Sometimes polishing is not enough to remove all the imperfections in a paints surface. Things like orange peel and deep scratches must be removed with a technique known as “wet sanding” or “color sanding.” This is the process of using a moist, very fine grit sand paper to remove the top layer of a paints clear coat. The surface then has to go though an extensive polishing process to bring the shine back. Take this Aston Martin DBS for example. It came from the dealership with scratches so deep they had to be wet sanded out! This Volkswagen Passat was badly swirled by a previous detailer trying (but failing) to wet sand out an isolated scratch. Watch the video for a step by step process on how we corrected that vehicle. This 69 Lincoln Continental had had a long hard life and it was going to take more then a couple stages of polish to save it. As wet sanding was the only option, they got to work.

Before
Seattle Auto Detailing Wet Sand Lincoln Continental
Seattle Auto Detailing Wet Sand Lincoln Continental

Seattle Auto Detailing Wet Sand Lincoln Continental
Seattle Auto Detailing Wet Sand Lincoln Continental

Panel wet down with alcohol
Seattle Auto Detailing Wet Sand Lincoln Continental
Seattle Auto Detailing Wet Sand Lincoln Continental

This is what the vehicle surface looks like after the top layer has been completely leveled and wet sanded down
Seattle Auto Detailing Wet Sand Lincoln Continental
Seattle Auto Detailing Wet Sand Lincoln Continental

Close up of an example of the imperfections which required releveling (note the still shiny areas and deep scratches above the body line and orange peel, drip as well as fisheyes below bodyline)
Seattle Auto Detailing Wet Sand Lincoln Continental
Seattle Auto Detailing Wet Sand Lincoln Continental

And now the polishing process starts with an abrasive wool pad
Seattle Auto Detailing Wet Sand Lincoln Continental
Seattle Auto Detailing Wet Sand Lincoln Continental

As scary as that section looked before, look at this section after a few stages of polish! What a difference!
Seattle Auto Detailing Wet Sand Lincoln Continental
Seattle Auto Detailing Wet Sand Lincoln Continental

And now for some finial shots after we lowered the vehicle and installed a new set of wheels!
Seattle Auto Detailing Wet Sand Lincoln Continental
Seattle Auto Detailing Wet Sand Lincoln Continental

Seattle Auto Detailing Wet Sand Lincoln Continental
Seattle Auto Detailing Wet Sand Lincoln Continental

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