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    Re: The Power of 3000 Grit

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    Okay then! I'll try it.. Thanks Mike for the info!
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    Wanted your opinion on a rock chip on my front, right wheel well. The rock chip took it down to metal. You can see 2 layers of paint and bare metal. I bought an aftermarket paint kit and after cleaning, applied multiple coats of primer, then, the midcoast and clear coat (it's a 3 color mix). The pea size chip is now "pregnant". If I purchased the 3000 grit, could I effectively smooth the bump out and get it seamless with the original surrounding paint? It's right on the edge of the wheel well so it isn't that noticeable now that paint is on it. I was originally going to wetsand with 3000 grit by hand but this seems better. Thanks!

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    I love this idea! The owner of the paint shop I used to patronize recommend that to me years ago. I thought he was nuts!

    I'm not sure if you remember, but a little while back I posted my journey on the megs fb page of a Porter Cable 7424xp + Rupes blue microfiber pad + M105 vs. 1000 grit sanding marks.

    I wasn't at all expecting the results I got, and it made me question the need for me to use a rotary, or a large throw machine at all.

    My theory is that if said combination of tool, pad, and liquid are sufficient for me to remove those defects on that paint, there isn't much I won't be able to handle with just the humble 8mm throw d/a.

    It is very rare that I would ever need such an aggressive combination. I once polished out finger nail gouges around a door handle with Ultimate Polish, and a yellow Rupes pad on the PC.

    This makes me believe that the d/a machine will be the tool of the future, especially if there would ever be a way to adjust the stroke, as to permit working in tight spots, currently only accessible with a rotary.

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    Re: The Power of 3000 Grit

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    Wanted your opinion on a rock chip on my front, right wheel well. The rock chip took it down to metal. You can see 2 layers of paint and bare metal. I bought an aftermarket paint kit and after cleaning, applied multiple coats of primer, then, the midcoast and clear coat (it's a 3 color mix). The pea size chip is now "pregnant". If I purchased the 3000 grit, could I effectively smooth the bump out and get it seamless with the original surrounding paint? It's right on the edge of the wheel well so it isn't that noticeable now that paint is on it. I was originally going to wetsand with 3000 grit by hand but this seems better. Thanks!
    The foam 3000 discs will conform to the bump and sand the surrounding paint too much. My current favorite way to sand down the touch up bumps is with the 2000 grit sanding block. You can follow up with the 3000 disc to make buffing it out easier, though it's not 100% necessary.
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    Re: The Power of 3000 Grit

    Quote Originally Posted by punkguins View Post
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    Wanted your opinion on a rock chip on my front, right wheel well. The rock chip took it down to metal. You can see 2 layers of paint and bare metal. I bought an aftermarket paint kit and after cleaning, applied multiple coats of primer, then, the midcoast and clear coat (it's a 3 color mix). The pea size chip is now "pregnant". If I purchased the 3000 grit, could I effectively smooth the bump out and get it seamless with the original surrounding paint? It's right on the edge of the wheel well so it isn't that noticeable now that paint is on it. I was originally going to wetsand with 3000 grit by hand but this seems better. Thanks!
    CCC4me makes an excellent point here:
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    The foam 3000 discs will conform to the bump and sand the surrounding paint too much. My current favorite way to sand down the touch up bumps is with the 2000 grit sanding block. You can follow up with the 3000 disc to make buffing it out easier, though it's not 100% necessary.
    Just as he points out, the 3000 grit finishing disc has that integral foam backer and it will conform to the rise of the "pregnant" paint blob. You want to very effectively level that down, and using either a 2000 grit sanding block, or a piece of 2500 grit sandpaper wrapped over a firm block, works best for this purpose. If you can't locate the sanding block, then take a small piece of dense foam (like our E7200 backing pads) and cut off a piece about an inch square and wrap a small piece of 2500 grit sandpaper around that. Work just that small area of the paint touch up and you'll quickly level down the bump. Don't try using the sandpaper and your thumb, either, as your thumb will also wrap around the paint touchup and you won't level it. 2500 grit sanding marks should buff out very easily with a DA, a microfiber cutting pad and a little M100. Over the holidays I hand sanded the entire rear bumper of my Crossfire with 2500 grit and buffed it out with that combo - piece of cake!

