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Oliverb

Lacking The Glossy Look..

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Hi everyone...

I have an issue that is bugging me (along with many others lol) and I know it would most of you guys too...

Basically if you haven't read my build thread ... All my zetec s body skirts have all been sprayed by my dad...

To be fair he has done a decent job.. However when I look at my car long enough and inspecting everything from all angles I have noticed that the parts are not as glossy as the body of the car..

Would a good old electric buffer do the job to bring the skirts to life to get the glossy look I want !?

Or would I need a professional respray to do this ... I really hope not ?

Please suggest anything that may sort this issue...

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Thanks mate will have to do that later when finished work .. I don't have FB so will have to use the misses account lol...

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I would guess the more paint layers and laquer the deeper the shine , although a good buffing should help.

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It's all in the spraying and the buffing... When spraying you can easily damage this "glossy" effect you are referring to, as it only takes the gun to be too close or not set up to the correct PSI to put too much on the final layers... As within the metallic paint the "flakes" which lay down on the paint are the things which reflect and give you this "glossy" shine.. So when put on heavy it gives less of a glossy shine.

Also the as you stated above, you can finish your paint job with a GOOD cutting compound which you would then buff up using buffing pads and usually and electric buffer (oscillating buffing tools are usually best for beginners), but before you use your compound you should also sand down your CURED final lacquer coat (I usually leave them for 24-48 hours), using very fine wet and dry. This could also achieve your "glossy" finish.

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It's all in the spraying and the buffing... When spraying you can easily damage this "glossy" effect you are referring to, as it only takes the gun to be too close or not set up to the correct PSI to put too much on the final layers... As within the metallic paint the "flakes" which lay down on the paint are the things which reflect and give you this "glossy" shine.. So when put on heavy it gives less of a glossy shine.

Also the as you stated above, you can finish your paint job with a GOOD cutting compound which you would then buff up using buffing pads and usually and electric buffer (oscillating buffing tools are usually best for beginners), but before you use your compound you should also sand down your CURED final lacquer coat (I usually leave them for 24-48 hours), using very fine wet and dry. This could also achieve your "glossy" finish.

Brilliant thanks for your advice buddie ,

I will take on board what you have mentioned and see what I can do ...

You sound like you know your stuff..

Much appreciated :-)

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Brilliant thanks for your advice buddie ,

I will take on board what you have mentioned and see what I can do ...

You sound like you know your stuff..

Much appreciated :-)

Not a problem, let me know if you need any advice, I've sprayed a fair bit myself from small to large scale, and also the family in the spraying business lol.

Anytime.

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