C3 Vette Registry - The Best Resource on the Net for C3 Vettes! C3 Vette
Forums -> C3 Car Care
Not Logged In! Login or Register!  Users Online: 26 / Help 
Features  Find C3 Parts on ebay in only 2 or 3 clicks!  | Add YOUR C3 to the Registry

Supporting Vendors
CorvetteClothing.com
Bair's Corvettes
Mid America Motorworks
VetteBookStore.com
Volunteer Vette Products

C3 of the Month
None Current
Enter Yours Today!
Online C3 Show
13
C3s are Registered

Vanity Plates
C3 DIVA
LakotasRose
Featured Links

Buy Now
Corvette Fuel Injection & Electronic Engine Control: 1982 through 2001
Corvette Fuel Injection & Electronic Engine Control: 1982 through 2001


Corvette Magazine - $19.99 for 8 issues
Corvette Magazine
Only $19.99 for 8 issues


GM Corvette 1963-82 (Chilton's Total Car Care Repair Manuals) (Paperback)
GM Corvette 1963-82 (Chilton's Total Car Care Repair Manuals) (Paperback)


Corvette 50th Anniversary
Corvette 50th Anniversary



| Hide Signatures and Profile Pics

 New Topic New Topic Post Reply Reply New Poll New Poll Search     Search Page [1] 2  
3/29/08 8:52pm - Original Message: 'First time paint polishing'
crossfire1982
Standard Member
- Send Private Message


Cramerton, NC - USA

Vette(s):
black 1982 coupe slate gray interior, 350 crossfire, 1985 fuel pump, Steeroids R&P conversion

Joined: 8/22/2006
Posts: 1094

I just finished a project  that I never thought I would tackle…polishing my paint….BLACK paint.  Ive never done body work before and the thought of putting a polishing machine to my paint was scary.  The previous owner had blessed me with many minute “toweling marks” on the upper surfaces and I'm sure I have made some myself using polyester towels for drying and an artificial “sheep skin” washing mit. The vette looked good if you looked AT the paint but not if you looked INTO the paint. I lived with the scratches as long as I could but now they are GONE.  It took this newbie many hours to do the polishing but the paint looks FANTASTIC.  I used a quality random orbit polisher and two different 3M polishes but the expense and work was well worth it, the car looks wet the paint is so glossy.  I have vowed to never let anything but microfiber touch my vette in the future.

Crossfire19822008-03-29 17:54:26
 Reply Reply  Quote Reply w/Quote
 
Support C3VR!
Suport our advertisers
3/29/08 9:12pm - Reply: 'First time paint polishing'
pepsiman
Former Member
- Send Private Message


Charlotte, NC - USA

Vette(s):
82 corvette coupe

Joined: 3/1/2008
Posts: 4
Wow, that look's fantastic Chip. Can't wait to see it in person. Clap
 Reply Reply  Quote Reply w/Quote
3/30/08 12:36pm - Reply: 'First time paint polishing'
dwright Gold Member
Gold Member
Moderator
- Send Private Message


Victor, NY - USA

Vette(s):
2004 Commemorative Edition Coupe, Auto w/HUD. 13K miles in 2015. Sold 1982 Red Coupe

Joined: 7/12/2004
Posts: 6756
Fantastic job Chip.
How many hours did it take and what were the two polishes?


____________________________________
http://www.c3vr.com/member_uploads/6301_6400/6346/Copy-of-IMG_267720156754455r.jpg

Save the Wave!
Support the National Corvette Museum   
 Reply Reply  Quote Reply w/Quote
3/30/08 1:10pm - Reply: 'First time paint polishing'
tuxblacray Lifetime Member
Lifetime Member
- Send Private Message


Greensburg, IN - USA

Vette(s):
Previous: 1984 Silver / Charcoal Coupe, 1988 Maroon Coupe / 1989 Artic White / Mod. Red Int. Coupe, Present:1976 Stingray Black / Black, Auto, 350 slightly modified (355 hp) Luxor Wires Redline Tires. / 2001 Speedway White Vert, Torch Red Int, LS1, Auto.

Joined: 9/24/2003
Posts: 5174
I agree tell us more..... !