    The only concern we have here, however, is exactly where on the edge your chip repair is. If it is, quite literally, on the very edge then you have to consider the potential effect of sanding and buffing right on that edge. Remember, paint tends to be very thin on panel edges due to the way it migrates when sprayed onto the car. You'll need to be extremely cautious with your sanding, paying especially close attention to where that sandpaper might be touching the edge further away from the paint touchup. Keep your sanding stroke very short. That will prevent you cutting too deep on the end of a sanding stroke where you might not be paying as close attention, since most likely you'll be concentrating on the touchup spot itself. We've seen too many first time sanding situations where the operator lost sight of the very immediate surrounding (and, yes, we're talking literally an inch away from the trouble spot!!!) and sanded through to the primer.
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    Re: The Power of 3000 Grit

    Quote Originally Posted by drumdan View Post
    I love this idea! The owner of the paint shop I used to patronize recommend that to me years ago. I thought he was nuts!

    I'm not sure if you remember, but a little while back I posted my journey on the megs fb page of a Porter Cable 7424xp + Rupes blue microfiber pad + M105 vs. 1000 grit sanding marks.

    I wasn't at all expecting the results I got, and it made me question the need for me to use a rotary, or a large throw machine at all.

    My theory is that if said combination of tool, pad, and liquid are sufficient for me to remove those defects on that paint, there isn't much I won't be able to handle with just the humble 8mm throw d/a.

    It is very rare that I would ever need such an aggressive combination. I once polished out finger nail gouges around a door handle with Ultimate Polish, and a yellow Rupes pad on the PC.

    This makes me believe that the d/a machine will be the tool of the future, especially if there would ever be a way to adjust the stroke, as to permit working in tight spots, currently only accessible with a rotary.
    Tall stroke DAs are wonderful, no doubt about it. I happen to love mine, but they do have limitations. A really good shorter stroke tool can do wonders, and anyone looking for such an animal need look new further than our new MT300. We demo'd this tool all week long at SEMA, using the new burgundy foam cutting disc and D300 to remove 3000 grit sanding marks from the very hard Ceramiclear paint on a Mercedes SLS AMG Gullwing. We could have done the job faster using microfiber pads and M100 but A) we wanted to show off the new foam discs, and B) we wanted zero dust in our booth. The foam cutting disc and D300 worked like a charm, and the somewhat slower cut was perfect for the week long demo. Had we used microfiber/M100 we could have buffed out the entire car the first day and would have had nothing to demo the rest of the week!!! That's how effective that new tool can be.
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    Re: The Power of 3000 Grit

    Someone was kind enough to scribble with a ball point pen on my car bonnet. Did the fingernail test and does not grip. Tried using ultimate compound and does not come off. Keen to know if wet sanding with the 3000 grit would help remove these fine lines. Even though these are not visible immediately when closely inspected, its visible. Has been a constant eyesore for me and need to get them scratches off. I live in a condo, hence need to do all by hand to keep the noise out.

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    Re: The Power of 3000 Grit

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    Someone was kind enough to scribble with a ball point pen on my car bonnet. Did the fingernail test and does not grip. Tried using ultimate compound and does not come off. Keen to know if wet sanding with the 3000 grit would help remove these fine lines. Even though these are not visible immediately when closely inspected, its visible. Has been a constant eyesore for me and need to get them scratches off. I live in a condo, hence need to do all by hand to keep the noise out.
    Wet sanding most likely would remedy your situation, but since you're forced to do this all by hand to eliminate noise, we don't recommend taking this approach. The hand sanding part is all fine and well - if you've done it before and are comfortable with the process, but we don't recommend that you self teach on a car you care about! The problem, however, is the removal of the sanding marks by hand. On modern clear coat that's not going to be an easy task at all. Remember, even 3000 grit sanding will make the paint have a very matte appearance and the only way to bring the gloss back is to buff it out. A good, high powered DA polisher with the right compound and pad (M100 on a microfiber pad tends to work extremely well here) is highly recommended.
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    Thank you all for the support and encouragement.

    I do have wet sanding experience, and managed to get rid of the scratches using the 3000 grit. Since the condo is limitation, took the chance during the late afternoon hoping the kids playing along with their screaming and yelling will drown out my Power tool with DA attachment. Bingo, DA and UC worked some magic, swirls and scratches are gone, finished the job off with Ultimate polish and Paste Wax.

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    Re: The Power of 3000 Grit

    Quote Originally Posted by hgangesh View Post
    Thank you all for the support and encouragement.

    I do have wet sanding experience, and managed to get rid of the scratches using the 3000 grit. Since the condo is limitation, took the chance during the late afternoon hoping the kids playing along with their screaming and yelling will drown out my Power tool with DA attachment. Bingo, DA and UC worked some magic, swirls and scratches are gone, finished the job off with Ultimate polish and Paste Wax.
    Success!!!!
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    Re: The Power of 3000 Grit

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    With compounding with an electric DA, moving to 3" pad from a 6" is stepping up in aggressiveness.
    Assuming the same media, is moving to the 3" sanding disk/media from the 6" sanding disk/media stepping up in aggressiveness?

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