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getting the shiny finish on painted panels

Denno

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I was just wondering how I get the shiny, reflective finish on parts of my car that I paint? I have recently painted my side mirrors so they match my car colour, but no matter how much clear coat I put on it, I couldn't get that same finish that the rest of my panels have. Is there something I missed? Is there a special type of clear coat I should use? I used K&N Clear Top Coat...

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pressure packs are useless for getting shiny really.paint sand with 600-800 wet and dry then clear coat
 

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you also need the clear to go on wet dont want dry paint might need to get close to the part you are painting then when dry sand with 1200-2000 wet and dry with warm soapy water and when its all dull with no shiny spots polish with car polish
 

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sand back after final coat

Are you saying to sand back with 2000 grit and warm soapy water AFTER the final top coat of clear? and then polish?
 

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yip depending on the quality of the clear it will come up good.
 

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+1, make sure you have a few coats of clear though,

give it a cut and polish after and it brings it up real shiny, and dont use anything less the 1200, 1500 or 2000 works best
 
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