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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-15-2005, 03:14 PM Thread Starter
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Assuming the original paint is good on a vehicle but the clear is scratched (but not through the paint). Could you lightly wet sand and feather the areas and then just spray some light coats of clear over the areas that are marred, let it dry and buff it out? Or, would it be feasable to lightly sand the whole car and do a new clear coat? BTW/ color is opalessent (or pearl as some call it) and I understand it's a pita and mucho $$$ to do a new paint job.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-15-2005, 04:30 PM
 
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nope if you try to feather the clear you will burn through the base. better off to sand the whole car seal it and shoot it. darrell
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nope if you try to feather the clear you will burn through the base. better off to sand the whole car seal it and shoot it. darrell
Seal it with what? And shoot it with paint or with clear? Thanks for the reply.

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If they are just light scratches you can wetsand them with 1200 grit, and then have the affected area re-cleared. Then wetsand it lightly with 1200-1500 afterwards, overlapping with the old clear, and then buff it out. Make sure you only go deep enough to get the scratch to where you can't feel it, and going into the paint just a touch won't hurt it, as long as you don't go all the way through.
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Thanks Rich!

That's the answer I was looking for. I think it will be OK if I'm really careful.
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If they are just light scratches you can wetsand them with 1200 grit, and then have the affected area re-cleared. Then wetsand it lightly with 1200-1500 afterwards, overlapping with the old clear, and then buff it out. Make sure you only go deep enough to get the scratch to where you can't feel it, and going into the paint just a touch won't hurt it, as long as you don't go all the way through.

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the front bumper on my car was just re-cleared, it has the original paint on it. The hood has new paint though.

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lots of warm soapy water and a couple clean pieces of sand paper. i would hit the areas that need love and spend the majority of time highspeed buffing it all together. make sure you also have a heavy orbital buffer to smooth out the swirl marks before you wash it all down. i would really try avoiding reclearing anything. if you spend time buffing with a quality product there is really no reason you should have to clear anything. i have done this to numerous cars, including the bird, that were hammered from acid rain. the people wanted a new paint job but after i had it for a couple of hours, it was glass.

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