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Old 08-26-2005, 04:35 PM
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Buffing, wet sanding??

My 95 E320 has a nice looking original paint job. I have been told to wet sand it by some and buff it by others, to clean it a bit. Paint shines, I see no problem with it. THe car lived indoors for most of its life, up to May 04, afterwards has lived outside.

What should I do to the paint, other than waxing it?

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Old 08-26-2005, 05:17 PM
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you shouldn't need to wet sand it.

You should probably wash the car, clay bar it, then compound it, use some swirl remover, some polish, wax and some glaze.


Not 100% sure on the order of everything, as I don't detail my car, my brother does it for me...

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Old 08-28-2005, 10:45 PM
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thanks , I will have to look further into this.
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You should not need to wet sand your car unless it was repainted. Mine was just painted and after 3 months of sitting, i finally went ahead and wetsanded and polished it out. Unless you have serious scratches, you shouldnt need to do that. Most people just misuse that word.

For cleaning up your paint, grab a makita polisher, 3M compounds and some wax. Use according to directions and your paint should look brand new.

I did this for a dealership for a year and one of my bosses always used the term wetsanding for anything which was pure ignorance.

Clay and cleaner wax should do it and a real coat of wax is all it should need. Doing any wetsanding is a few houndred bucks in equipment to get it right and buffing a car by hand wont get the deeper scratches that are in there right now.

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Old 08-29-2005, 05:03 PM
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I just used clay bar on my 380SE,( which has excellent paint and where I had polished and waxed and it looked great)...but after using the clay bar and applying new wax coat it is fantastic! Didn't really notice much contamination coming off with the clay bar but after I was done was amazed at the smooth finish and sheen.
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Old 08-31-2005, 01:21 PM
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That's what I though, as I think I said before, my car slept indoors all its life until I took ownership May 04, so the paint is nice... clay I can understand, and this was a body shop telling me, LOL...

I am going to have to do the clay / wax routine, did it once before on a prior vehicle
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That's what I though, as I think I said before, my car slept indoors all its life until I took ownership May 04, so the paint is nice... clay I can understand, and this was a body shop telling me, LOL...

I am going to have to do the clay / wax routine, did it once before on a prior vehicle
they probably told you that so that you can screw up your paint so that you can come to them later on the get it repainted. if you don't know how to wetsad, it will be a bad job done. the only reason i can see the wet sand, is if bird dropping was left on the paint for too long or if the paint was just put on.. which the paint shop should do themselves.
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Keep in mind that most clearcoats are only about 3-4 mm thick and if you not experienced doing this you could ruin your paint job. Was the car ever color sanded before? That would make the clearcoat even thinner. Leave this type of work to the pros.
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