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  1. 1999 E46 323i Getting a shine after lacquering 
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    I know this has been covered a million times on various sites on the internet, but that's the problem. There is so much conflicting advise it's unreal! Has anyone ever resprayed a panel on their car then buffed it up to a real good shine? I have a titanium silver metallic 323i which has had a respray (by myself) in various places after dealing with rust issues. I have a machine polisher. Anyway the questions:

    1. How long do I leave the lacquer to harden before buffing?
    2. Do I use 1500 grit wet and dry then G3 compound. I also have Meguiars clay kit. (if not what?).
    3. What do I use to get the shine. I have Autoglym SRP.
    4. How long do I leave the paint to dry before waxing?

    Thanks for any responses.
    Last edited by fallschirmjager; 27-07-2010 at 09:56. Reason: missed something out
     
     

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    Did you use areosol or gun?

    If its was a gun you should be good to start buffing after 1-3 days. 1500 wet and dry to get rid of orange peel if there is any and then go at it with abit of g3. Could try g6 if g3 isn't having the desired effect.

    But in all honesty something probably has gone wrong with your paint job. The shine should be there instantly and wet sanding and buffing is to get rid of imperfections and very slighlty brings out a shine because its flatting the paint.

    Clay and SRP are no good for paint refinishing. And always let the paint cure properly before waxing, enough time for the solvents to evaporate out somewhere in the region of 20-30 days.
     
     

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