Here we go.
In this post we will cover the few steps that you’ll need to know to properly color sand and how to buff a car.
If you want to take your new paint job to the next level, above and beyond any regular paint job. Something that outshines and stands out from the pack, then you need to master color sanding and buffing.
I’m not gonna lie. It is NOT easy to do.
To get glass finishes and PRO gloss you need to know what you’re doing. If you plan to buff out your basic base coat clear coat paint job… you have two options when it comes to timing.
If doing a job for a customer YES you can sand and buff the day after you lay your clear. You know, getting the job in and out. It won’r hurt to sand and buff clear coat that’s a day or two old.
I personally like to buff out my personal projects a week or two after painting. This gives your paint a chance to cure. The paint hardens. This is good because it allows the paint to shrink and get really hard.
When color sanding and learning how to buff a car, what you are doing is basically cutting your imperfections and orange peel flat with your sand paper. Remember to always use a block.
They also call color sanding and buffing “rub and buff”. Ever hear if it?
You’ll use a 1000 – 2000 grit sand paper to CUT and FLATTEN your paint. When it dries you should see a flat, matt look on your clear. No ripples pr any noticeable paint imperfections. In this sanding process you’ll also have the chance to sand out small dust and derbies that have contaminated your surface by painting in your garage. Watch the video above. I get a lot more into detail within VIP.
Once you sand your panel you will have a flat cut cleat coat. The entire car ir panel will look matt after your water dries off. This is the look you are going for. Don’t worry because I cover all of these steps in step-by-step videos within my video trainings.
Next, you want to start using a good buffing compound. I like 3M. Buffing consists of two steps.
1. The compound stage. Use a buffing/cutting compound. You want to buff small 1′ x 2′ sections. Do not move on until your area is glossy. Don’t worry, at this stage you may still have swirl marks but thats normal. All you are looking for at this stage is a gloss from the original matt look. Before I forget, this is all done using a wool pad. I like the yellow ones. They are a little softer than the white pads.
2. Buffing step two: Glaze. When buffing with glaze you want to make sure that you use a foam pad. This is very important. The foam pad can heat and burn your paint very quickly so be careful. This foam process will take out all of the swirl marks that are left with your wool pad on stage one.
You’ll really start to notice a really glossy finish after completing this step. Remember that it doesn’t take nearly as long to buff with the foam pad as the wool pad does. I say it will take a quarter of the time to buff with the foam pad.
EXAMPLE. If it takes you 30 minutes to completely buff out a hood with stage one; the compound. It will take about 7-8 minutes to go over the same space with your foam pad. Got it?
Once all of this is done you are welcome to wash off your car or project to take off the excess compound that has been splattered or caked up. To put the icing on the cake feel free to put a top quality wax on it for ultra gloss and durability.
That’s it. This is how to buff a car. If you want to see more of this in step-by-step detail check out what our VIP area will do for you. We not only teach you all of the steps you need to know for complete automotive detailing and pro finishing… we cover complete auto body and paint training.
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