Perfect Paint Finish Tips in Repair

If you have ever had an accident which has required some form of repainting then you will know how difficult it is to get the finish back to perfect again. Some car body repair services can give different finishes to the resprayed area due to the type of products that they might use. For example a body shop or accident repair centre would use the types of lacquers that would require specialist equipment to spray, like air fed masks and protective clothing, while a mobile car body repair service by law have to use products that are VOC compliant so that they can spray them in the public domain. The finishes of these two types of service will vary. Take a bumper scuff for example the body shops finish would be a high gloss finish that would have been achieved by a machine polish after the paint has cured. While a mobile car body repair finish would be slightly less gloss with a blended area and slight orange peel effectaround corners and curves.

The best way to achieve a good finish to a car body repair is to polish the repaired area at least a week after the repair has been completed, this is only to be sure that all the paint and lacquer would have completely cured (Smart Repairs will take the full 7 days to dry due to the products used while body shop repaired areas will be ready to polish after a few days). Once the week has passed first get your hands on some 2000 wet and dry a bucket of water, some cutting compound like G3 and some high grade polish like finesse.

1) Rub over the repair with the wet and dry paper making sure that all the high points have been removed and orange peel areas have been flattened out. (When rubbing back the smart repair make sure that you don’t rub back the blended area, you won’t get this with a body shop repair because they will spray the entire panel so will have no need to blend in the
paint and lacquer).

2) Once all high points, orange peel and uneven areas have been levelled to a satisfactory level, use some of the cutting compound on a cloth with some water and rub over the area until all the scratches and dull patches created by the 2000 wet and dry have removed.

3) Remove the cutting compound with a dry cloth and use the finishing polish to go over the compounded area until a satisfactory shine has been achieved.

Just remember when you use this type of technique to buff up your car body repair always speak to the car body repair service who carried out the repair first and make sure the lacquer is up for this type of vigorous polishing technique, all good lacquers should be ok if yours is not then ask why?

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