How to Polish Sanding Scratches in Low Energy, "Air-Dried" Automotive Clear Coat

Screen Cap from Video - machine sanding a red panel, text reads "for air-dried clearcoats sand to p2000"

In light of increased running costs of ovens, many bodyshops have opted to use Low Energy, "Air-Dried" or "Air-Cured" clearcoats. 

After extensive testing with different brands and conditions, our team have concluded that when following the G360 polishing system that you should start from P2000 instead of P1500.

This adjusted process allows for bodyshop professionals to take advantage of the system's offering of unparalleled speed, whilst still taking advantage of the cost savings it brings - removing the need for higher sanding steps compared to other systems on the market.

High Cut - To remove P2000 or finer sanding marks

Apply a small amount of G360 Compound to the sanded area on an automotive panel

Step 1: G360 Super Fast Compound

Apply product, use only a small amount
Polish at a slight angle with a G Mop Super High Cut Pad

Step 2: Polishing

Using the G Mop SUper High Cut Pad, start with minimal pressure at 1500 rpm slightly angled and end at 900 rpm with the pad held flat
Wipe automotive panel with a G Plus Finishing Cloth

Step 3: Check

Clean and check. The P1500 sanding marks from all conventional clear coats (low temperature) should now be removed and you are ready for medium cut polishing.

Medium Cut - To remove process marks and medium defects

Apply a small amount of G360 Compound to the sanded area on an automotive panel

Step 1: G360 Super Fast Compound

Apply product, use only a small amount
Spread G360 Finish on automotive panel using G Mop Angled Black Finishing Foam

Step 2: Polishing

Using a G Mop Yellow Compounding Foam, polish at 900 - 1300 rpm, keeping the pad flat
Wipe automotive panel with a G Plus Finishing Cloth

Step 3: Check

Wipe clean with a G Plus Finishing Cloth.

Fine Cut - To remove fine defects (e.g. holograms and light swirls) and enhance gloss

Apply a small amount of G360 Finish to the automotive panel

Step 1: G360 Super Fast Finish

Apply product, use only a small amount
Spread G360 Finish on automotive panel using G Mop Angled Black Finishing Foam

Step 2: Polishing

Polish, with a G Mop Finishing Foam, at 800 - 1100 rpm, keeping the pad flat
Wipe automotive panel with a G Plus Finishing Cloth

Step 3: Check

Wipe clean with a G Plus Finishing Cloth.

Final Cleaning and Protection

Spray Farecla Clean and Protect onto dusty automotive panel

Step 1: Spray

Spray a light mist on the surface.
Wipe away Farecla Clean and Protect  from automotive panel

Step 2: Wipe

Wipe clean with a G Plus Finishing Cloth.
Wipe away Farecla Clean and Protect from automotive panel

Step 3: Buff off

Use a clean, dry G Plus Finishing Cloth to buff to a high shine.

Products Used in This Solution

G360 SUPER FAST COMPOUND - Range Photo of 1 KG, 500 G and 100 G SKU(s) on a white background

G360 Super Fast Compound is designed to rapidly eliminate sanding marks and minor defects from painted and lacquered automotive surfaces.

G MOP SUPER HIGH CUT PAD - Photo of 2 Red Microfibre Foam Pads - Velour Side and Side On view

The G Mop Super High Cut Pad, developed in conjunction with G360 Super Fast Compound, eliminates P1500 sanding marks and removes the need for costly P3000 sanding discs.

PLACEHOLDER

The G Mop Compounding Foam range has been specially designed for their excellent cut and gloss properties, minimal throw off (mess) and a low operating temperature when used with Farécla’s range of Compounds and Polishes.

G360 SUPER FAST FINISH - Range Photo of 1 L, 500 ML SKU(s) on a white background

G360 Super Fast Finish is designed to rapidly eliminate swirls and holograms from painted and lacquered automotive surfaces - ideal on darker colours after using G360 Compound.

PLACEHOLDER

The G Mop Finishing Foam range has been specially designed for their excellent high gloss properties, minimal throw off (mess) and a low operating temperature when used with Farécla’s range of Finishing Compounds and Waxes .

G PLUS FINISHING CLOTH - 1 Unfolded Yellow Cloths on a White Background

G Plus Finishing Cloths are ideal for quick cleaning and drying jobs. Its microfibre technology grips dust and small dirt particles, and the cloth’s edgeless finish prevents damaging and scratches. 

CLEAN AND PROTECT - Photo of 1L size SKU(s) on a white background

Clean and Protect is an easy to use “wipe on, wipe off” product - rapidly removing contaminants from paint, glass, rubber and plastics, whilst leaving a silicone-free layer of protection to the surface 

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