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I just spray painted my rear tire hugger. I am waiting for the clear to fully cure, its been about 14-15 hrs since the last coat of clear was put on. I am pretty satisfied with how it turned out, especially with using spray paint. I am wondering what else should I do now to really make it shine? I know i have to use a rubbing compound, then I was thinking buff and wax. But how can I get the texture smooth?
 

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If you used spray paint your clear coat will be very thin. I would go very easy on buffing it out, probably would do it by hand, or you will burn through it and have to start over.
 

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I sanded it before I started painting, but not afterwards. So couldn't I just add a couple more coats of clear to help?
 

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You will probably never get it as thick as automotive clear coat. If its shiny enough for you just wait a few days and put a good wax on it. If not you can hand buff it to shine it a little but I would not put a buffer on it. Thats just me though, maybe someone else has a different opinion on it.
 

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So would it be okay to put more clear coat on it then? even though its been like 20 hrs since the last coat?
 

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Your suppose to wait about 3-5 minutes between coats.This way the paint/clear wont run/sag, but the previous coat is still "wet" enough for the next coat to adhere.By now with so much time passed.You would need to sand(lightly) in order for the next coat to stick.Too thick though & the paint will crack from flexing/vibrations/stress, etc.Unless you use a flex agent like urathane.
 

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well if i sand it, what should i use to wipe away the dust that it creates? I used rubbing alcohol before i painted.
 

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Wet sand with at least 1000 grit.Keep the paper wet & dip it in clean water constantly.This will prevent the sandpaper from accumilating dust & debris.It will also keep the snadpapaper from scratching the surface your sanding.Dont sand it too long or use alot of pressure.You just want to roughen the surface a little so the clear will bite.Maybe 10-20 minutes sanding time.
 

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Then how many coats of clear is ideal after this? Will this also smooth out the texture? Do you think it would be worth it to bring it to my buddy who paints at ford?
 

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should i wait for the paint now to fully cure, or go ahead and wet sand it? Also how long after I wet sand it should i wait to start with the clear again
 
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