How about clear coating over the scratches?
BTW Chumly, what did you think of MPC's case painting article this month? Kinda labor intensive from where I sit.... 2 grades of rubbing compound?
Used to do that back in the day on vintage show cars, but what about warming the paint so you don't get orange peel in the first place then using some clearcoat? Easier is better IMO.
I'm pretty disgruntled with Future Media right now. I still haven't recieve my issue, and just wrote a kind email suggesting that'll I'll just start driving over and picking the damn thing up. So, I'm not really sure on what they did. I'll have to read it sometime in March when I get it:p
I support rubbing compound on this stuff, but 2 kinds may be a little tedious IMO. There's some stuff my old boss has that really shines up a paintjob. Takes the little waves right out. I liked it, but haven't used it on my own stuff. Just my buddies bike that I was painting when I did that case. I then followed it up with good ol' wax and it just turned out looking sharp (I still like "The Wax Shop" stuff, and some "Eagle One" because it just smells like some armani cologne!).
And ya, I had some waves even with a good gun, but it's the nature of the paint really, and I'm still new to it I guess. I just remember lacquer going on smooth, then buffing it out. No itty bitty waves. I need more practice. I imagine their painter was a Master, and found it normal to do that double buff thing (my dad's a master and does all sorts of stuff I skip over, but I don't care!
). This stuff I had tried has some grit in it, and you did it by hand (no wheel like I was used to in Lacquer), so I can only assume the second was a much finer "grit" to finish it off with.
This orange peel thing has got me wondering where it went. I've layed this stuff on cold, wet, hot...nothing does it anymore! I think it's just too easy to lay down. Of course, I don't do it as quick as it's in the shop and usually BS about for a while, so it comes to room temp way before I think of doing any work. I'm slow like that. Maybe they're thinking of a different orange peel that we're thinking of. Orange peel to me is really bad, and not the waves I'm getting.
This is orange peel to me
and usually not something I could rub out. The only cure is sanding it out and re-shooting it AFAIC.
What I get right after curing is this stuff below:
It's really really small waves...if that even. It's just a surface that isn't mirror. I wouldn't call it orange peel though. Maybe just mixed too thick or too fast of hardener, I dunno. But it's on each of my jobs, and it comes right out with gentle hand buffing.
Oh wait! I bet if anything...is that article using PPG!? I get crummy results with PPG almost all the time, and it's a real PITA to get right. Orange Peel is almost a guaranty somewhere when I use that stuff. I can't "Feel" the stuff, and the flow is just weird to me.