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Posted by D///M3 on January 13, 2002 at 15:59:00:

In Reply to: Anyone know.......... posted by Tony on January 13, 2002 at 13:16:10:

How much the metal trim piece is that is in between the front bumper and grills is?

From what I remember (6 months ago!) dealer list was around $90 or so...

Plus, how hard is it to wet sand a car?

This is touchy! A lot of variants here... Sometimes bst left to the professionals!
1) How long ago was the car painted?
2) Was base coat- clear coat applied or single stage paint (hopefully not... but you have to ask)-
3) What kind of clear was used? High Solids, Production clear, etc...??

Wet sanding is not all that complicated but you have to be careful. If you are going to take the car down to "Zero-peel", you have to know how many coats of clear were sprayed on the car. If you wet sad it down too much you will burn through the base coat & then you're SOL. You need to make sure your wet sand paper is "wet" & clean. Don't drop it or get ANY dirt into it as it will leave scratches in the clear. Make sure you thouroughly wash/ keep wet what ever you are sanding. ANY kind of dust/ dirt is a BIG enemy! You have to watch the edges as sometimes the paint/clear are a little thinner there & it is much easier to burn through. A freshly painted car has a softer clear on it as it has yet to set up & fully "cure" (this is why I asked how long ago the car was painted)- A car that was painted 7 days ago will be a lot easier to wet sand as opposed to a car that was painted 3 months ago (the clear has cured)- You can just "Skiff" the panels to wet sand out any dirt nibs as opposed to zero peel. Much quicker, but it does not give the paint job the depth.

Sorry for the long post!- This is what I do during the day & just wanted to give my .02 cents ($1.34 canadian :)

'92 E30 325iC
'88 E30 ///M3
'85 E30 325e
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

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