I had one pretty good sized run and about three really small ones in the clear coat. I had put on a third coat to get thicker coverage so I would have more material to work with in case I had to wet sand. Well, that third thicker coat is what caused me to have to wet sand. Here is the main run with a little bit of solvent pop right above it.
I wet sanded out the run with 1000, then 1500 and finished with 2000. By the time the run was gone that area was perfectly smooth while the rest of the Jeep had the typical orange peel. I had to be careful not to break through the clear or that equals more painting which I really didn't want to do. I obviously tried to do the majority of the wet sanding before I sprayed the rails with Raptor.
To keep the finish consistent I decided to wet sand the entire vehicle to knock the high spots off the clear. Here I am working down the side giving it a good once over with 1500 grit.
A close up still shows the shiny spots that need just a bit more sanding. Sure seems like every time I take a step forward I have to take two steps back. Always leave the edges for last as it is really easy to remove paint from an edge, you don't want to break through the clear.
Here is how the front cowl stripes look after a once over with the 1500. Just a few more spots to sand to get it flat.
Here is a good sequence of the rear stripes. This picture is the untouched clear coat.
The left side after about 45 seconds with 1500 grit. This was pretty smooth to begin with.
Both sides sanded to where all the high spots are removed.
Now that all the high spots have been removed, all the dirt nibs are gone and the amount of orange peel is significantly reduced. If you were going for a show car finish at this point you would have sanded smooth with 1000 grit, sprayed three more coats of clear, sand completely smooth with 1000, two more coats of clear then sand smooth with 1000 to 1500 to 2000 grit. I'm not going for a show car glass finish so I'll be happy with where I'm at and start buffing. I bought the 3M Perfect-IT 3 step buff and polish system. It has a first step rubbing compound, second step spot and swirl remover and a third step Ultra-Fine polish. Each of the compounds comes with a specific applicator pad. Notice the pad colors match the tops of the bottles. That's $200 sitting on that tailgate.
Now I don't want to give away too much because I'm just getting going but here is a picture taken off the reflection of the right side rear black stripe. This has only been buffed with the first of the three steps. Notice the small blurry spot where the motorcycle windshield meets with the tree.
Here is a picture focused in on the actual paint. Notice the scratches that were causing the blurry spot in the reflection.
Wet sand that out with some 2000 grit paper.
One last shot after being hit again with the first step rubbing compound. Notice the blurry spot is now gone. Remember I still have two more stages worth of buffing to go.