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    New paint job

    I just got my car painted about a week now and they definitely do not know how to detail. Don`t want to rant just want to know how to start this detail. Should I start with wet sanding or just jump into compounding? After wash, clay, and decontamination of course
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    Re: New paint job

    rickssimpala -- Congrats on a new paint job!!
    Did the Painter tell you it was dry and you could work on it??? What did he/they say ??
    What year vehicle, color, what type of paint and the brand if possible?
    When I painted, we did everything including compounding, etc., and gave it to the Client in perfect condition....
    Can you still smell the paint when you get close to it ?
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    Re: New paint job

    I would assume it`s completely dry. They "buffed" it before I picked it up. Left a bunch of scratches, swirls and even some compound or wax residue. The car is a 2012 Caprice but it was painted a toyota black and I`m not sure what brand paint was used. It`s not a very good quality paint job so I`m just trying to make it look as good as I can. I`m definitely not a pro or an amateur, more of a diy guy.

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    Re: New paint job

    Did you take it back to them and tell them to make it perfect???

    Can you smell the paint if you put your nose close to it???

    What is your experience with paint correction, in years ?

    Do you have any machines for paint correction? What are they ?

    How many cars have you paint corrected before?

    None of this work is easy...There is no magic process and wow, it is all better now..

    We need to have a little idea where you are, so we can offer our best advice...

    Dan F

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    Re: New paint job

    rickssimpala- The others have asked the right Q`s, I`ll just add that sometimes it pays to wait until the paint cures for a while as it can be *very* soft while it`s still fresh.
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    Re: New paint job

    If you have never wetsanded a car, I would recommend against doing that. I`d compound and polish it.

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    Re: New paint job

    At LEAST, call the paint shop and ask:
    1) What manufacturer and trade-name/brand-name of paint did they use? If they ask WHY, tell them you are the customer who has a right to know. Some manufacturer`s clear-coats are "soft" and some are "hard", and you could ask them in their judgment if the final cured clear-coat would be considered "soft" or "hard". It WILL make a difference in how you approach correcting/fixing their "poor" pain job.
    2) Let them know you are not happy with what they have done and why. If this vehicle painting was done on the side as a cash job or as a favor, well, that`s your business and I guess you cannot look a gift horse in the mouth. Poor workmanship, even if it is free, is still poor workmanship. (Another Captain Obvious cliche!)
    3a) Ask them if the paint was cured in a booth, either by heat or infra-red lamps. Chances are it was not. If not, I am with Accumulator on this, and time outside in the late spring/early summer sun heat will aid in this curing process. Personally, I would wait three to four weeks (21-28 days), but that is me. MOST shops will tell you the newer, modern base-coat/clear-coat paint is fully cured in a few days (one week), but that is their "story". I still think an extended time period of heat cycles allows the paint to fully cure and gas-off (i.e., evaporate/dissipate) any solvents or water emulsifiers and suspension carriers, thus "hardening" the paint.
    3b) I also would not wax, seal, or coat the paint until the full cure was done. You COULD use a breathable glaze Meg`s MG #7 Show Car Glaze, or better yet, #5 New car Glaze, BUT that suggestion is an old-school methodology based on single-stage lacquer paints that did require an extended time to fully cure, so you can take-it-or-leave it advice.
    GB detailer

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    Re: New paint job

    Interesting timing. I just dropped mine off at the paint shop this morning.

    With me, and this budget paint job, I pretty much know what to expect. I had already put it in my head that once about 30 days is come and gone, I will wet sand it down, and compound/polish and top it all off with a coating.

    Good luck on yours

 

 

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