New Paint Defect Pictures

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    New guy to the forum. Lots of great information here. I have learned a lot just from reading the last couple of days. I haven’t been able to find my exact problem so I thought I would post it here.

    I built this BBQ pit from the ground up. I didn’t know much about painting so I took it to a local shop who painted it at a low cost to me. He used a single stage paint (polyurethane) I believe. Over all it looks pretty good. Nice shine, color etc. The problem is it has small defects (like sand) in the paint. They are scattered out about every 6-12 inches or so. I am wanting to get these out, but not sure where to start.

    Do I wet sand with 1000-2000, then polish/buff, or should I try and polish it out with with my rotary buffer first? The paint looks like it has small metallic flakes which makes me worry if I should even touch it. I have read where wet sanding a metallic paint should be avoided. I took some pictures which I hope will help.

    First pic is of the BBQ pit overall, the others are of typical defects in the paint

    Thanks in advance

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