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Author Topic: Wet Sanding Finally Finished!!!  (Read 1104 times)
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« on: July 25, 2010, 05:39:43 PM »

I have finally finished wet sanding the lower stainless on the bus!  Grin Grin I am going to try including a picture again (first was too large because I was trying to include too much detail) so you can see my progress. I still have several grades of rouge to buff into it, but I am finally done with the bucket of water and cheesy black hands that are shriveled into prunes  Sad If you look close at the picture, you can see a band directly beneath the paint that I didn't finish for fear of accidently injuring the paint and causing more harm than I can fix. This project has taken most of my spare time for the past three years, but I learned something from it--in the future, hire someone with a small brain and a strong back! Grin
It's all good, Will
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« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2010, 05:45:08 PM »

Will,

Looking good! If you use some good 2" masking tape (I like 3M) and mask the paint it will protect it from the accidental slip. As long as you don't get to aggressive and slip to far  Grin I use it when buffing and don't want to accidentally get another area.

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« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2010, 07:30:19 PM »

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Looks terrific!! I know what you are going through, I started mine in January and am nearly finished. I used 320, then 600 then 1200 paper, then went through black, white and blue rouge.  I have no idea how many hours I have spent nor how many jeans, tee shirts and shorts I have ruined from the "dust" but I got to believe it is a lot. Anyway, one trick I learned along the way, after polishing with the black rouge, spray the area liberally with windex (cheap generic is just as good in my experience) and polish until the black is all off then wipe clean. There is something in the windex that really causes the SS to sparkle. Anyway, keep up the good work.

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« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2010, 07:40:08 PM »

I've spent a lot of time polishing many items. You are right. Probably smarter to let someone else do it. But I wouldn't have enjoyed the results near as much! Sometimes the journey is the best part!!
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« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2010, 06:47:24 PM »

The journey is definitely the best part!  Grin There is nothing to compare to the pride I feel when someone comments on how good it's looking. I will definitely try the Windex when I get to that point. Someone once suggested using brake fluid to remove the excess rouge from around the rivets and it took the shine right off. I used 320, 400,600,1000, and then finished off with 1200. I buffed with ECR rouge (Emery 5-Dico product) after each grit of paper to see if I would be happy with it before continuing on to the next grit. After 1000 grit I was happy, but went ahead with the 1200 for good measure LOL. I'm a glutton for punishment  Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2010, 06:52:36 PM »

Actually on bike parts I polished I used brake cleaner to remove all the black crap that got in hard to reach areas. Warning however... do not use around painted surfaces. Try some laquer thinner. It works pretty good.
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« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2010, 06:55:51 PM »

I appreciate the recommendation Scott, but I think I'll stick to the glass cleaner first. I really don't mind a little black around the rivets; it's kind of a badge of honor LOL
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« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2010, 09:18:19 PM »

when the brightwork on a bus is in bristol contition it is awesome !
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