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Went by the body shop to get them to buff a couple spots i found on the rear door the other day. Owners son took care of the door and started looking the truck over, found a couple spots on the bed he didn't like and got those too. Then he saw the hood. He knew it was good enough for me but he proceeded to give me a lot of crap about how bad i did and went at a 2 foot area with a DA, 3000 and compound. Huge difference. Now i had a really slick, shiny spot right in front of the driver seat. He then sent me home with instructions, a couple 3000 discs, his DA pad and some 3M compound and told me he expected better. Spent yesterday going over everything that wasn't painted with the DA. Going to try the compound tonight and tomorrow. 

 They let me leave my trailer there while i did some work on my carport. Now im scared to go pick it up because i know he's going to start looking at my truck and find something else.

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Tried to get him to finish out the hood. He said i was capable and if i screwed it up said "you know a guy that can paint it". 

 I learned some more about bringing dead paint back to life. With the type of cars i usually drive that is a good thing. It's a family owned/ran body shop, everyone there is really nice and helpful and Daniel knew when he did that it would drive me nuts and make me finish it. I told him i was going to start picking apart every car my shop gets back from them so they all better be perfect. 

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 It was nice that he took the time to show you what to do. Some shops try to keep their trade secrets to themselves.

 If you have the time a little tutorial with pics would be nice. Share with us a "how to".

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@Doubletrouble Like i said nice, helpful guys there. Didn't try to sell me a sand and buff, gave me a 30 minute lesson. They use 3M Perfect-it 1 2 3 system. I'm using 1 compound and white foam pad. I didn't take any pics of the process.  I am not an expert but:

 Pretty simple in theory. Wash car and get it spotless. No dirt or grit. Thats what got me on the hood i didn't clean it good enough and had grit get under my sandpaper.

 Hand sand: 3000 grit wet/dry paper (i used 2500-don't) and water keeping surface damp. Soak sandpaper in water for 10-15 minutes. Don't want it wet with hose, use mist from a spray bottle.

 DA: 3000 grit 3M Trizact and a DA pad that has some cushion to it. The trick is keep the speed down and pad flat with light to medium pressure. You don't want the DA to really spin, mostly just dance around. Mist with spray bottle keep damp. What i worried about was burning through the clear around body lines and edges.

 As far as compounding, I'll get back to you on that. I will get some pics as it sits after sanding and before compounding and after I'm done.

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Same door after 3000 DA. 

Before compound.

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After a quick pass. About 1 minute on a 1 foot square area with the wrong pad. Amazon hasn't been here yet.20200521_161729.jpg.a5a2dbcb46d25996d4884f81e51cd8c5.jpg

Sorry the lighting is not better. This is the old driver front that i am going to replace. Im using it to practice.

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Amazon brought my pads. Now I'm getting somewhere. 1st pass with compound. Probably do at least 1 more.20200521_200235.jpg.eb83c8e1c2f61a2a4e07f67d35da4c92.jpg20200521_200254.jpg.8a875d23c8cde09ab72f7ab9480b890c.jpg

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Just now, Gregturley said:

Amazon brought my pads. Now I'm getting somewhere. 1st pass with compound. Probably do at least 1 more.20200521_200235.jpg.eb83c8e1c2f61a2a4e07f67d35da4c92.jpg20200521_200254.jpg.8a875d23c8cde09ab72f7ab9480b890c.jpg

Looking good!  The lime green accents don't look half bad either... :nadkick:

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@Doubletrouble 3m 05723. Amazon 2 pack $32.xx after tax. Local wanted $35-40 each. Thats for the #1 compound thats white. 1st step in that system. I was told thats all I'll need to do on white. Dark colors youll need to do steps 2 & 3 each uses a different pad.

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This is complete 3M system on eBay. I'm using 1st step only. May go over it with some mirror glaze stuff that i have, just depends on how it looks. I will say the 3M stuff puts the Mirror Glaze stuff to shame but I have a bunch of different Mirror Glaze in the garage along with a fine black pad.

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Finally got done with the compound today. Buffed the hood and was not happy with it so i went at it with the DA some more, then buffed it again. Got rid of almost all the scratches and really starting to shine. 

 Went over the whole truck by hand with Mirror Glaze Show Car Glaze. Never used it before but it did shine it up even more. 

 Tomorrow is wax day. 

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Driver side of hood. Old paint.20200522_134430.jpg.7f37d23d233537814d1fbe961eeb745b.jpg

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Truck was last washed about 1 1/2 years ago. Never waxed since the day it rolled off the lot. Had black crap growing on it when i bought it and when i started this it had gotten almost that bad again. Can't believe how easily the old dead paint came back to life. 

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