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Old 10-12-2013, 04:45 PM   #1
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Fixing old touch-ups

So, rather than buy the Langka kit, I took the advice of a couple of guys here, and have been wet-sanding with 3000-grit. After sanding, I've cleaned the area, then applied Meguiar's Ultimate Compound with a hand-pad, to clean up the hazy clear-coat, and finishing with Meguiar's Ultimate Polish.

So far, the results have been STUNNING!

Bear in mind, these are tiny, individual spots, rather than an area. Still, I am VERY pleased with the results.

On the next spots I work on, I'll do before/after pics. You can still see there were touch-ups, but they are much smoother, and the paint blends much better than before.

Thanks for all the input folks!
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Can you give some pics of before and after to see the difference? I'm interested in this also!
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Can you give some pics of before and after to see the difference? I'm interested in this also!
I certainly will. It's surprisingly easy, for individual spots. I wouldn't tackle a large area, but that's just my own fear.
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I certainly will. It's surprisingly easy, for individual spots. I wouldn't tackle a large area, but that's just my own fear.
Don't fear it. Just be careful. I've done a **** ton of sanding on my final paint. As long as you're going slow and check your work constantly to make sure you don't get through your clear coat then it's all ok.
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Don't fear it. Just be careful. I've done a **** ton of sanding on my final paint. As long as you're going slow and check your work constantly to make sure you don't get through your clear coat then it's all ok.
That's good to know. What I'm dealing with is touch-up blobs on factory clear-coat. The touch up spots were much larger than they needed to be. They showed up on the hood plain as day. I just wanted to clean them up.
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That's good to know. What I'm dealing with is touch-up blobs on factory clear-coat. The touch up spots were much larger than they needed to be. They showed up on the hood plain as day. I just wanted to clean them up.
If the blobs are too big then you can go to a smaller grit like 1500 and use the side of a paint stir as a level way to sand. Then switch to 3000 then 5000 grit to clear up the heavier sanded area. Then use a good three step polish to make it like new.
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If the blobs are too big then you can go to a smaller grit like 1500 and use the side of a paint stir as a level way to sand. Then switch to 3000 then 5000 grit to clear up the heavier sanded area. Then use a good three step polish to make it like new.
Thanks for the tip! The spots aren't ridiculously big. Just the typical touch up with the brush on tiny rock chips. I'm considering removing all of them with lacquer thinner, then touching them all up again, and sanding. The leading edge of my hood, and my bumper look like hell. I'm surprised the paint is so fragile on these cars.
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When are the pics coming???
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When are the pics coming???
Lol!! Right now!

This is the typical 'before' touch up. I have these all over the front end.


And this is one of the spots after wet-sanding, compounding, and polishing.


As you can see in the 2nd pic, the chip is still visible. But, not nearly as bad as the before pic.
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Thanks for the tip! The spots aren't ridiculously big. Just the typical touch up with the brush on tiny rock chips. I'm considering removing all of them with lacquer thinner, then touching them all up again, and sanding. The leading edge of my hood, and my bumper look like hell. I'm surprised the paint is so fragile on these cars.
Be really careful around edges and areas where it's uneven. It's really easy to sand through clear in those spots.
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Lol!! Right now!

This is the typical 'before' touch up. I have these all over the front end.


And this is one of the spots after wet-sanding, compounding, and polishing.


As you can see in the 2nd pic, the chip is still visible. But, not nearly as bad as the before pic.
Holy **** that's amazing!!!
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Holy **** that's amazing!!!
I'm pretty happy with the results. And, its surprisingly easy. Just follow the steps I gave, using a delicate touch. I tried 2 little spots, but won't hesitate to do the rest.
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