The striping is fading as I polish.  Used the #2 polish and it is beginning to 
reflect a bit better as well as having the stripes become less noticeable.   I 
probably should have buffed it before polishing.  As I work on it, I become 
less interested in having it perfect and more inclined to let it have 
imperfections so that it has some age/character in keeping with its age.


> On Sep 22, 2016, at 5:57 AM, Curt Raymond via Mercedes 
> <> wrote:
> Tiger striping sounds like inconsistent coverage, probably you are too close 
> to the panel when you paint.
> Better quality rattle cans tend to cover better. I hate how most of them make 
> a round profile, you end up with too much paint around the edges and not 
> enough in the center. Better quality cans give a flat line profile, much 
> easier to work with. I prefer Krylon paint, its thinner and I feel like I 
> have better control.
> Practice, practice practice. One of the old guys that helped me learn said 
> you would know you were good when you could put a good coat of paint on a 
> piece of vertical glass...
> -CurtNot there yet.
>      From: clay <>
> To: Curt Raymond <>; Mercedes Discussion List 
> <> 
> Sent: Thursday, September 22, 2016 1:34 AM
> Subject: Re: [MBZ] OT: Golf paint
> I am dicking around with the dang paint on Polei.  
> Rattle can John Deere Rustoleum has been given the 1500 then 2000 grit.  The 
> doors are fresher paint then on the hood and trunk.  I wonder if I need to 
> use rubbing compound to get an even finish as a base.  The spray gave tiger 
> striping instead of a smooth coat.  Today I used Griot’s #1 polishing 
> compound, but it was not able to give me a consistent base.  It did begin to 
> give a bit of polish and shine.  On the El Cheapo Lowes rattle white the 
> results were more promising.  Still tiger stripes, but the shine was 
> beginning to show.  
> I did the first coat of paint with an 800 grit.  Second was 1000, third 
> (white) was 1500.   Greens were 800 initial wet sand, then 1500.  Final for 
> both colors was 2000.  Three coats of green, the Good Lord only knows how 
> many of the El Cheapo rattle whites I sprayed.  I think I had a dozen cans of 
> finish el cheapo.  I used three rustoleum white base and primer in a can over 
> the Rust Fix stuff and the grey primers.
> Should I use a rubbing compound to give a consistent base for both colors?  I 
> am not happy with the tiger striping.  A more professional spray application 
> would have had a wider pattern that decreased the opportunity for striping 
> clay 
> 2002 s430 - Victor, a Stately & well tailored chap
> 1974 450sl -  Frosch - Two tone green1986 SDL - Polei
> retired models-1976 300D - Blei Vanst - it looks silvery
> 1972 220D - Gump - She was green, simple and ran
> 1995 E300D - Gave her life to save me against a Dame in a SUV
> POS 1987 SDL - Beware Nigerian Scammers
> On Sep 20, 2016, at 8:18 AM, Curt Raymond via Mercedes 
> <> wrote:
> Yesterday I went to our local Federal Auto Parts (sadly my local Car Quest 
> got bought by Advance which then took a profitable location and ran it out of 
> business) and got some 1000 and 1200 grit sandpaper. I went all over the 
> fender with the 1000 and then the 1200, then again with the 2000 I had 
> before. Got it all smooth, then hit it with polishing compound and finally 
> wax.
> It looks.... Okay.
> Actually it pretty well matches the rest of the car. I think with a buffer I 
> could probably polish it to be a 6 or 7 but not better. The clear coat I got 
> from isn't that great, it came out really thin so I had to 
> really load it on to keep it from orange peeling, I was unimpressed.
> As with most of my paint jobs one spot seems to have had light paint coverage 
> (on an edge naturally) that I didn't notice and burned through just slightly 
> when I color sanded. It appears to be well covered with clear so I'm not 
> worried about it. Another spot has a huge run but its in a corner and 
> shouldn't be too noticeable, I can't tell if thats in the color or the clear.
> In the end I should strip and repaint but I'm so tired of this I'm gonna just 
> slap it on, it'll be better than the garbage thats there now. I'll try to do 
> better on the other side but I need a better paint supplier.
> -Curt
> ___________________ 


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