Jim Smart
June 16, 2004

Sand, Rub, Buff!

If you're satisfied with a factory orange peel look, color-sanding and a good rubout aren't necessary. But if you are seeking a show-car persona, a good color-sanding and rubout are the only way to go. When we color-sand the clearcoat surface with 1000-, 1500- or 2000- grit paper and lots of water, we are scoring the surface in preparation for the rubout. Color-sanding is actually a disappointing step because it dulls the finish. We've taken a shiny surface and wet-sanded it dull--which tends to alarm us. But, it shouldn't. With qualified hands and skill on a buffer, the scored surface will come alive in a matter of minutes.

Once color-sanding is complete and we have a dull surface, the rubout comes next with two types of rubbing compound: one fine and the other very fine. Here's how it all comes together to achieve a show-car shine.

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