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    confused How can i improve the finish on my d.i.y bonnet respray?/

    Hi
    Took a chace on getting the tatty looking bonnet and bummer resprayed buy a good pal with a compressor and gun as he offered to do it for nothing ( as a mate)
    In all , the job came out really well and was looking top class untill the clear coat went on! We put a good heavy wet coat on and all looked well but when it dried it left a bit of a orange peel effect to the finish
    I cant complain tbh because it looks a dam lot better than before as the bummer was scrapped in a hit and run a few months ago and the bonnet had some kind of nasty crap all over it which made the paint go white.
    Im thinkin of maybe polishing it up and getting the wrinkle effect out.

    Can this be done guys?? If so, how should i go about it?? ( hand or machine/ type of compound??)
    It was a good heavy coat that went on so im hopin it will be possible to shine it out.
    Cheers rich

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    You need to wet sand it mate with something like Megs 3000 grit. After that your going to have to polish out the sanding marks with a rotary as a DA wont cut the mustard.

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    For orange peel your looking at wet and dry sanding(1500,2000,2500) then something like Farecla G3 or G6 on a rotory polisher to bring the shine out on the flattened paint. But bare in mind its not a job for the faint hearted though.

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    As the guys above have said, you need to wet sand it, start at 1500 grit and work up, keep it very wet, then finish with some rubbing compound and a rotary polish.

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    Cheers for the tips guys!!

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    I assume that you are using a thinners based paint?
    As all above with the wet and dry but then apply a "**** coat" nice trade name for a coat comprising of one paint to three of thinners as this will impart a real gloss finish, but be Very carefull not to overspray and lay panel flat to avoid "runs". Try it first on a similar surface and ensure that when you spray it is in a warm temperature. Orange peel is normaly a sign of moisture in the air.

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    If you're not 100% confident you should look for a car detailer to do it for you. Might cost you abit, but not as much as a new respray if you do a bad job yourself. Just a suggestion.

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