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    I've wet sanded only one car since detailing other than just a spot or two. I've done many working in a body shop. As jmfp said I strongly advise you get a rotary a wool pad and something like megs m100 I'm sure you can prolly find a cheap rotary cheaper than you think. And you may know some one that has one you can borrow.
    You will be greatly surprised at how much a rotary m100 & a wool pad can clear up. Remember least most aggressive method first.
    Your car only has one clear cost once it's gone its gone

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    Re: Thinking of wet sanding my whole car - advice wanted

    Hmmm a rotary would probably get out all the swirls... Do cheap ones still do the job? Or should they be avoided?
    I have some menzerna polishes and been.using.foam pads

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    Re: Thinking of wet sanding my whole car - advice wanted

    Read these two threads:
    KDS Wet Sand Training - Detailing World
    KDS "Wet Sand Training" (finishing what I've started) - Detailing World
    It isn't a work for the faint hearted...
    Don't forget: you have to have the right tools and skills or things will go wrong rather quickly...

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    Re: Thinking of wet sanding my whole car - advice wanted

    Quote Originally Posted by Booki View Post
    And whats a cheap paint thickness gauge worth?
    Sometimes the difference between:
    I was lucky!!!...and a re-spray.

    ^^^IMO...This pertains to^^^:
    Your: "second car (daily)"; Or: Even the next vehicle(s) you attempt to wet-sand.
    Quote Originally Posted by Booki View Post
    The fact I might sand too far is the only cause for concern?

    ...this car is my second car (daily).
    I am not super fussed about how it turns out, more wanting to learn then anything....
    that said I don't want to ruin it if i can avoid it


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    Wet sanding an entire car is a huge undertaking. I've sanded and polished out several vehicles including a black yukon denali and a C5 Z06. I've been polishing with a rotary for about 12 years and its still a very tedious and nerve racking experience. While the results are often stunning keep in mind sanding removes paint. Every compounding step removes paint and all polishing steps remove more paint plus any maintenance steps in the future will remove even more paint. It's your call proceed with caution. Use plenty of tape. Work surgically clean and take your time. Enjoy

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    Re: Thinking of wet sanding my whole car - advice wanted

    I think you should go for it

    You'll need to go deeper then 3000 grit discs though

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    Re: Thinking of wet sanding my whole car - advice wanted

    Quote Originally Posted by Flash Gordon View Post
    I think you should go for it

    You'll need to go deeper then 3000 grit discs though
    Do not advise the guy to do something so stupid. He is for sure way out of his league here. He does not even have a PTG!!! Let alone the years of experience needed to do this. He did not even think of going to grab a rotary with a wool pad... to me this seems like he is going way way way way way way too aggressive for a daily driver that is already 12 years old!! I would highly recommend that the OP go look what people can do with a DA when used properly.

    Just dont do it. You are sticking your hands in a dark box with no clue what is inside.
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    Re: Thinking of wet sanding my whole car - advice wanted

    Quote Originally Posted by Booki View Post
    And whats a cheap paint thickness gauge worth?
    Less than a respray...

    They start at around $150 delivered from eBay for a reasonable unit. Although IMO even with this you are taking a risk.

    My honest advice would be to only attempt this if you are willing, & can afford, to respray if necessary.

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    Re: Thinking of wet sanding my whole car - advice wanted

    Didn't get a chance to take some pics of the paint today, I do have a DA, the DAS6 Pro, maybe a wool pad on my DA would do the trick?

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    IMO, there's no need to use a bazooka to kill a fly… in other words, your putting thousands of new scratches in your clear just to remove a few.

    If polishing isn't taking out the scratches, then consider rethinking your pad / compound combination. One of the purposes of polishing/compounding is to remove the scratches that sanding put in. If it can remove those scratches, but not the original scratch, then it's either too deep or you aren't using the combination of pad, compound, and technique that's best suited for your particular paint.
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