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With Imron and most other LPU paints the object in buffing is not to abrade it with a grit. no matter how fine, it is to buff it with a higher speed buffer using a product like 3M final buff or any of the myriad of products by 3m or Norton or McGuire's specifically for this application. They are not an abrasive but more like tiny balls that roll around with the pad and essentially soften the finish with heat and cause the surface to flow. I attended the DuPont finishing school a few years back and they demonstrated the procedure by taking various panels of various ages from 24 hours to several years and intentionally damaged them with 120 grit paper then polished them out. The effect was like magic to someone used to acrylic lacquers and enamels that do not soften with friction. The older panels took more time but flowed out all the same. Talk to an auto body supply store regarding the system to use and spend the $ on a good powerful buffer and you can amaze all your friends and have a fabulous party trick.

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The red boat..

The red Imron boat was actually done with 3M rubbing compound BUT I did NOT use a compound grade pad. I used a polishing grade foam pad and it was buffed wet and at speeds no greater than 1500 rpm. I followed up the 3M product with Presta Chroma 1500 polish and a Presta specific pad for Chroma 1500. I would have used Presta Ultra Cutting Creme as my starting point but I was out..

Imron will buff out like a traditional paint but do be very careful. If you're an amateur DO NOT use a rubbing compound on Imron, ,as I did, or you'll get in trouble...

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Great, thanks for the pointers. Much appreciated.
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Originally Posted by MedSailor View Post
Does anyone else see a tallship on the right hand side being chased by a dreadnaught battleship on the left side of the picture?

Disclaimer: I haven't had much sleep lately....


My kid thought it looked like spongebob.... I just thought... WOW what a shame, nice looking paint!

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