Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Got an old car that you plan on repainting?

If you have an old car that you plan on repainting, then this is the perfect time to brush up on your buffing skills.

 Before going to town buffing the car I clay barred the heck out of the roof to get at least 20 years of grime build up removed.

I used a couple different products to help the clay slide. Both pictured below. 

I used 3M's perfect IT line buffing compound and went to town on it with a Harbor Freight Buffer. Kept the speed between 3 and 4 on the dial and took my time applying light pressure and keeping the buffer moving at all times. Never let it set in one place and never operate the buffer with one hand.

No this is just with the Heavy cut compound. You should follow up with a foam pad on the buffer and a fine cut compound to remove any swirl marks and to give a more perfected shine. I may just buff the whole car now. Always be cautious around edges and keep things moving. 

Always be aware of the rotation of the pad and extra cautious around parts that may get caught in the pad, especially the spoiler, 1979 - 1984 Mustangs and Capri's had a 3 piece spoiler and if you catch the side pieces you could very easily break the spoiler, which is getting harder to track down these days. Take great care when working with power tools and wear safety glasses compound will spray everywhere. 

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