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Tim Lingor
Jan 2nd, 2005, 01:03 PM
Hey,

Normally I avoid wet sanding a paint finish unless it is a car destined for car shows. I usually spend a LONG time carefully going over the finish, making sure not to miss anything.

But sometimes a person can get a little bored especially when it is winter and cold outside. As my wife headed out to go shopping, I thought, “Hmmm…what can I do around home???� :D

Our washing machine is at least 12 years old. It is one of those heavy-duty 2-speed, with a deep stainless steel drum machines. It even has a brake that sounds like air brakes when it stops the drum from spinning! Pretty cool feature! Anyway, the machine is pretty scratched from being basically a basement workbench! I do not think a day has gone by where there has not been something on it—a clothes basket, pop cans etc… So, I decided to wet sand the lid!

Here are a couple of pictures of the lid before I began wet sanding.

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/6600_IMG_3263c.jpg

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/6600_IMG_3267c.jpg


As you can see, the lid was extremely swirled with really deep scratches. I did not intend to remove all of the scratches, as some were just too deep. But I did want to clean it up a little. Time to get started:

* Meguiar’s Unigrit Sanding Papers 2000 Grit S-2025
* Meguiar’s Backing Pad E-7200

In a bucket of water, I placed fresh water with a drop or two of Meguiar’s Shampoo Plus to use as an additional lubricant (I would have normally used #00 Hi-Tech Wash but sadly, I ran out of it!). I let the Unigrit paper sit in the water a good ½ hour, then proceeded to wet sand the finish.

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/6600_IMG_3271c.jpg

I made several passes, applying plenty of water to the surface. After every 10 strokes or so, I checked my progress. I needed to take it REAL slowly as I had no idea how thick this paint would be; after all, it is an old washing machine!

After finishing the sanding, here is what the finish looked like. It looked better already!

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/6600_IMG_3272c_c.jpg


So, I did the next step:

* Meguiar’s #85 Diamond Cut 2.0
* Meguiar’s W-4000 Wool Pad
* Dewalt Rotary buffer

The tools. I leave my Dewalt rotary set up for compounding and use my Makita rotaries for polishing work.

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/6600_IMG_3287c.jpg

I buffed out the sanding marks with the rotary spinning 1800 RPM. Luckily, the paint was not too hard and the buffing marks came right out.

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/6600_IMG_3290c.jpg

I followed up with the rotary and:

Meguiar’s #84 Compound Power Cleaner with W-7006 Cutting Pad (1800 RPM)
Meguiar’s #83 Dual Action Cleaner Polish with W-8006 Polishing Pad (1800 RPM)
Meguiar’s #66 Quick Detailer with a W-9006 Finishing Pad (1400 RPM)

In the end, it turned out quite well. There are still deeper scratches I decided not to go after. But overall, I am pleased!

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/6600_IMG_3290cc.jpg



Now, I have to go finish the rest of the washing machine before the wife gets home!!! Next time I am bored, the dryer will be next!!!
:D :D :D

Tim

RamAirV1
Jan 2nd, 2005, 03:26 PM
Great job! That has to be the shiniest washer I've ever seen, even compared to brand new ones! Why don't you try some NXT on it?

RamAirV1

Tim Lingor
Jan 2nd, 2005, 03:31 PM
Hey RamAirV1,

Already have!! Since taking the pictures I added a coat of NXT Tech Wax just for kicks! Man, does it shine and have a tremendous gloss!! :xyxthumbs :D :D

Tim

macdude
Jan 2nd, 2005, 08:05 PM
*Hahahaha* That's some awesome detailing. I'm sure the wife must be grinning ear to ear!! In fact, I think you could change that "car crazy" moniker to just "crazy"! :xyxthumbs

FlaresideLariat
Jan 2nd, 2005, 08:10 PM
2hotford:

Oh man, you are car crazy! That is one good looking washer though:xyxthumbs. I remember when I first got my PC I went so far as to polish my plastic toilet seat lid (which is black) and my ceramic bathroom sink (just the top...black too). The toilet didn't have much improvement but the sink looked better. :laughing

sky8811
Jan 3rd, 2005, 05:41 AM
Originally posted by 2hotford
Hey,

Normally I avoid wet sanding a paint finish unless it is a car destined for car shows. I usually spend a LONG time carefully going over the finish, making sure not to miss anything.

