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Based on what Ben said (in a comment to my original question), I wet sanded it with 1500 grit, and then used a buffing/cutting compound (Meguiar's ultimate compound) and a LOT of elbow grease to buff it smooth. It still doesn't quite have the gloss of the original paint job, but definitely an improvement from before. It's noticeably less matte, and ...


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Keep in mind that you're now transferring impact to the frame. While that sounds good in that the soft parts of the car won't get damaged in a low speed collision, it has downsides. At some point the frame is going to bend, and it's likely to happen at a lower impact than you would expect. I'd rather replace body panels than have to do a frame pull (...


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@IHNIWID .. Yes, the "color" coat(s) need to be wet-sanded aka "color sanded". And then thoroughly cleaned of sanding dust. This needs to be perfectly smooth before clear, even if it appears dull. The quality of a mirror, for instance, is not as dependent on the glass as much as the overall flatness of the silvering reflective coating or layer. I'm not a ...


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Sandpaper and Rubbing Compound Once clear coat is applied you need to sand it with low grit wet and dry sand paper and then rub it out with low grit rubbing compound. This is how you will get it to shine. You will want to get some of this sandpaper in 1000 to 3000 grit levels as well as some rubbing and polishing compound. Start with 1000 grit sandpaper, ...


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If the car has a hidden hitch, you could put a step or carrier back there. May not help much, but would at least give them something to hit before they hit your bumper. A hitch will also put a nice hole through their radiator...


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Vanugard off-road products (http://vanguardoffroad.com/), are bumper guards and nerf bards mounted to the steel frame of the vehicle. The company is also referred to as auto-beauty. However, I have vanguard bumper guards (chrome) mounted tot he front and rear of my SUV, and I know they are frame mounted because I looked. The rear bumper guard is mounted ...


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The likely cause is that the paint was applied too thin per coat or the nozzle was too far away. A coat thick enough to get a glossy sheen is seen but not too thick that runs develop is the proper technique. Practice on a similar surface is suggested. To fix it, sand the surface back to smooth with 600 grit sandpaper and then re-spray with three coats about ...



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