^^^ Thank you for your comments and feedback. Responses like yours are what makes it worth taking all the time to document and post my progress.
I know you guys have been patiently waiting to see some results from the sanding and buffing so I will go through and give you some before, during and after of all the pieces. Here is the tailgate with the untouched clear coat. You should be able to pick out a little bit of the over spray speckle.
If I was trying to remove a lot of the orange peel from the panel, I would start with 1000-1200 grit sand paper then step up to 1500 and then again to 2000 grit before buffing. If there was not a lot of orange peel and the over spray speckles were my main concern, I would start out with the 1500 or 2000 grit paper. So here is a picture of the tailgate after a once over with 1200 grit sand paper. You can see how it brings out the low spots in the clear coat.
Here it is after a bit more sanding with the 1500 grit. Notice how it is a more consistent flat black now.
The entire piece sanded all the way down with 2000 grit. Notice how dull even the white looks.
Here it is after about 15 minutes with the rubbing compound.
One final picture after being polished with all three stages. This is the final product.
In this picture of the grill you can really see the over spray speckles that I'm having to remove by wet sanding. I almost forgot to take pictures, you can see where I had already started to sand with the 1500 grit.
Here is the entire grill sanded down to 2000 grit.
Here is how it looks after a couple rounds of polishing. No more over spray speckles on that piece.
A picture of the windshield frame after sanding was completed.
This is with the lower half polished and the top half still sanded dull.
A close up on the stripes so you can see the lines and how much orange peel is left even after sanding. It was not my goal to remove all the orange peel. My goal was to remove the excessive orange peel and over spray speckle to make it look as good as possible without risking having to repaint it again.