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Old 09-18-2007, 02:24 PM
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Bad paint job, please help

Hi everyone, I recently had my X5 repainted and needless to say the job isn't what I expected. I have some overspray and what appears to be a heavy clear coat causing a wave appearance under direct sunlight. I can see the waves when the car is really clean and looking at it from the front side down to the back. I went back to the bodyshop and they wet sanded the truck and polished it. It's better then it was but I still notice it. After a few washes I now have a slight haze probably because they used a compound and didn't gradually polish the truck out. Let's just say that I don't want to bring the truck back to them.

I want purchase a polisher and see if I can fix what the bodyshop couldn't, at least the haze that's left behind. Can I remove the slight wave in the clear with a compound and a more aggressive polishing pad? (Orange pad) Or am I over my head?

I was thing of purchasing the PC polisher and getting the Orange, White and Black pads? I was also planning on purchasing a compound or cutting polish, polish then a sealer.

Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 09-18-2007, 07:25 PM
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Honestly??? Unless you've done a LOT of professional *machine* polishing, there is a high-probability that you could burn your paint beyond repair. I would recommend one of two things to most people in this situation, either a) polish what you can *by hand* using various compounds of your choosing or b) bring the work to a more competent shop who can glaze and polish the surface again.

Just my 2 cents, hope that helps.

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Old 09-19-2007, 10:05 AM
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Thanks for the reply, I acknowledge the fact that I may be over my head. I really wasn’t sure if it was something that I would be able to do on my own or look for a professional to do. Being that it is a black truck I imagine that I will have to polish and wax it several times a year. This is why I suggested the purchase of a polisher.

Would you suggest that I contact another body shop or a detailer for this job?
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Old 09-19-2007, 10:07 AM
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Old 09-20-2007, 04:53 PM
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Being that you described the problem as overspray with heavy clearcoat, a detailer would typically NOT be able to correct this type of poor workmanship. I would recommend another body shop altogether...
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Old 09-21-2007, 08:05 AM
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I would question whether it's heavy clearcoat creating body 'waves'. Those are usually created by a poor sanding job by an inexperienced person...
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