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Had some bumper scratches so I went ahead and bought some bondo, primer, paint and clear coat, along with 180/1000/1500/2000 grit sand paper.

After spraying clear coat and removing the tape, I noticed to thick paint lines. I attempted to wet sand one area down with 1500/2000 wet sand paper.

Here is the result. Botched wet sanding job

As you can see, it's not great at all. The paint doesn't really blend well with the rest of the bumper and the tape lines are still visible. It this still salvageable?

I have another area that I haven't wet sanded yet that looks like this

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

  • Welcome to Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair! While I'm no where close to anything resembling a paint/body guy, my understanding is you can't just spot paint something and get away with it. You have to paint well beyond where you intend to cover, using body lines to hide most of it. Looks like you tried to paint just an area which was about maybe 3" square (in the first picture)? It just doesn't work that way. In the 2nd picture, you may be using too much material, meaning, are you sure your vehicle didn't come with a single stage paint, and yet you put multiple stages on it (clear coat?). – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Sep 7 '19 at 1:36
  • Do the bumper complete and possibly remove it from the vehicle... or you end up doing patches on the patches patches... – Solar Mike Sep 7 '19 at 3:40
  • Did you polish the area after samding with something like T-Cut? – HandyHowie Sep 7 '19 at 9:38
  • You should be able to paint and clear-coat a small area, then wet and dry sand the area flat, followed by polishing. Here is an example I did recently- handyhowie.co.uk/handyhowie/Jaguar_XJS_front_wing.html – HandyHowie Sep 7 '19 at 9:42
  • Time to hire a professional. – Moab Sep 7 '19 at 16:28

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