Orange peel removal
Break up your surface work area into manageable sizes, for instance process 1/4 of your hood area at a time instead of trying to work the entire hood in one pass. Start by wet sanding the surface with Rupes X-Cut Foam Abrasive P1500. The 1500 grit sanding disc is great for the first two or three passes over the work area surface, smoothing without creating deep scratches. To wet sand, attach the 1500 grit foam abrasive directly to your Rupes orbital polisher. For sanding, you will want to keep to no more than a 12mm orbit, making the Rupes LHR 12E Duetto the perfect tool for this job. Lightly mist the surface area to be worked with water from a spray bottle, turn on your orbital polisher and work the X-Cut Foam Abrasive sanding disc over the work surface in overlapping vertical and then horizontal strokes. You will want to follow up the P1500 with two or three passes with the X-Cut Foam Abrasive P2000, and finish up sanding the work area with one to three passes with the X-Cut Foam Abrasive P3000. There is no need to apply pressure to the sander, simply guide the sander letting the orbital motion do it’s work. After passing over the work surface a couple of times (misting with water when needed), stop your orbital sander and gently wipe the worked surface with a soft, Image Control, microfiber towel.
When you are finished sanding you should have a smooth surface, ready for your polishing compound. You will need to decide on the cutting power of your polishing compound and the polishing pad you will apply it with. The Rupes system offers many choices in high performance polishing pads, giving you the flexibility to address any type of detailing job you come across. You can select between four different compound pads with, course, medium, fine, and ultra-fine cell structures. You also have the option of going with the innovative Rupes microfiber polishing pads.