____________________________________
Tuxblacray: She's Back In Black! Check out my pics @ My Link


(Click on image to see a bigger version)


 Reply Reply  Quote Reply w/Quote
3/30/08 2:41pm - Reply: 'First time paint polishing'
corvette440hp Lifetime Member
Lifetime Member
- Send Private Message


Joined: 7/2/2006
Posts: 8205
Chip, A buffer can make or break you.....................YOU DID THE JOB.......you now are an expert........looks great, and I'm sure makes you feel, that you should go out and have another "Corvette Moment" 

____________________________________
corvette440hp
 Reply Reply  Quote Reply w/Quote
3/30/08 3:35pm - Reply: 'First time paint polishing'
Dejablu Lifetime Member
Lifetime Member
- Send Private Message


Wichita, KS - USA

Vette(s):
2005 Daytona Sunset Orange Coupe ----------- Sold 1974 T-top, 4 spd to BillKS

Joined: 11/10/2003
Posts: 6833
I agree, looks great.  Cool   Be sure and let us all know what polishes you used. 
 
Larry


____________________________________
   C3VR Lifetime Member #102                   
    My Link.........          
 
                     
The difference between men and boys is the cost of their toys!!              
 Reply Reply  Quote Reply w/Quote
3/30/08 3:52pm - Reply: 'First time paint polishing'
crossfire1982
Standard Member
- Send Private Message


Cramerton, NC - USA

Vette(s):
black 1982 coupe slate gray interior, 350 crossfire, 1985 fuel pump, Steeroids R&P conversion

Joined: 8/22/2006
Posts: 1094
OK guys, here is what I did.  Keep in mind, I am totally new at this so there is probably a better way but here goes.  The hardest part was getting the nerve to try this job and to put enough pressure on the machine to let the polish work.  The previous owner had my car painted and I had no idea how thick the clear coat was but felt it was up to the polishing.
 
I ordered a random orbital polisher from Griots Garage.  The polisher I really like but I also ordered some of their polish and wax but DID NOT like it at all and have thrown it away! Meguiars has a polisher that looks almost identical to the one I bought but its a few $$ more.  The velcro face plate on the polisher and pads makes the job so much easier.
 
 A very helpful guy at the local automotive finish supply looked at my car and made some recommendations which I followed.  To remove the worst scratches I used 3M  "Perfect-It" 5996 which is gray in color. With the 5996 I used a red Meguiars "soft buff" "cutting pad".  This polish leaves a pretty good finish on its own but I followed it up with 3M "Perfect-It" 6068 "Ultriafina" which leaves a glass-like finish. With the 6068 I used a Meguiars "soft buff" "Finishing Pad".  If the scratches are very shallow perhaps the 6068 alone would do the job.  I worked on about 2.5 ft square areas at a time and made overlapping back and forth and up and down passes until the polish appeared to have "broken down" as far as it was going to.  Use a mircofiber to wipe up the polish.  A spray bottle of water to keep the polish and pad a little moist is a help also.
 
The entire job took me probably 10-12 hours over about 5 days. I was extremely pleased with the result and knew it wasnt my imagination when this past Friday night at a local cruise I was approached by a friend who has seen my car many times and who also happens to own a black vette.  Before I could get out of my car he walked up and wanted to know what kind of "wax" I was using.
 
 
 
Crossfire19822008-03-30 13:01:05

____________________________________

Click for a larger image
Save The Wave


 Reply Reply  Quote Reply w/Quote
3/30/08 4:00pm - Reply: 'First time paint polishing'
corvette440hp Lifetime Member
Lifetime Member
- Send Private Message


Joined: 7/2/2006
Posts: 8205
Chip, Thanks for sharing your new found expertise. You evidently are a PERFECTIONIST.............it shows!!! You car is a reflection on you.........OR are YOU, now a REFLECTION on it's BLACK BEAUTY????

____________________________________
corvette440hp
 Reply Reply  Quote Reply w/Quote
3/30/08 4:03pm - Reply: 'First time paint polishing'
crossfire1982
Standard Member
- Send Private Message


Cramerton, NC - USA

Vette(s):
black 1982 coupe slate gray interior, 350 crossfire, 1985 fuel pump, Steeroids R&P conversion

Joined: 8/22/2006
Posts: 1094
Thanks for your comments Larry, very much appreciated. Perhaps this will help others who have been considering this but were hesitant to do it.

