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I am planning on buffing the engine bay on the weekend so I can start putting it all Back together. I will be doing it by hand obviously being the bay.
I have never done it before, from what I've read I wetsand it back lightly with 1200 paper till its smooth, then polish it with a cutting compound and then finally polish it with a swirl remover, is that right? I'm not up to the outside yet just want to do the bay so I can reassemble for now.

Any help here would be great as I've never done it before.

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James

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Hi mate.
Depending on how much clear you have laid on will depend on how many steps in the process. The more step you can take the better.
Eg 1200, 1500, 1800, 2000 then cutting compound then buffing compound then polish. There are different grades of buffing/cutting compounds.
Use a foam pad not the wool.
Mosf of all show us the pics! lol

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There is a fair but of clear on it. Should I finish on 2000?

Ill be glad when its done sick of this panel work haha

Cheers
James

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I did 800 (to tidy up some runs) 1200, 1500, 2000.

Then Made the mistake of using a wool pad - way too harsh, and no matter what i do, i get holograms and swirl marks, I don't know why. If anyone has pointers on this I would be glad to hear them.

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As said above, finish off with 2000. Grab a bottle of Q cut, made by Juice polishes, a foam buff pad, about a thousand rags and you're good to go.

Remember that the finish on the exterior is what grabs your attention, where as the bright shiny engine bits are what grabs your attention under the bonnet, so don't waste as much time trying to get it "perfect."

Rubbing out engine bays, sucks to be you this weekend. Have fun lad.

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Yea I wasn't going to buff it but it needs small bit of work.

Just hoping to smooth it off and sand any sh1t out of the paint and give it a polish to Hopefully get a decent finish from it. Like you said the bay isn't as concerning to me as the outside of the body but I want to do any polishing etc that I am going to do to it before I reassemble it for ease of reassembly.

No not going to be stuffing around making sure its perfect. Will Dedicate a whole day to it and get it as good as I can

Cheers
James

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be super careful on raised edges and edges in general,very easy to cut thru,i cut my engine bay back using fine scotch brite its heaps easier than using sandpaper,use plenty soapy water when wet sanding,then i just cut it back with kitten brand cutting compound by hand,come up grouse!! i use different grades a scotch brite now when doing engine bays, door jambs, boot channels,etc, works just as good as sand paper and way easier to use and lasts 10 times longer than paper!!i was shown this by an old school painter,just a sugestion, altho,, id be thinkn twice about sticken a machine in there and compounding it with a machine!! good luck,

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Ashley186 if you use a wool pad and get smokey swirls try using a spray bottle with water. Put
Your compound on (SMALL AMOUNT) then spray water, compound will go further and apply light pressure if any. Buffed hundreds of cars over the years 98% has been with a wool pad... Even black or dark blue cars.

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cheers for the tip, i will give that a go

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Ashley186 if you use a wool pad and get smokey swirls try using a spray bottle with water. Put
Your compound on (SMALL AMOUNT) then spray water, compound will go further and apply light pressure if any. Buffed hundreds of cars over the years 98% has been with a wool pad... Even black or dark blue cars.

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