No need to seal it, waste of material, waste of money, added chance of messing up.
Sanding with 600-800 is just fine. IMO any finer then 800 and the paint is easier to run, plus the coarser grit levels out the orange and urethane peel. Yes there is a difference between orange and urethane peel, but that's another story.
You don't want to break through the existing clear coat, you break through the clear coat you run the risk of lifting the underlaying basecoat. Basically sand enough to remove the gloss of the clear, you are simply scuffing it up, not removing it...Eric
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You use water because the sandpaper is such a fine grit that it would fill up after a couple strokes of sanding. A constant clean supply of water trickling where your sanding keeps your paper clean and makes a sheet of sand paper last a long time. As mentioned, you don't want to break through the clear but if your car body is wavy, now is the time to straighten it out and that means breaking through the clear in the bad spots. You planned on re priming any way.
How would you guys go about shooting base onto a small area where the clear coat seems to have faded completely?
It's for a bumper and well most of the clear is intact...and I would like to 800 grit it as well and then shoot over with clear. But there may be a suspect part of the bumper where the clear has failed and Im contemplating shooting this little area with a little base due to the fact that it looks lighter than the rest.
Im just not sure on how to properly finish it in regards to sanding since the surounding areas would be scuffed up with 800.....how would you leave the base?
I'm stuck between smothing over the exposed base with some 1500 then shooting the small area with new base......then blocking the rest with 800 grit for the clear. Gets a little confusing on what I should do first ..u know the order.
How did this project turn out? I'm curious on how re-clearing looks?
also I want to use 800 unigrit from meguiars since the clear is fairly thin...and I dont want to risk exposing more base...any reason that isnt a good idea?
If the clear is failing in some areas it won't be long before it fails other places. Sand it off and seal it, then repaint. Better to do it now than to have it all fail with new paint over it.
As far as grit of sandpaper to use I might get some grief over this but I don't use anything but 400 grit before applying new paint. I have found over time that the courser paper gives the new paint better adhesion, and I actually believe I get fewer chips from road debris. But you have to be careful with metallics when using courser paper as it can leave scratches in the base.