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    looks terrific, nice job.
    share a bit of technique with me. i'm getting ready to sand and buff one of my cars. there are quite a few body lines and sharp edges. when you do the sanding, how do you handle that? like the fender lips, or the hood scoops, do you just be careful? or tape hard edges off?
    b marler

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmarler View Post
    looks terrific, nice job.
    share a bit of technique with me. i'm getting ready to sand and buff one of my cars. there are quite a few body lines and sharp edges. when you do the sanding, how do you handle that? like the fender lips, or the hood scoops, do you just be careful? or tape hard edges off?
    #1 make sure you have enough material to cut. I had 4 full wet coats to work with so I was able to start with 1200. I stayed about an inch or so away from the body line with it. With the 1500 I went down to about 1/2", 2000 to 1/4" and 3000 all over. It doesn't take much to cut 3000 out so you are only over the edge for a few seconds. Some say to never buff over those areas but if you get a handle on what you are doing then you shouldn't have a problem. I don't always sand/buff every part. Most sharp curved surfaces (from what I've seen) tend to be pretty smooth. I'm not a professional by any means so maybe some of the other guys will chime in too.

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    thanks for the tips. i have 4 full coats on this project, so no problem with film thickness. i'm just a bit nervous about the sanding part, i don't want to burn through. buffing is no problem, plenty of experience there.
    b marler

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