____________________________________

Click for a larger image
Save The Wave


 Reply Reply  Quote Reply w/Quote
3/30/08 5:51pm - Reply: 'First time paint polishing'
jbs82vette
Former Member
- Send Private Message


Mint Hill, NC - USA

Vette(s):
1982 White Corvette, dark blue leather interior, 70,000 miles

Joined: 10/25/2007
Posts: 123
Chip, looks great!  Black is a very unforgiving paint when it comes to scratches. Now yours look fantastic!! The hard work paid off.

____________________________________
">
Click for larger view
 Reply Reply  Quote Reply w/Quote
3/30/08 7:51pm - Reply: 'First time paint polishing'
lukesvette Lifetime Member
Lifetime Member
- Send Private Message


HOWELL, NJ - USA

Vette(s):
1979, Targa Blue (72 Color), Pace Car rear spoiler, L88 hood, Dark blue factory interior, 525HP 406, HD 700R4, 370 gears,Steeroids, composite rear spring, TT IIs wrapped in T/A Radials.

Joined: 5/18/2004
Posts: 6804
Wow Chip - what a difference!! 3M definitely puts out great products!! And you certainly did a great job!!! Nice Job!!!

____________________________________
LukesVette Homepage
Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom
101st Airborne(AirAssault!)
God Bless America

Support Our Troops


     
 Reply Reply  Quote Reply w/Quote
3/30/08 10:30pm - Reply: 'First time paint polishing'
KDADDY79
Former Member
- Send Private Message


Dutchess County, NY - USA

Vette(s):
White '79 Corvette. It's a driver.

Joined: 8/27/2007
Posts: 2484
Thumbs%20Up   Nice Work!!!   Thumbs%20Up
         And thanks for the info.


____________________________________
 Reply Reply  Quote Reply w/Quote
3/31/08 3:03pm - Reply: 'First time paint polishing'
DaveM Lifetime Member
Lifetime Member
- Send Private Message


Flanders, NJ - USA

Vette(s):
1982 Black, ZZ4, Hooker Side Pipes, 3.55 Rear, Rebuilt & upgraded 700R4, All new suspension, brakes, & new Charcoal interior.

Joined: 1/27/2004
Posts: 2530
I just polished mine on Sat. I'm still sore! I did mine by hand. I removed old wax, used a paint cleaner, then the polish, then a coat of wax. I feel like the Karate Kid. Dead  I shoud try the machine next time.
The car looks great, nice work.
Dave


____________________________________
 

Lifetime Member #116
Dave's '82


   
 Reply Reply  Quote Reply w/Quote
3/31/08 4:54pm - Reply: 'First time paint polishing'
crossfire1982
Standard Member
- Send Private Message


Cramerton, NC - USA

Vette(s):
black 1982 coupe slate gray interior, 350 crossfire, 1985 fuel pump, Steeroids R&P conversion

Joined: 8/22/2006
Posts: 1094
Thanks Dave, I dont think I would ever have gotten all my scratches out by hand, perhaps in  younger days.....Naahhhh not even then.  What wax are you using?

____________________________________

Click for a larger image
Save The Wave


 Reply Reply  Quote Reply w/Quote
3/31/08 6:43pm - Reply: 'First time paint polishing'
greypoupon69 Lifetime Member
Lifetime Member
- Send Private Message


Irving, TX - USA

Vette(s):
#1 -1969 Corvette Coupe Riverside Gold, black interior,MN,A/C,350/350,PS,PB,window cranks. #2 -2000 C5, black/black, 6 sp, Bose system & lots of buttons.

