Cutting and buffing small parts

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2016 11:14 pm
I recently painted my 65 Mustang FB with Tamco single stage dark British Racing Green. I cut it with 1000, 1500, and 2000, and followed with Meguires 105 and an orange foam pad from Lake Country. I tried wool and their gray pad but they left too many swirls. Came out great and tomorrow I'm going to follow with a white pad and Meguires 205. Anyway, my question is, how do I buff out the smaller pieces like the headlight buckets and side vents which are too small to get a buffer pad into? Thanks.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2016 8:59 am
They make all sizes and shapes of buffing pads.
Here's an example from Eastwood (though I don't buy their stuff): http://www.eastwood.com/eastwood-buffing-kit.html

Small parts are hard to hold so using a buffing wheel (mounted like a bench grinder) with the right size buff works the best.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2016 10:15 am
Instead of buying another tool, what would you recommend (compounds, cloth, technique) if I wanted to buff these parts by hand? Thanks.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2016 11:38 pm
I would recommend trying to to cut the parts as much as possible with sand paper then buffing by hand.

Maybe end with 2500 grit by hand then use a piece compound pad with compound by hand followed by polish pad with polish.

Possibly terry cloth towel for compound and micro fiber for polish?
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2016 5:49 pm
What compound would you use? THanks.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2016 12:39 am
I use meguiars ultimate compound and polish. But with a machine, and it works.
By hand it may not work though because that line of compound isn't as aggressive.

I would use my UC and UP and if that didn't work, I'd move to the m105/205.
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