When should you wet sand a car?

When should you wet sand a car?

If the clear coat on the paint has scuffing and scratches, however, wet sanding may be the right solution for you.

  1. Scratches that are deep enough to expose metal cannot be resolved through wet sanding alone.
  2. Wet sanding primarily repairs damage to the top layers of paint and clear coat.

What grit sandpaper do you use to wet sand a car?

1000 to 1200 Grit – When you need to remove base coat imperfections, this grit range will do the job. Be sure to use the wet sanding technique for best results. 1500 to 2000 Grit – When you need to smooth out surface imperfections and scratches before and after applying the clear coat, this is the grit range to use.

Can you wet sand a car to remove scratches?

This type of scratch will be easily removed with a little bit of wet sanding and buffing. If the scratch doesn’t disappear when wet, but looks white, it is most likely down to the paint layer. If you can’t see metal, wet sanding should still be an option.

Is wet sanding necessary?

Wet sanding is likely not necessary if you’d prefer a matte or brushed finish. If you want to have this glossy finish, you’ll dry sand first and then wet sand. You can always finish off by buffing and polishing if you want to reach a mirror-like finish.

Do you use soap when wet sanding?

The wet part of wet sanding refers to the use of water or some other liquid as lubrication to help carry away grit particles that are removed. In general, the best liquid to use for most materials is water with a little bit of detergent in it. (Dish soap works well.)

Can you clear over 600 grit?

600 grit is aggressive enough to sand it flat without doing any damage to the clear coat. Remember, it is plastic, so too coarse of sandpaper can get very difficult to remove scratches from. Everything must be flat with 600!! You will be able to feel the texture through while you’re sanding.

How long before you can wet sand runs in clear coat?

Before wet sanding and buffing clear coat, allow the clear coat to settle for at least one day at room temperature.

Should I wet sand before I clear coat?

Wet-sand the base coat before starting the clear coat. Wet sanding makes the surfaces smoother. If you wet-sand the base coat, wash the vehicle with soap and water after this step, not before. Once the base coat is smooth and clean, start spraying on about three to four layers of clear coat.

How long after painting a car can you wet sand?

Work very lightly on the corners and edges and only by hand. Also, it’s recommended to wait about one month after the paint job is completed before sanding. That’s the best way to ensure the paint is fully cured.