Joined: 8/21/2004
Posts: 4273
Try some 3M Hand Glaze (it's a brownish color).  That stuff is pretty darn good.  This body guy told me to put that on a newly painted vehicle.Thumbs%20Up

____________________________________
     
My Link


MICK - C3VR Lifetime Member #113

 Reply Reply  Quote Reply w/Quote
3/31/08 6:58pm - Reply: 'First time paint polishing'
corvette440hp Lifetime Member
Lifetime Member
- Send Private Message


Joined: 7/2/2006
Posts: 8205
[QUOTE=greypoupon69]Try some 3M Hand Glaze (it's a brownish color).  That stuff is pretty darn good.  This body guy told me to put that on a newly painted vehicle.Thumbs%20Up[/QUOTE] Chip, I see that Micki gave you some good advice. One thing that MUST be thought of is, if you are using a machine to apply HAND polishes etc., You have to use extreme caution. There are two different kinds of materials, one is made for buffers the other is applied by hand. The buffer materials have less abrasives than the hand applied stuff. You can use hand applied if you dilute the mix and are again cautious. Auto Body and Paint Refinishing stores sell the professional stuff, in case anyone is iterested. SEE WHAT YOU STARTED CHIP! Thanx Thumbs%20Upcorvette440hp2008-03-31 16:04:24

____________________________________
corvette440hp
 Reply Reply  Quote Reply w/Quote
3/31/08 9:05pm - Reply: 'First time paint polishing'
crossfire1982
Standard Member
- Send Private Message


Cramerton, NC - USA

Vette(s):
black 1982 coupe slate gray interior, 350 crossfire, 1985 fuel pump, Steeroids R&P conversion

Joined: 8/22/2006
Posts: 1094
There is more interest in this thread  than I thought there would be. The hand polish sounds interesting.

____________________________________

Click for a larger image
Save The Wave


 Reply Reply  Quote Reply w/Quote
4/1/08 11:29am - Reply: 'First time paint polishing'
corvette440hp Lifetime Member
Lifetime Member
- Send Private Message


Joined: 7/2/2006
Posts: 8205
Glaze is great to get out even more swirl marks.

____________________________________
corvette440hp
 Reply Reply  Quote Reply w/Quote
4/1/08 2:45pm - Reply: 'First time paint polishing'
PSU 98
Former Member
- Send Private Message


Shenandoah, PA - USA

Vette(s):
1982 Chevrolet Corvette

Joined: 10/18/2006
Posts: 328
After you've spent all that time polishing, make sure you've followed it up with some kind protection!  A good combination for a black 'Vette would be a coat of 3M glaze layered with a quality carnauba wax.  Is you car driven often Chip?  If so, you might want to consider a good synthetic product like Zaino, Rejex, or Meguiar's new NXT instead.  The downside of using glaze and wax is that they will not offer much in the way of durability for a car that sees a lot of road time.  Glazes and waxes are products that do well to hide imperfections with oils and fillers, but they will not remove them.

____________________________________
1982 Chevrolet Corvette

www.horsepoweralley.com
 Reply Reply  Quote Reply w/Quote
6/25/14 1:50pm - Reply: 'Re: First time paint polishing'
Joanne Gold Member
Gold Member
- Send Private Message


Joined: 11/30/2006
Posts: 441

looks good,well done.

to anyone going to do the same.be very carefull along body lines and edges.

them machines will soon go right thru the pant.



____________________________________
1979 Corvette
 Reply Reply  Quote Reply w/Quote
 New Topic New Topic Post Reply Reply New Poll New Poll Search     Search Page [1] 2  
 Forums -> C3 Car Care
(Moderator: Adam Wartell, Norsky, Adams' Apple)
 

 
Official C3 Vette Registry Community:
Home | Forums | Email | Who's Online | Clubs | Events | Member Stats

Other Official C3 Vette Registry Areas:
Members | Research | Shop | My Account | About C3VR
 

Corvette is a registered trademark of the General Motors Corporation(GM) & Chevrolet Motor Division. Vette Registries, LLC is responsible for all site content (except for member submitted content or where otherwise noted) and does not claim or imply that Chevrolet or GM is responsible for Official C3 Vette Registry content. Vette Registries, LLC is independent from GM and is not affiliated with, sponsored or supported by GM.  Copyright/trademark/sales mark infringements are not intended, or implied and are in fact used to support GM, Chevrolet and Corvette

Official C3 Vette Registry content is Copyright 2001-2017, Vette Registries, LLC. Content may not be reused without written consent. All Rights Reserved. NS

Corvette (Vette) Model Years on this site: 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 30