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      10-30-2012, 05:00 PM   #1
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Removing Etchings - Need Advice

Take a Look, here's what I'm working with. Also some haze going on with these panels. Talked to a painter and he advised that this could be removed (etchings and haziness) with a 3000 grit wetsand and polish. He was very hesitant to do any paint work to correct the problem.


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Take a Look, here's what I'm working with. Also some haze going on with these panels. Talked to a painter and he advised that this could be removed (etchings and haziness) with a 3000 grit wetsand and polish. He was very hesitant to do any paint work to correct the problem.




Try to polish it out with a DA first before sanding.

What type of equipment do you have? Polishes??? Pads????
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They look like water spot etchings; no need to wet sand (most likely) and definitely no need for respray. Use compound, then polish, then final polish.
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You dont need to wet sand that..not even use an agressive compound..

Light to medium duty compound and then polish should do it
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I have experience using an orbital, but not a DA. How about the haze? Is this a job best left to a professional?
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The haze can be polished out with a m205 and a finishing pad. That combo might even work on the water marks (with a DA). These are not an uncommon occurrence and can easily be handled by a novice with the right technique.
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Thanks for the tips all. I'm going to head over to detailed image and get sorted with some products. Sounds like I can do this, rather than pay a professional, so I'll buy my own gear I'll post pics of the process and results.
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this should be very easy for you.. like the others have said. a medium compound polish maybe paired up with the LC orange pad on a DA should tackle this.
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I have finished the hood and fenders and the results are stunning. Pics to follow, but thanks for encouraging me to tackle this myself! Pads are now drying after being cleaned.
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