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post #11 of 37 Old 23rd June 2010, 04:33 AM Thread Starter
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Stage 10: 2000 grit individual parts
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Stage 11: Body 3000 grit wet sand

With the aggressive 2,000 grit hand sanding stage complete, we moved to a finer grade - 3,000. The body was fully wiped down with a 50/50 mix of alcohol and water to remove all dust and clear the surface. 3M's trizact system in 3,000 grit was applied to a DA sander; speed was set at half speed. Using water for lubrication, each panel was sanded in stripes roughly 3' wide.

This stage removed all scratches from 2,000 grit and fully leveled the paint. Now, there is not a single scratch or wave in the paints surface.
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Stage 12: 3,000 grit panels
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Compounding was done in 3 stages.
1. 3m wool compounding pad with Presta ultra cutting creme
2. 3m foam compounding pad with Presta ultra cutting creme
3. Cyclo green polishing pads with perfect it two rubbing compound

The first two stages were done with a Dewalt high speed rotary polisher and the 3rd stage with a cyclo orbital polisher with counter balanced polishing heads. After each stage, the vehicle was wiped down with a 70% rubbing alcohol to check for remaining swirls and blemishes.
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stage 13: compounding and start assemble
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Stage 14: Decklid compounding

Perhaps the most time consuming and nerve racking step in this entire detail would be the decklid. Sharp, multi angled louvers make prep work and compounding a very tedious task. Special compounding disks that are much smaller were used to access all surfaces. The same sequence of compounding was followed as the body.
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Stage 15: 1st stage polish

The 1st stage of polish starts the "finishing" stage of the recondition process. There will be no more stages of "cutting." Each stage from this point on will further enhance the depth and gloss of the surface.

With a DeWalt rotary polisher and a blue finishing pad, Mezerna intensive polish was applied. This stage removes any swirls or blemishes caused by compounding and brings the gloss back into the paint. Polishing will be done with the hood installed; decklid will be polished off the car.
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Stage 16: 2nd stage polish

Auto Glyms super resin polish was applied using the Cyclo machine and Cyclo polishing pads. You can really start to see the paint pop now.
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Bumper returned from body shop. It must now be wet sanded and polished.
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