Preserve Your Car's Appearance with Wet Sanding at First Class Detailing in Palm Harbor, FL

What is the definition of Wet Sanding for Cars?


Wet sanding helps to remove the “Orange Peel” effect on car paint. The so-called “orange peel effect” takes a toll on many cars when they’re painted. When the paint is sprayed onto the surface of a car, it’ll often bonds to it to create a slightly uneven texture. This texture looks bumpy and rough, just like an orange peel, and several variables can magnify the orange peel effect on certain cars. Everything from the paint color and the size of the car panel to the paint mix and the size and pattern coming out of the nozzle used to paint can play a part in orange peel forming. First Class Detailing can provide you with the professional paint leveling you need to make orange peel a thing of the past.

Depending on how much clear coat there is left on the outside of your car, First Class Detailing can put your vehicle through the professional paint leveling process to smooth out the orange peel effect. Detailers will sand through the grits of 800 – 1,000 – 2,000 – 3,000 – 5,000 by hand, block, and a dual action polisher machine before utilizing paint touch up services to leave a flat, reflective, and level surface on the exterior of your car. The orange peel effect won’t be something you have to worry about anymore.

The Process of Applying Wet Sanding At First Class Detailing

Wet Sanding consists of multiple steps to preserve the smooth surface of your vehicle by eliminating any flaws left in the paint.

Wash and dry the area.

You should wash your car before doing wet sanding, to remove as much dirt as possible. It's especially critical if you're wet sanding the paint rather than the primer.

Fold the sandpaper around a squeegee or sanding pad.

When wet sanding, don't only use your hands. The sanding surface will be uneven because of the spaces between your fingertips, resulting in a rough finish. Instead, wrap the sandpaper around a sandpaper block.

Sand gently in circular motions.

After completely wetting the sandpaper, begin sanding the area with tiny circular motions and mild pressure. If your sanding is not cutting into the the clear coat, use a little more pressure. Do not press so firmly that scratches appear in the paint clear coat.

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You should allow enough time for your vehicle to dry after the first coat to disclose the rough places. The drying time is usually set between 12 and 24 hours. Allowing the surface to rest overnight will aid in completing the drying process. After this period, you may now wet sand your surface as you will be able to see any flaws in the paint.

The answer is Yes. You should wet sand paint before applying a clear coat to make the surface smoother. Then, take your clear coat and spray it on giving huge gloss to a perfect paint job.

The best liquid for most materials is water coupled with a modest bit of detergent. The detergent decreases the water’s surface tension, making it easier to wet the paper and material, reducing scuffing properly.

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