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The hood, cowl screen, and deck lid were all painted separately on this car to achieve better coverage on all sides. Matching the color and metallic pattern is tricky, but Jeff nailed it!
After the Axalta paint had some time to outgas and harden, the wetsanding and buffing process began. Every inch of the car was wet block-sanded with either 800 or 1000 grit to start, then Jeff moved on to 1500, 2000, 2500, then 3000 and 5000 on a 3M Trizact dual action sander. The goal for this surface was to look nice, but still have a hint of factory texture as too keep an original look.
These random spots show where the texture was highest and sanded with the most coarse grit, but only where needed. The whole panel will be sanded next.