About Paint Finish Full Panel Process


Paint Finish Full Panel Process Steps

  • Step 1-Initial Defect Removal Texture Match

    Step 1: Initial Defect Removal Texture Match

    DA sand the repair area with a P1500/P2000 3M™ Purple Finishing Film Hookit™ Disc or P1500 3M™ Trizact™ Clearcoat Sanding Disc used damp. Remove all paint defects and match texture to adjacent OEM panels. Wipe panel clean.

     

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  • Step 2-Scratch Refinement-Grade P3000

    Step 2: Scratch Refinement 3000

    Refine the P1500/P2000 scratches with a DA and a 3000 3M™ Trizact™ Hookit™ Foam Disc used damp with a 3M™ Hookit™ Soft Interface Pad. Wipe panel clean.

     

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  • Step 3-Scratch Refinement-Grade P5000

    Step 3: Scratch Refinement 5000 (Optional)

    To reduce your buffing time refine the 3000 scratches with a DA and a 5000 grit 3M™ Trizact™ Hookit™ Foam Disc used damp with a 3M™ Hookit™ Soft Interface Pad. Wipe panel clean. The use of 3000 is required prior to 5000 for best results.

     

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  • Step 4-Compound

    Step 4: Compound

    Compound the repair area with a high speed polisher set between 1200–2000 RPM. For faster results, use a foam compounding pad and the appropriate rubbing compound. To insure all sand scratches have been removed, inspect the surface by spraying with an Inspection Spray and wipe clean with a yellow microfiber cloth.

     

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  • Step 5-Machine Polish

    Step 5: Machine Polish

    Polish the repair area with a high speed polisher set between 1200–2000 RPM. Use a black foam polishing pad and the appropriate machine polish. Wipe the panel clean with a yellow microfiber cloth.

     

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  • Step 6-Ultrafine Machine Polish

    Step 6: Ultrafine Machine Polish

    Polish the repair area with a high speed polisher with the speed set between 1200–2000 RPM. Use a blue foam polishing pad and the appropriate ultrafine machine polish. Leave a light film of the polish on the panel and wipe clean with a blue microfiber cloth.

     

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  • Step 7-Final Detail

    Step 7: Final Detail

    Remove any masking material from the repair area and clean any residual sling from adjacent panels and door jamb areas. Cleaning the panel immediately after compounding and polishing will greatly improve the ease of cleaning. Inspect the surface using the 3M™ SUN GUN™ II Light Kit.

     

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  • Important Note
    There are of course many factors and variables that can affect an individual repair, so the technician and repair facility need to evaluate each specific application and repair process, including relevant vehicle, part and OEM guidelines, and determine what is appropriate for that repair.
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