats of clear in one spray we ensure that we have enough mil thickness to affectively block our clear straight and the reason we must start aggressiveis to get the clear truly straight. Think of it like body filler, we wouldn't start blocking filler with 320 or 400 so why would we start blocking clear with 1200-1500g? 


Once we have completed the sanding stage its time to buff. Personally I like using the 3m step 1 compound with a rotary buffer to start, followed by a Rupes blue WOOL pad, finishing of by the Rupes Yellow foam glazing pad. 


The images above show a great example of the difference between the two wet sanding methods. The left photo was blocked with acrylic blocks 800-3000 the right photo was blocked with a durablock 800-3000. Notice the difference in the straightness of the reflection!


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