View Full Version : wet sanding VHT tails.


Nimitz87
10-23-2007, 08:39 PM
I just painted my tail lights and they turned out pretty good...however they aren't very shiny as the stockers were, how do I go about wet sanding?

this is my first time painting anything car related so please explain it slowly lol...I managed to make it through the VHT process with the help of the guide.

thanks

Chad

Pheonix
10-23-2007, 10:02 PM
What did you clear them with?

Nimitz87
10-23-2007, 10:10 PM
What did you clear them with?

rattle can. dupli color

heres a shitty picture...but best I can do since its dark.

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h185/nimitz87/tailights5.jpg

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h185/nimitz87/tailights4.jpg

Chad

Pheonix
10-23-2007, 10:46 PM
Man i'm not too sure about rattle can, but if it was me i would clear them with automotiive clear and forget buffing. If you want to buff them i would sand with 2000 and buff with 5936 3m buffing compound with a black foam pad and the lowest setting on the buffer.

Pheonix
10-23-2007, 10:50 PM
if you were to sand those lights and have them prepped ready for clear, i'm more than sure any painter around there would not mind shooting clear for like 20.00.

Boosted 99 TA
10-24-2007, 02:00 PM
should have sprayed it from the inside of the tail light

vMaster0fPuppets
10-24-2007, 09:44 PM
I used whatever clearcaot was at autozone and wetsanded with 1500, 2000, 2500, the polished with poorboy's ssr2.5, optimum compound.

Came out like this....

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a398/vMaster0fPuppets/PhotoShoot043.jpg
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a398/vMaster0fPuppets/PhotoShoot036.jpg
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a398/vMaster0fPuppets/PhotoShoot022.jpg

Nimitz87
10-25-2007, 12:53 AM
should have sprayed it from the inside of the tail light

wtf? no one has done this...or recommended it.

Chad

Nimitz87
10-25-2007, 12:54 AM
masterofpuppets- Nice! that just showed me I need to go wet sand mine pronto.

any tips?

after you wetsand you just polish?

Chad

coldkillinTA
10-25-2007, 12:59 AM
just use a water hose outside and set it so water barely comes out in a small steady stream, then work your way up in grit (i.e. 1500, 2000, 3000) until smooth but make suer not to break through all the layers of paint. Then use a buffer like a Porter Cable with a heavy duty swirl remover/compound and work your way up to a polish, then make sure and seal it to protect it.

vMaster0fPuppets
10-25-2007, 05:13 PM
yea, after the clearcoat sets jsut treat it like paint.

It was cold out, and I wanted to watch TV while wetsanding, so I did some in the sink, and some while pouring water from a cup over the tailight into a bucket sitting on the couch.

I don't know what I went up to in grit, but my PC took all the sanding marks out. And yes, put some sealent or wax on it.

Nimitz87
10-25-2007, 05:23 PM
yea, after the clearcoat sets jsut treat it like paint.

It was cold out, and I wanted to watch TV while wetsanding, so I did some in the sink, and some while pouring water from a cup over the tailight into a bucket sitting on the couch.

I don't know what I went up to in grit, but my PC took all the sanding marks out. And yes, put some sealent or wax on it.

sounds good...just bought my 1500, 2000, and 2500 today going to start sanding them, after that i'll do the polishing.

thanks

Chad

vMaster0fPuppets
10-25-2007, 08:28 PM
de nada,

Just be careful when sanding around the edges, you'll sand through the clearcoat quicker than you know it.

Nimitz87
10-25-2007, 08:35 PM
de nada,

Just be careful when sanding around the edges, you'll sand through the clearcoat quicker than you know it.

alright, its okay if i just sand them tonight right? I won't have time to polish them...just making sure.

thanks

Chad

Wicked2002TransAm
10-25-2007, 09:41 PM
those camro tail light look good

vMaster0fPuppets
10-25-2007, 10:08 PM
I sanded them hours after I finished spraying clear (technically I should have waited a couple days for it to cure).

But yea, after you sand them you can technically wait as long as you want to polish

Boosted 99 TA
11-06-2007, 11:59 PM
nobody has recommended it...that doesnt mean anything. I did it and it looks great still shines good.