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okay i have a 89 black GT, and it is pertty bad off, so i was thinking of wet sanding it, i have never done this i know alot thow my best freind did it on his mustang, but hes being a d*ck and wont help me cuz i dont have a "real car" (his words not mine, i love my escort i will never drive anything else) i know that i use 2000 grit sand paper lots of water and then you ploish it, but someone told me that i have to use a buffer, i dont have one and then they said to use rubbing compound, so this is what i was going to do

1 wet sand with 2000 grit - also sand rust and bondo rust holes
2 use a rag and buff with rubbing compound
3 use a rag and polish and then wax

does this sound good to everyone? or should i do somthing differnt any and all help ive never done this before, so any thing would be helpfull! thanks alot FEOA freinds, i just want to say owning a escort has been the best time of my life but have this site to come to everynight online and talk to all of you fellow escort owners is great, just wanted to say that! :D
 

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Bah, just beging the sand down the rust and paint with a 120 paper. Try to remove all the rust really. After that, bondo-it, sand it with the 120 paper. After that, put a finishing bondo and sand-it with a 320 paper. And go with a 400 paper in final.
Wet sanding is more when you are sanding on transparent plastic or something that you can see through. If you are using a 2000 paper, it's just too smooth. Begin lower and go up, don't go past 1000, it's really doesn't do a big difference.

Put 2 coat of primer, maybe 3-4 coat of paint and 3 coat of clear-coat.

After a good week and more, you can wax-it :p

That how I do it, and I've never had a trouble
 

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Wetsanding paint is something you do on a show-car with a $5000 paint job. Don't bother doing it on a daily driver... if it's the original paint, I doubt there's enough paint left to sand anyway.

Find a multi-speed buffer (they aren't that expensive), buy two different level liquid compounds and several polishing pads, clean the car and go at it (do not do this in the sun.. you want the panels to be cool to the touch and you don't want the compound to dry out while you're buffing). You want to keep the buffer moving all the time and not spend much time on sharp corners (like the creases in the fenders). Once you've gone over the car with the rough compound, move to the fine compound and do it all over again. Then clean off all the polishing compound and wax with a super soft lint-free cloth.. don't get the wet wax within 1/2" of any panel gaps or trim. Buff by hand with a very soft terry cloth (this will spread the wax to the edges of the panels without getting wax on the plastic trim.
 

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If it's really oxidized you can wetsand it with 1500-2000 and that will take most of it off. The hood on my mazda was totally white when I first got it, and after wetsanding for like 2 hours it got rid of all the oxidation. After you wet sand it then follow what Beaverboy said and do all the compounding to clean it up and get it shiny again.
 

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If it's really oxidized you can wetsand it with 1500-2000 and that will take most of it off. The hood on my mazda was totally white when I first got it, and after wetsanding for like 2 hours it got rid of all the oxidation. After you wet sand it then follow what Beaverboy said and do all the compounding to clean it up and get it shiny again.
thanks alot everyonek, that helps alot :D
 
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