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Old 10-20-2007, 07:54 PM   #1
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Wet sanding

I have ALOT of sanding to do.

It's all fairings, two complete sets of gsxr track and a set of sv650s street.

I want to be able to use 400-2000 grit sand paper, is there anything that makes it easier than doing it all by hand? I do have a compressor so a small air tool would be ok if there is a good one out there for curved surfaces.

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from my experience...i think hand is the best method.
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i love wet sanding. that's my favorite thing. i hate painting.

anyhow, i just use the hand method.
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curved surfaces, by hand only, or you'll risk having the end product look wavy on the curves.

flatter surfaces you can use an orbital sander (DA) with maybe a 400 grit paper so it doesn't cut too deep. then go back with 600-800 wet before paint.



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I had a feeling hand was the answer. I just wondered if there was some miracle device I was unaware of.


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I had a feeling hand was the answer. I just wondered if there was some miracle device I was unaware of.


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dry sand it first with some 180 if you wanna speed the process...but then after that go dry with 320....and you can start your wet sanding after that
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I had a feeling hand was the answer. I just wondered if there was some miracle device I was unaware of.


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The Tom Sawyer method.
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dry sand it first with some 180 if you wanna speed the process...but then after that go dry with 320....and you can start your wet sanding after that
180!! good lord!

Maybe I'll start with 320.
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The Tom Sawyer method.
This have to do with white wash?
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This have to do with white wash?
Yep - He basically conns all his friends into doing the work while he watches and bs's with them.
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Back when I worked at a body shop, we would add a couple drops of Dawn to the wet sand water and it helped keep the sand paper from clogging so bad. Even by hand, I use a sanding block on the flat surfaces, and remember to not dig in your fingers or you'll get stripes.
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Yep - He basically conns all his friends into doing the work while he watches and bs's with them.
wow, can't believe i remembered that. Good on you for coming up with that reference.
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use a sponge or soft rubber sanding block and like house of pain said a orbital sander for the larger parts of the area.......
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While on the subject, I botched a touch-up for a little patch the size of a deck of cards on my lowers and now it looks kinda bad. I sanded the scratches out to where it was smooth, then went over it with the touch up paint.
The paint matches, but it's not smooth. I've been thinking of doing wet sanding to bring back the uniform look and the smooth finish. Any ideas on how to do this to a little section rather than the entire fairing and still have it come out looking good?
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I'm pretty sure you can just sand that section and then polish it out.
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While on the subject, I botched a touch-up for a little patch the size of a deck of cards on my lowers and now it looks kinda bad. I sanded the scratches out to where it was smooth, then went over it with the touch up paint.
The paint matches, but it's not smooth. I've been thinking of doing wet sanding to bring back the uniform look and the smooth finish. Any ideas on how to do this to a little section rather than the entire fairing and still have it come out looking good?
Thanks and sorry for the -in.
you will never get a uniform finish.....what you have done though, is gone past the point of no return.

the only way to fix it, is sand it back down....and SPRAY the paint, re-clear the ENTIRE panel.

i'm assuming you used a touch up pen of some sort....those do not work too well. depending on the color of your bike, i can give you a pretty good price on doing it. pm me with pictures if you're interested.
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on a fiberglass cowl I made for my katana I used an electric hand sander to take off the stock, then as everyone mentioned, back to hand sanding....
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i hand sanded my entire bike, only because i had noting better to do at the time
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