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Started Color sanding today getting some good results. Nervous about it so I started with the 2000 grit realized it would take a month at that rate so I went to a 1500 than even lower to 1000. The back valance picture is after a wet sand and a buffing with the 3M Perfect-It. This is the first compound out of a 3 step compound system. I use to think it makes no since to sand a decent paint job but so far I think this extra step is worth it. I say his now, if I hit color at some point I know I will be changing my tune.
 

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Looking real good! That blue looks even better in the light.
Keep working on it and you will be very happy with the results I am sure.

I just hope mine turns out as good this spring when I try my first paint job on my vert.
 

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Did you then go from 1000 to 1500 to 2000 in a X pattern?
 

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I know you guys have never heard from me but it is time I dive back in to my 68, so you will be seeing me on here I am a auto collison tech (20) so any questions just ask. What I would do depends on how clean and slick (texture) the paint job is, If you would like a smoothe with no peel than start with 1000 wet and a hand pad and go up to 1500 and then 2000 and keep it clean. I use 3000 on DA sander wet to finish. It really makes buffing a lot faster. and use the 3m foam pads white first with 3m #1 coumpond then black pad with #2 and blue pad #3 . The foam pads are less likely to burn . And just remember to run buffer spinning off panel on edges and flat on the rest.
 

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First causality of color sanding and buffing occurred last night. Had the hood sanded down and was buffing out the scratched when the corner of the scoop gabbed the buffing pad and burned through the clear. Damn! I now have a silvery looking one inch long 1/8 inch wide gash at the edge of my nice shinny scoop.
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..That's why I do NOT Buff!
The things I do is as follows:
When I get the layers of clear on, I spray 2 coats extra, then after a few weeks,when the paint is fully cured, I get wet sanding with 600grit so the panels are getting just as smooth as can be without any texture.
after I get this done, I give the car a layer of clear to bring back the gloss, the last clear coat will be thinned extra also!! Then you have a mirror shine also, without the buffing and the problems you can have stated above!
and, with buffing, you can not get in every area of the panels, but with spraying paint you can!
Ps: get the Devilbiss Pro GTI, The Best!!! Good Luck!!!
 

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Can you take the scoop off? Sand it down with 400 or something, spray base, then clear, put it back on.

If you can't take it off, you need to use tape and paper to isolate it so that paint won't get one any other part of the car.
 

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It was a little upsetting but I figure if that’s all that happens I’m in good shape. Once I get done with sanding and buffing I will probably have other things that I find that needs some “modification” in some manner. Another thing that happened was I was buffing the scoop by hand and heard a pop. In looking very carefully, I realized that the seam between the hood and scoop had separated, nothing that can be seen unless you push on the scoop and even then it’s microscopic but it is still another casualty.
Yea, this stuff bothers me but from where the car came from to where it is now is absolutely amazing. I can now drive the car and have it get the respect the car deserves. Before, with all the body damage, bondo, and mismatched paint it was embarrassing to me and the car. Now when I have her in the drive way color sanding and buffing , I can tell that cars coming down the street have a tendency to slow down as they approach my house. It could be there just slowing down “because”. I think, along with believe, most slow down to get a quick look at the car and try to figure out what year that good-looking Mustang is. Ha Ha<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com<img src=" /><o:p></o:p>
 

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I can tell that cars coming down the street have a tendency to slow down as they approach my house. It could be there just slowing down “because”. I think, along with believe, most slow down to get a quick look at the car and try to figure out what year that good-looking Mustang is. Ha Ha<o:p></o:p>
As prideful as it is, isn't it a great feeling though?!?

As for the seam- was it glued on, or did you actually use filler and blend the seam together? You could maybe get some clear 2-part epoxy and smear it in the crack, then use some degreaser or something to wipe off the excess.
 
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