Re: Making the best out of a bad paint job.
You can save a pretty medicore paint job, if your a good buffer. I know, I've had to save more then a few of mine over the years.
The question is why is it dull, and how deep are-what are the scratches from?
If its poorly finished bodywork, that showed up (as the primer shrunk) because primer was applied too heavy, to fill too course of a scratch, very unlikely cutting and buffing will be able to do much.
If it is sanding scratches that weren't all removed after colorsanding with the compounding step and only filled in with glaze, its possible a rebuff could fix.
Why is it dull, problem with the paint, or mixed or improper use of that or other coatings, or could be Scratches not being completely buffed out or not following the compounding steps with finer polishes to remove the compounding scratches can also hurt the level of gloss. It could be there was some dieback in the clear after the compounding while still curing and solvents leaving. This could probably be fixed by a good buffer also.
Your next question is there enough clear to safely cut or buff and is it a clear that has now set up so hard after this time that it will no be like trying to buff concrete. Some brands do. There must be enough clear so you don't go thru to the base trying to remove the defects. Also the mil thickness of the clear left must be enough to provide proper protection to the base color.
Man I sure wouldn't want to try to buff one out by hand, and then don't know how great the results would be, not having the heat and speed of the buffer. Buffing is time consuming enough as it is, and when have to hand buff a small area can't get at with a buffer blows. A lot of guys seem to like the makita 9227 which isn't too terribly priced. An air one would be cheaper if you have the compressor, but also probably need to be even more carefull, because can turn at such high a speed. I still got my old heavy milwaukee electric-probably 20 years old now.
You might also want to visit a detailing forum, such as detailcity.org, which may help you understand the process better and products. We cut and buff in the bodyshop often, but its probably what a detail guy does a lot of the day every day. They could also probable tell you better what may be the going rate (and like anything else, I'd probably be wery if someone is a lot cheaper then that. Could be your getting a deal, but most often you get what you pay for like anything else. Sounds like you got a pretty decent price on the paint job- base clear job, two colors, cut and buffed, bodywork panel replacement, Yep 1900sound like a pretty good deal to me.
Last edited by kenseth17; Jun 21st, 10 at 12:44 AM.