Could use some pointers on polishing a vette

Discussion in 'Compounds, Polishes, Paint Cleaners, and Glazes' started by DirtyWeRX, Aug 4, 2012.

  1. DirtyWeRX

    DirtyWeRX DB Forum Supporter

    Hey guys,

    I am going to be doing some correction work to a 2004 Black Corvette in the next week or two.

    Now, I have a good amount of experience with correcting paint and wet sanding and I have plenty of tools and equipment to do so.

    However, being a Corvette, it's mostly plastic (maybe fiberglass as well). That being said, my Defelsko DFT PTG is useless for it.

    Ive already taken a look at the car and it is need of compounding and some wet sanding... Scratches/swirls galore! It also has a plexiglas roof as opposed to glass that has some swirls in it.

    Does anyone have experience with these cars? I've heard the paint is very hard on them, but I have no idea what the thickness is.

    Hes not looking for "perfect" but he is a good friend of mine and he just bought it so he wants it to look pretty. I suppose my plan of attack is to just use the Griots or 3401 with some D300 or 105 and go from there... Trust me, it's gonna need some compounding.

  2. Carbon

    Carbon DB Forum Supporter

    Yea the paints hard. I did a Maroon 04' and attacked it with 105 and surbuf and Meguiars MF and worked really well. If I remember correctly paint is like 125-140.
    I would go easy on the wetsanding.
  3. Pureshine

    Pureshine DB Pro Supporter

    I used 105 on my bosses Z06 came out great!
  4. chemgys99

    chemgys99 DB Forum Supporter

    D300 and m105 has worked great for me. If scratches are deeper you can use a rotary with 105. But don't add a lot of pressure. Swirls will be a bitch to remove. Sometimes making the paint look "refreshed" is the best way to go.
  5. GoFast908Z

    GoFast908Z DB Pro Supporter

    I've done more corvettes than I can count and yes, the clear is HARD. You'll definitely need 105, add a little D300 to increase the working time and bring the dust down. Menz SIP is a great medium polish on this hard clear and 106FA will finish down beautifully. I wouldn't recommend doing the roof. They have a tendency to delaminate and have to be replaced, a very common thing on C5s. I would not polish that roof unless you are 100% certain the coating is intact, and even then...I wouldn't compound it.

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