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Forum topic by agallant posted 10-13-2012 11:37 PM 1391 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-13-2012 11:37 PM

Can someone help me figure out how to do a high gloss finish like in the photo below. I have tried Laqur but it never comes out really as nice as in the photo in the link. I know Frensh Polish is a method but is there a better more efficient way to doing this?

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#1 posted 10-13-2012 11:53 PM

Clear coat automotive finish is about as glossy as can be gotten off the gun. The highest gloss I’ve gotten is with acrylic solvent lacquer rubbed out with polishing compound on a wool bonnet.

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#2 posted 10-14-2012 12:32 AM

Like Clint said rubbing a finish out is a good way to go and you have to make sure you buy gloss finish. I like my air buffer and a wool pad.

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#3 posted 10-14-2012 02:08 AM

Try this …
I’ve used this method with great success.

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#4 posted 10-14-2012 02:45 AM

Nice vid SouthpawCA.

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#5 posted 10-14-2012 03:12 AM

I just did a box like this and it looks sooooooooooooo sick and very smooth I used lacquer sprayed from a gun and then after a week of it drying I polished it with two polishes from autozone one is a meguiars swirl remover and a 3M compound polish but any fine compound polish will work I also used a buffer its much quicker than by hand. The lacquer was from behlens thinned with lacquer thinner also from behlens. So it’s lacquer, dry for a few days, then fine polish compound, then swirl remover. I would try on a flat smooth serface though my buffer got torn to shreds from the box I did u can also use spray lacquer from a hardware store too. Try it u can’t go wrong.

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#6 posted 10-14-2012 06:13 AM

I’ve been trying to achieve the same finish (in this case with shellac). I haven’t succeeded yet but I’ve got a few ideas of stuff you can try. I found a few ideas on the web.

Progressively sand the finish using micro mesh. This is essentially extremely fine sandpaper that goes up to 12,000 grit. I’ve only got regular wet or dry sandpaper so I haven’t been able to try and go that high but I hear good things about it.

As they said, automotive polishing compound. Not all compounds are made the same though. I used Turtle Wax polishing compound and it made things much worse. And this was their fancy, silicon free stuff. I know Meguiar’s makes a ton of different polishes. Chances are one of those might be fine enough to get the gloss you desire.

I haven’t gotten the desired finish with rottenstone or pumice. Also, (to my surprise) 3M microfinishing film didn’t do the trick either.

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