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      03-13-2011, 10:51 AM   #1
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Mirror Works - Wetsanding e36 M3

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I've started putting more time into detailing cars recently, just have too much fun with it not to do it more.

I was working on my car yesterday afternoon. the front end of the car was resprayed 2 summers ago when I hit a damned deer. Since then the orange peel left by body shop has been a thorn in my side.

NO MORE!

I finally decided to wetsand the peel out and polish.

Anyone living in the Maryland area feel free to shoot me a PM if you have any interest in detailing services from maintenance washes to full paint correction


wish I had brought my good camera for this, but the EVO4g actually does pretty good.

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A reflection on my hood when I started, you can see it simply not a crisp, clear reflection. damned orange peel



Test section after wetsanding. Wiped clean and dried to see what the sanding has done.



Orange peel still evident on the outside of my sanding area.



Fully sanded down, smooth, no peel



Buffed the 2000 grit sanding marks out w M105, 2 passes and got this

much much better!!! I was so excited to see this result



side by side



Now the real work begins. Entire hood and front fenders need the same treatment



Sanded down, did some more touch up sanding after this photo



1/4 polished w M105



me hard at work, what a workout. I need an orbital. Flex will be on order soon I think.





Hood polished out w M105





Fender sanded



Fender polished



Then repolished w a finer polish to really bring out the depth and clarity

followed up w 2 coats of JetSeal applied w black pad.



gave 20 minutes for each coat to cure, spent that time detailing the interior.



Test pot of Dodo Juice, love this stuff. So easy to apply and remove, depth is incredible and beading it fantastic.



Done!



Now thats some clarity baby!! (actually a bit out of focus....stupid camera)



outside in the evening light, so good. Washed the rest of the car. Will polish to get rid of RIDS after 2 years of washing since last polish then give it the seal/wax.

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Wish you were closer to Phila. Beautiful car you have and a wonderful job you did.
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Now that was a hell of a job! Looking great!
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Nice, me and jpslick are polishing the cars tomorrow. Winter made my paint look like shit. I already did it once last summer and it took damn near 9-10 hours, this time around I will probabaly take longer.
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Nice work Matt. I might have to give this a shot to fix the shoddy work the body shop did on my hood. But then, of course, Id have to do the rest of the car =)
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Great work! Talks about a transformation!
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Great results. How did you do the wet sanding? With a felt sanding block and 2000 grit sandpaper?
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Great results. How did you do the wet sanding? With a felt sanding block and 2000 grit sandpaper?
2000 grit 3M paper soaked for a good while in regular warm tap water wrapped around a cut 2x4 lol, I didnt have an appropriate sanding block and couldnt find anyone locally that sells them so I improvised.

worked great, must be careful, keep the sanding strokes the same direction and keep spraying on water. It causes a mess and the paint after sanding looks like absolute hell but once polished, just damn!

I can recommend that its a good idea to either full protect the rest of the car that might have water drip down into it or rinse out all cracks with high pressure water before any water dries. I now have dried clear coat dust stuck below the headlights. Will have to remove them to clean it
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Sniz, that is excellent. The process really opens up some possibilities for how to fix orange-peel and other paint problems. Think I'll give it a try!!!! Thanks!!!
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Sniz, that is excellent. The process really opens up some possibilities for how to fix orange-peel and other paint problems. Think I'll give it a try!!!! Thanks!!!
just be careful , the clear coat is not very thick (generally) and without the ability to measure the clear coats thickness your rolling the dice.

I was wetsanding a respray area that I know had thick clear so I wasnt worried but on OEM paint I'd refrain without the correct equipment.
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Looks GREAT! Love your E36 too. Makes me miss mine, wish I didn't sell it.
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