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    Default What are the Effects of polishing new paint too soon?

    I have just finished spraying the lacquer on my VXR rear insert, It needs rubbing down with compound to smooth it off and give a nice finish.

    Now I know you are meant to leave it for a couple of weeks, but I really want to put it on the car this sunday.

    So what will be the effects if I rub down on saturday? I understand it will end up leaving soft paint, but TBH I will never machine polish it anyway as it is only a rattle can job. Will there be any offer effects from polishing too soon?

    Or will 4 days be enough time to allow it to cure?

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    Personally I would give it a few weeks if possible, but I am not an expert. When I have had my car back from the body shop that is what they have said. I didn't think it was because it would go soft, I thought it was that it is more likely to chip and peel etc and basically it won't last as long? Who knows, I am sure an expert will be along soon! If you want consider this a free bump!!

    Why risk it? Why not put it on sunday as planed then polish it up until next weekend?

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    I need to rub it down mate, with compound, which will be a pain in the bum if it is on the car, may even need a wet sand if it does not look right after compounding.

    I could fit the exhaust and leave the insert off for now I guess.

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    Theres no issue with polish, that im aware of, its sealing it with wax or sealant thats the issue. The paint continues curing for up to a month, if you seal it it wont cure properly(release the vapours).

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    I was only gonna rub it with compound no sealing, but I have read do not put anything on it.

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    Anyone know or done it? What were the results?

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    When your motor has been in paint shop for painting they buff it up before you get it back which is not 4 weeks down the road ....i paint quite a lot but tend to use cellulose paints as 2k are deadly on your lungs (Big C) and i buff mine up the next day and never had a problem yet

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    Quote Originally Posted by signumboy View Post
    When your motor has been in paint shop for painting they buff it up before you get it back which is not 4 weeks down the road ....i paint quite a lot but tend to use cellulose paints as 2k are deadly on your lungs (Big C) and i buff mine up the next day and never had a problem yet
    Cheers mate. This did cross my mind, they must get rid of any nibs, before returning which can only be done with either compound or wet sanding.

    Ill give it a go on saturday.

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    If it has only been painted with a rattle can leave it for a month , the paint will be far to soft for a week or two at least if you want to speed it up leave in your airing cupboard/ on top of your water heater overnite on top of some towels or similar anything that will hold and absorb heat upto 70-80 degrees .
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    Well we will find out soon enough lol, I wanted it on the car 2 morrow, so I wet sanded it, rubbing compound then finished with ultimate compound. We will see.

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