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  • mpierich
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    I would never use a machine to get the orangepeel out of paint...but then I'm pretty much old school. And if it's bodacious orangepeel, compound alone ain't gonna get it anyway...

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  • EazyM3
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    Originally posted by mpierich
    It's like painting a car - usually the clearcoat needs to be color-sanded after it cures (unless you're an excellent painter and don't have any orangepeel).

    When I've painted cars, I've used 800 or 1000-grit _wet_ paper to get rid of the orangepeel, followed by 1500 then 2000 wet for a high gloss.

    You might get it with rubbing compound if it's not too deeply textured. BUT, whatever you use be very careful on the high spots - it's real easy to sand right thru the coating.
    just wondering... i got a Porter Cable 7424 buffer/polisher for Vday. can i use an aggressive polish with a foam cutting pad for the clear coat, then move on to a mild polish with a polishing pad to finish it off i'm not sure how familiar you guys are with detailing (neither am i really) but i just built up a detailing kit for a hobby mainly using Zaino products....

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  • mpierich
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    Originally posted by EazyM3
    for fear of getting kicked outta the house, where can i buy a heat lamp?
    Actually those el-cheapo quartz workshop lights from Home Depot, etc. put out a lotta heat. Or check in the powdercoating section here, maybe they use them...

    Just be careful, don't wanna melt yer clearcoat.

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  • EazyM3
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    for fear of getting kicked outta the house, where can i buy a heat lamp?

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  • mpierich
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    Originally posted by EazyM3
    so i should wait a month?! no wait, cook it in my oven?! LOL, you guys crack me up....
    Yes, those are two alternatives. Take your pick. Heat speeds it up.

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  • rides20
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    It's delicious with butter!...Garnish with rosemary..HAHAHAHAH

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  • EazyM3
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    so i should wait a month?! no wait, cook it in my oven?! LOL, you guys crack me up....

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  • mpierich
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    Originally posted by pickleboy
    if you cant wait that long then you can try to force cure it in the oven on the lowest setting for about an hour. if you use the house oven then you will need to run the self clean cycle after to cook off any residue.
    Pickle if you have a wife she must be a saint, lol...

    Could use a heat lamp or forced hot air too, but since he has no experience didn't want to confuse things. The product docs should tell him all this (but might have to dig for it).

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  • pickleboy
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    Originally posted by mpierich
    I'd wait a month if you can. Keep it in a warm place. Use a lttle detergent. Light pressure. Go in one direction.
    if you cant wait that long then you can try to force cure it in the oven on the lowest setting for about an hour. if you use the house oven then you will need to run the self clean cycle after to cook off any residue.

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  • mpierich
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    Originally posted by EazyM3
    yeah, no painting experience, so i'm pretty scared to cut through the clear coat. i'll try the 1000 grit, 1500, and then 2000. how much pressure do i apply sanding by hand? should i use soap and water? i applied about 3 or 4 coats on there, so is that enough to sand? do just sand back and forth?

    also, how will i know when the paint cures? do i really have to wait 7 days like it says in the back of the can?
    I'd wait a month if you can. Keep it in a warm place. Use a lttle detergent. Light pressure. Go in one direction.

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  • rides20
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    Wait for it to cure first!..If it isnt done, wet sanding wont help you. It'll just get kinda sticky. Start with the 2000 first, jost so you can get comfortable with it. Avoid the edges of the spokes and other high spots because it is not all that hard to go through! Just be careful, take your time, and check often!...Apply only a tiny amount of pressure, or just use the weight of your fingers.

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  • EazyM3
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    Originally posted by mpierich
    It's like painting a car - usually the clearcoat needs to be color-sanded after it cures (unless you're an excellent painter and don't have any orangepeel).

    When I've painted cars, I've used 800 or 1000-grit _wet_ paper to get rid of the orangepeel, followed by 1500 then 2000 wet for a high gloss.

    You might get it with rubbing compound if it's not too deeply textured. BUT, whatever you use be very careful on the high spots - it's real easy to sand right thru the coating.
    yeah, no painting experience, so i'm pretty scared to cut through the clear coat. i'll try the 1000 grit, 1500, and then 2000. how much pressure do i apply sanding by hand? should i use soap and water? i applied about 3 or 4 coats on there, so is that enough to sand? do just sand back and forth?

    also, how will i know when the paint cures? do i really have to wait 7 days like it says in the back of the can?

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  • mpierich
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    Re: Need help polishing my wheels: PLEASE!

    It's like painting a car - usually the clearcoat needs to be color-sanded after it cures (unless you're an excellent painter and don't have any orangepeel).

    When I've painted cars, I've used 800 or 1000-grit _wet_ paper to get rid of the orangepeel, followed by 1500 then 2000 wet for a high gloss.

    You might get it with rubbing compound if it's not too deeply textured. BUT, whatever you use be very careful on the high spots - it's real easy to sand right thru the coating.

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  • EazyM3
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    thanks for the brake cleaner tip. the brake cleaner didn't really work on the Easy Off damage but it worked great for cleaning up the rims. i ended up wet sanding the damaged areas with 600 grit and got most of the spotting off. then i put on some white gloves and used the brake cleaner to clean off all the rims.

    then on Sunday morning (today is Monday), i used VHT clear coat (the made specifically for wheels) on all the rims. i misted the first 2 clear coats like the instructions said, and applied 3 other coats 10 minutes later like the instructions said.

    the problem i have now is that the clear coat dulled the shine and has a texture to it. after some research, i found out that i should let the paint cure for 7 days and then use rubbing compound to buff the texture clear coat off. DOES ANYONE KNOW IF THAT WILL WORK i'm kind of skeptical. autozone sells the "Turtle" rubbing compound... is that good enough? or should i pay more for the 3M stuff online?

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  • rides20
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    It's good that you're "taking the bull by the horns" and just going for it!...The wheels look great. Especially for a first timer! Keep on doing what you're doing..we all make mistakes, and that's why we're all here. Keep up the good work, and most important...keep asking questions, it's how we ALL learn!

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