But sometimes a person can get a little bored especially when it is winter and cold outside. As my wife headed out to go shopping, I thought, “Hmmm…what can I do around home???� :D

Tim

Wow Tim,

all I can say.....:bow :bow :bow

Tim Lingor
Jan 3rd, 2005, 06:05 AM
Thanks everyone! :)

My wife is starting to wonder about me too!! :D :D J/K!


Tim

gb387
Jan 3rd, 2005, 01:15 PM
Looks great! For the pro detailers out there, you could add another service for your customers:D

tripper_11
Jan 4th, 2005, 05:27 AM
this is not only hardcore detailing but rather "EXTREME" detailing!

:D :D :D

Mojo1
Jan 7th, 2005, 03:31 PM
The first pictures it looks dark grey ,then white?What am I missing here.:(

gb387
Jan 7th, 2005, 03:40 PM
Thats the before, I would guess the lighting wasn't ideal to get the white to look white... look at the last couple you can see the shine an depth in the side of the washer that the work was done on.

Mojo1
Jan 7th, 2005, 03:43 PM
NO doubt the thing looks great ,I wont show that to my wife though!:xyxthumbs

Tim Lingor
Jan 7th, 2005, 04:08 PM
Hey,

Because of the lighting, I could not show the swirls if the flash on the camera went off. There was nothing for the camera's auto focus to lock onto. So I had to change ISO to 400 and turn the flash off. After I detailed it, the camera could "lock" in on the light bulb's reflection, thereby giving a proper white balance to the photo.

Here is a before shot, before I turned the flash off. Notice the lack of reflection due to the horrendous swirls? The camera could not lock on to anything.

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/6IMG_3266_Small_.JPG



Tim

Mojo1
Jan 8th, 2005, 02:46 AM
Hope the sides and the back turned out that good too! :D :bounce

Tim Lingor
Jan 9th, 2005, 11:39 AM
Originally posted by Mojo1
Hope the sides and the back turned out that good too! :D :bounce

The sides turned out really well! They were no where near as scratched up as bad as the top!

But there was one problem...I had to put up another shelf as my wife does not want to place anything on the washer from now on! :D Man, what I get myself into!! :D :D :D

Tim

JeepZJlover
Jan 13th, 2005, 04:49 PM
not to sure about the paint thickness but usually well built appliances use epoxy paint

tripper_11
Jan 21st, 2005, 07:07 AM
Tim,

Some very basic question:

If I use the W4000 wool pad with the rotary to DACP some light scratches, (i don't know what do I call very deep swirls, so I just call them light scratches), will the process instill buffing marks or some light swirls? If so, do I need to follow it up with W8000 polishing pad and either #83 or #80? I have never used the wool pad since I'm of the impression that wools instill light swirls or marring. In this case, would #80 on a W8000 pad remove this minor defect left by the wool pad?

If this doesn't get answered, I'll try to start another thread...:D

Tim Lingor
Jan 21st, 2005, 07:44 AM
Hey,

Using a wool pad will most often lead to some swirls and/or holograms. These will need to be buffed out using a less aggressive pad like the W-8006/W-8000 Polishing Pad and a product like #83 DACP. Depending on how hard/soft your paint is, will determine if you could use #80 Speed Glaze and a W-8006 pad to remove the swirling caused by the wool pad or if you will need #83.

Does that help? :)

Tim

tripper_11
Jan 21st, 2005, 08:06 AM
Thank You very very much! Exact answers!:bounce