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    Re: Hand Sanding Techniques

    Quote Originally Posted by retrofinisher View Post

    One thing I avoid is folding both ways- it makes the corners protrude into paint surfaces and can make crevices.
    I've seen some very talented people use the paper this way and get great results, my personal preference is to wrap like this...





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    Re: Hand Sanding Techniques

    Tomorrow is my first day to do a chip repair test on my worst black car? I purchased 1,500. Is that to aggressive?

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    Re: Hand Sanding Techniques

    how much pressure should I apply when sanding?

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    Re: Hand Sanding Techniques

    can i use the grit paper without using the sanding pad???

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    Re: Hand Sanding Techniques

    Quote Originally Posted by Pro01 View Post
    can i use the grit paper without using the sanding pad???
    Well, you can, but you probably shouldn't, and here's why: Without a backing pad of some sort you end up with very uneven pressure points from your fingertips. We've seen cases so severe that you could actually detect the finger marks in the sanded surface, and that's because even if you hold the sheet of sanding media flat against the length of your fingers, even with your fingers held close together, you aren't able to apply uniform pressure because of the area between your fingers. So you're putting pressure down with the length of your finger and cutting much effectively there than with the small space that still exists between the fingers. This can lead to what looks like a banding in the finish, or even a waviness that looks uneven.

    If you can't find a dedicated sanding pad, find something similar that offers a bit of flex. A small block of wood is probably not the best because it wont' flex at all. A very firm sponge would be a better choice.
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    Re: Hand Sanding Techniques

    okay..thx michael..

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    Re: Hand Sanding Techniques

    worked for me did a 1997 volkswagen mk3 convertable last week! after readin post here! worked flawless. and M105 did the job well.!!
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    got i love thise products and forums of meguiars! cuts my work time in half and doubles the perfection of my customers cars!

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    I see you used 2500 for this example Mike. Is that the grit recomended for the last step, or do you go further. Local supply shop told me to start with 1000, 1500, 2000 and then M85. I have a few areas that the M85 wont remove the scratches. Could be they are from the 1000.......

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