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Feather Sanding Auto Paint

Feather Sanding Auto Paint

“Feathering” is basically referring to separating the paint layers. By doing this you create a gradual taper rather than a hard edge. This will make the vehicle surface leveling easier.

“Feather Edging” is the process of feathering or layering each layer of coating in order to prevent a rough edge.

When you rub your hand across a repair, you should not be able to feel where one paint layer starts or stops. It got its name by where two coats meet, look like the edge of a feather.



Using a Buffer/Sander and 150 - 200 grit sand paper, apply the sand paper all along the edge of the paint, working in a circular motion until the edges are smooth. Feather each layer of paint at least a ¼ inch outside of the blemish. This will eliminate any hard, rough paint edges.

Feel with your hand to ensure that all the edges are completely smooth. Repeating the process until your bare hand can no longer feel any “ridges”.

Blend your base-coat, spraying from the outside inwards, reapplying three or four coats of paint, allowing five to ten minutes drying time between each coat.

Wait 30 minutes then apply three to four coats of Clear Coat.

Regardless of the type of paint you are working with, a spot in the centre of a panel is going to be extremely hard to make invisible. If you can use any of the body lines to minimize your seams it will help. Also, spraying the panel with the pain being used (base/clear or single stage) and then adding lacquer thinner 50/50 on the last coat to “burn it” in. Then you can sand and buff.

The alternative is to add graphics to cover the spot.