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Old 04-07-2018, 03:48 PM   #1
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I was wondering if anyone could advise on the best product to use to polish a clear gloss lacquer? I've recently tinted my rear lights (red) using a translucent spray. Having finished off with a lacquer, what would be the best polish to use for gloss enhancement? I've flatted the surface with wet and dry paper so now looking to maximise the gloss/shine.
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Old 06-07-2018, 10:44 AM   #2
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No experience of working on sprayed lights but after sanding i.e. 3000 or higher grit, I would just choose whatever compound you have with a small pad and start to buff out the sanding marks. The issue for me would be to keep an eye out for the temperatures.
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Old 06-07-2018, 08:21 PM   #3
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Thanks for your reply.
I don't have any compound unfortunately. Could Autoglym Paint Renovator or T Cut be used instead?
Would the heat issue only be a concern if using a machine??
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AG Paint Renovator is fairly aggressive stuff if I remember correctly (never used the stuff, was given an old bottle from a friend). I would start with something less aggressive and see if you can get the results you want, depending on state they're currently in. The rule of thumb is to work your way up in aggressiveness, so you might need to purchase something in between.
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Old 06-07-2018, 11:05 PM   #5
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Thanks for your reply.
I'm happy with the finish in terms of eveness / smoothness, I just really need the gloss to be brought out. It's difficult for a novice to know which products sit where in terms of agressiveness with so much available. I really don't want to buy anything else if I can help it because it's a pretty small area and I'm unlikely to use the product again (mindful I have never used or needed a compound before).
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Old 12-07-2018, 04:50 PM   #6
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What products do you already own?
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Sonax profiline perfect finish is a great finishing polish and will also remove 2500 grit sanding marks



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I used Autoglym Paint Renovator in the end. I tried Meguairs Ultimate Compound but it didn't seem to be abrasive enough for this exercise.
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Did you get the finish you wanted?
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Hmm, it's 'OK'
Nothing wrong with it as such: The paint finish is uniform, there are no runs and the colour is what I wanted. I was hoping for a bit more shine however.
FWIW, on the test light I did (where I had used the translucent paint but no lacquer), the Autoglym gave a really nice gloss to the paint. Consequently, I can only assume the lacquer is the 'problem'. I probably need a DA ideally
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