Wetsanding Single Stage 2K Urethane Orange Peel

Posted: October 15, 2014 By: DaveChurch

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    DaveChurch

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    I recently sprayed all the panels of my 83 Toyota Pickup with Eastwood’s single stage Pin Up Red. I have painted a couple motorcycles and smaller projects in the past, but this is the first time doing a full vehicle and it is turning out pretty good so far.

    For the most part, the paint flowed out well, but I still ended up with a little bit of orange peel. It isn’t super bad and the average person would likely not notice it, but it will drive me nuts if I don’t sand it out (See pictures below). I’m not looking for a perfect showcar quality paint job, but I know a lot of custom car builders that have spent over $20K on paint jobs before and I simply want them to say “dang, you did that yourself?” So here are my questions:

    1-What grit should I start with? I’m thinking 2000 to 2500 to 3000. I have all the paper already from polishing motorcycle frames so the cost of going the extra mile to 3000 isn’t anything but work.

    2-What should I buff with to ensure that I don’t cut away too much paint? I should be pretty thick so I have forgiveness, but I don’t want to unknowingly get something too aggressive.

    3-Should I wet sand with the panels on or off the vehicle? Right now, they are off but I wasn’t sure if there was a benefit to putting them back on the truck to wet sand.

    Here are the pictures:
    Doors really aren’t too bad:
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    Nor are the fenders (the first picture below all the way to the left is about the most extreme extent of the orange peel)
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    And the hood is probably the worst out of everything (again, it’s not super bad, but I can definitely do better).
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    Thanks for your thoughts and help,

    Dave

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