I have pre-ordered a 2013 Focus ST in a color called Tangerine Scream:
I have already asked the dealership to not touch the car when it comes in, so no DISO. This is not going to be a daily driver, it will only be a weekend/show car stored in a temperature controlled garage.
This is what I would like to do to my car, your input is greatly appreciated.
First off, the background of the paint: this is one of Ford's tri-coat metallic colors and also uses Ford's extremely hard Ceramic clear coat. I know this car will come with a LOT of orange peel. Every Ford I have seen with the ceramic clear has quite a bit of orange peel. I have also read that Ford does not want you removing more than 3 microns from the paint for fear of clearcoat failure. (or at least failure of the ceramic benefits)
I would like to wetsand the car to remove at least some of the orange peel. Perhaps only with 5000 grit and no more than 3000. Is there any reason why this wouldn't be a good idea?
After wet sanding I will bring the paint back with either my Flex 3401 or, if it arrives in time, a Rupes LHR 21e. If i'm using the Flex I will progress through the polishes this way: 1500, 2500, 3000, 4000, 4500. I will also polish the headlights/taillights to bring up the clarity some
Then, when the paint enhancement is finished, I will use Gtechniq products to coat everything. I plan on 3 layers of C1 on the paint, 3 layers of G1 on all the glass, 3 layers of C5 on the wheels, 1 layer of C4 on all trim, and then EXO overtop of all of that. For the interior: C6 (matte dash) for all interior plastics and trim, i1 for the floor mats and all the carpet, and L1 for the leather. Engine bay and exhaust will be coated with EXO.
Here is a picture of what I am trying to achieve:
Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions? I have never wet sanded before, so if i do decide to go that route I will have to get some panels and practice until i feel confident with it. the car won't be here until mid to late october.