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    Can someone please remind me the proper way to prep and spray a car part. I've got an XP spoiler and front splitter to paint up using rattle cans. Budget wont allow bodyshop lol!

    Primer, then flat back using 2000 wet and dry?
    Build up colour coats in thin layers allowing to dry between each coat.
    Flatten back after each coat or just after last one?
    Then lacquer... flat back then polish to shine?

    Does that sound about right?

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    If your using metallic paint, then do not sand back the last colour coat, or you will never get as good a shine as you can.

    I would wet sand the coat before last, with 1500 grit as there will be run's or bits in the colour coat.

    Spray the last coat and leave to dry overnight, spray a few thin layers of lacquer, 3 will be plenty, leave at least half hour between coats, then leave for 24 hours after the last coat. You can then wet sand the lacquer, I was told to use 3000 Grit as it will be easier to get rid of any paper marks when you come to use rubbing compound.

    You really need to leave the paint for at least 3 weeks for the curing process to take place, if you apply polish and wax straight away, the paint will not have time to breath and will stay soft underneath, meaning it will be easier to mark when its on the vehicle.

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    I'll be painting the parts in flame red, so solid paint.
    What rubbing compound should I use? I've got some cutting paste (halfords) in the garage? Would that do the job? Or do you mean some decent polish?

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    Erm, I would get a decent polish, make sure it has some abrasives in it. Megs ultimate compound would do the job well.

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    Any tips to applying the compound? By hand? Machine polish? After that does it just need a normal polish? Thanks

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    All you want to do mate, is rub any grazes that the sand paper will have caused, apply it like a polish, but work it quite hard, once you have worked it, then simply remove with a microfibre, If it needs to be done again, then re apply and work it again. You can apply this everyday for a year and it will not rub through the clear layer, so you really cant go wrong with it.

    After, apply a normal polish nice and gentle this time, again remove with a microfibre, then apply your wax of choice.

    I would not use a DAS 6 on the front splitter, but on the spoiler it should be fine.

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    Are you sure flame red is non metallic?

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    Understood - thanks mate. I've picked up an XP rear bumper with a few scuffs and scratches, so I'll use rubbing compound on that as well to try and improve its condition. Thanks again

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ginge7289 View Post
    Are you sure flame red is non metallic?
    95% sure it's a solid paint... unless someone knows otherwise?!

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    A quick check in halfords will tell you mate. But if it is metallic do not rub down the last coat of paint.

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