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shortyx250 04-27-2011 02:35 PM

Wet Sanding
Hey I am about to wet sand my S&S. Should I go in a circular motion when doing this? Or can you go up and down or side to side?

BrianM 04-27-2011 03:10 PM

Go one direction then when you move to the next finer grit paper do the opposite. Easier to see when you have removed all of the previous grit scratches that way.

MC205 04-30-2011 08:16 AM

A circular motion will also make it more difficult to buff out with a circular polisher. At least this was my experience when doing mine.:o

shortyx250 05-02-2011 11:40 AM

Thanks guys. I wet sanded one side of the boat over the weekend with 800 grit. It was milky looking. What is this? Also how do I know how much to sand? I got it smooth again and am going to hit a sextion with the compound and buffer. I was going to also hit it with 1000 grit. Should I go up to 1500 before I start to buff?

BrianM 05-02-2011 12:10 PM

Sand it out with 1000 grit first then hit it with some 3M Heavy Duty Compound on a wool pad. The compound will take out the 1000 grit scratches but not 800. Compound will also leave it looking a bit hazy. Follow the compound with 3M Finesse-It-II polishing compound to bring back all of the shine.

Doug G 05-02-2011 12:42 PM

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What Brian said. Here is this weekends results. I however did not need to polish, I was able to go right from compound to wax. Did a section with polish and without and could not find a difference. Pink is now red and the decal remnants are gone.

shortyx250 05-02-2011 12:59 PM

Thanks, Also I am seeing some silver flakes behind the gel.

BrianM 05-02-2011 01:39 PM

If you are getting into the actual silver flecks you have sanded too far. The metal flake has a clear gel over the top. You do not want to sand all the way through it.

shortyx250 05-02-2011 02:08 PM

I am seeing this all over the boat. I only sanded one side. I guess my gell is gone or thin, and the sun has faded the paint of the flakes maybe.

jconover 05-02-2011 02:18 PM

pictures please!

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