BUFFING URETHAN CLEARCOATS

now in this video I want to try to show that one of the little techniques I use and we’re using it at this point in time on my track bike project to to put a final finish on a paint that’s been parted that’s been painted and has clear urethane on it now I just want to show two part up-close first yeah it looks kind of shiny but as you look at it real close there’s some dust because we’re not painting in a spray booth environment we don’t have a spray booth that’s the reason why pretty simple reason but now a lot of people would be very happy with this finish in it this is a track bike so maybe I should be happy with it too I don’t know but I wanted to show it it’s a it’s a relatively simple relatively inexpensive thing to buff out paint a couple of things the paint has to be dry if you try to do this while the paint is still soft and this in a case of painting in a winter paint takes a lot longer to dry so the first step is I have some 2,000 grit sandpaper you can tell the number and they make 3000 grit 2500 this is two thousand I found that to be for this project plenty good if you were doing a real real show bike that you had put a lot of time into the paint work in you might want to have 2500 or 3000 so the first step on any of these things is I have a little bucket of soapy water always want to keep the paper good and wet and a lot of people are real hesitant to take apart that looks in their eyes shiny and sand it now when you sand it of course and I’m gonna try to show this in real time without camera breaks and Photoshop and whatever 2,000 grit paper usually in a couple of minutes two or three minutes will dull out a surface now you can also do this to paint assuming the paint has enough clear on it now a lot of factory bikes factory parts have a very little amount of clear because they don’t intend you to do this so when I buff apart I’m buffing on at least three coats of clear sometimes five or six depending on the project if I’m doing a show bike I may even have more you don’t know but one of the tricks are putting a lot of coats of clear on is just put each coat on and let it dry a few days before you put the next coat don’t put it on one right after another and that’s what we’ve done with this bike is put a coat on waited a few days put a coat on waited a few days and even though this is a track bikes not going any shows or anything we just want to have this surface dull and I wanted to show this as step one now and it doesn’t matter if you’re doing a guitar a boat a model airplane or whatever to to just buff apart that’s not been 2,000 grit sandpaper what happens is it takes a lot more time to buff it so the first step is I want it to look at this and candlelit now in my shop a little lights here a fluorescent but you can see and I’m gonna try to show this but I’m not sure it’s going to come off if you can see there’s a little shiny spot there a little slot would add dust got into it cause we’re painting outside of course some of the little areas up here but before I do any buffing I want to have all of these little shiny spots dull so and again it can take a little time the finer grit paper to bigger the number is the finer to grit a couple drops a dish soap in the water is all you need but this part of it can be a little labor-intensive depending on how big the parties and how flat it is a complex shape part sometimes you have to either make a little polishing tool or just do it by hand while you’re sitting watching television or whatever but I again I’ve I’ve done this for many many years kind of narrow down a lot of things that don’t work for me and a lot of things that should work but the biggest part of it right now is once that clear is dry is make sure it’s good and hard make sure that you don’t have any little shiny spots the whole thing is flat dull sometimes this get on a big part can get a little boring now we got a little spot up here and as I just go through and pick away at these little spots it’s going to take a little time a few minutes but when we’re done before we move on to the buffing part which is kind of the easy part this is the hard part getting rid of anything that’s shiny now of course if you have a spray booth you’ll have a lot less in the final coat and and if you’re a lot less

fussy if you just want to have a a paint finish that a little bit of dust and it doesn’t mean anything a little bit of orange peel whatever that’s that’s all in the eye of the beholder but in my case from and I’ve been painting over 50 years so I really take a lot of pride in having some really nice paint work whether it’s the motorcycle or a guitar whatever it may be we’ve even painted some outboard engines for people for their boats among other things that and of course a lot of model airplanes now I’m closing in on havingness and and if you see it in real time it’ll kind of make sense it annoys me when somebody does a camera chop right in the middle of something and you say well how long did that think well now as this dries it’s going to show more and more at a little wet spots if I show it up here now it’s it’s basically flat and dull and out on this same youtube channel there’s many many videos of different paint jobs that we’ve done here in a shop there’s some model airplane videos doing the same thing but once you have this surface and this is a 2000 grit dull surface we’re pretty much done with the water now let me put the water away and this is the part that gets to be fun this is a product they make this in several grits this is the finest of the grit normally if you were doing a show bike a real high-end show bike or show car you’d want all three two grits you’d want to do two grit to sanding then you’d want to use the roughest grit move on to the next grit and then finish it with this grit but I found with this urethane and this is the least expensive of the urethanes this is Gavin’s urethane that if the the prefix numbers are 77 so what happens is with this material there’s a couple of little tips that I’ve learned number one you head down to Old Harbor Freight and you bite us yet list price 415 if you have a coupon it’s around 11 you buy a set of pads and you never change the pad you use this pad with this material you don’t use another material and then put some other compound or wax this pad will stay with this material for the life of what we’re doing now in this material we’ll take a little bit longer than normal to put a shine on to bring that gloss up and again because I already have some material on here and when you buy these pads by the way in Hope afraid of course very inexpensive it’s not a good idea to try to get the ultimate mileage out of them because once they get hard and gritty they’re not going to put a nice shine on anything I try to smear this material around now this material which I begin at the body shop supply is relatively expensive the buffing wheel and buffer is relatively cheap so again depending on the shape and apart and this part because it’s almost flat should be relatively easy to do notice that word relative appears in a lot of a lot of these sentences now you can also do this I’ve done this – I bought bikes than a 30 years old mm grit in the paint don’t over sand it because you just remove and paint that you really want to leave on and and typically the older paints will buff up really really really nice now you can do the same thing by hand you can take a microfiber and do it by hand the pants that you buy you can buy microfiber microfiber pads you can buy all kinds of high-tech foam pads you can buy and I have one outside actually I show it on one of the future videos I have the big buffer that you can make a rope it turns around in a circle that tends to put swirls on this is orbital and I don’t have any choices and for $12 you don’t get a lot of choices it’s it’s strictly orbital now what I try to do if if there’s nobody in the shop I even put on some TV show a football game around the GP race or a cafe racer episode or some of them and notice what I’m doing is I’m not doing this holding us in one spot that that’s really kind of a no-no a way you can tell if you’re overdoing it is feel apart with your hands if it’s getting hot you’re probably not doing

yourself a favor it’s got to stay cool I try to go around the edges with the edges are gonna pick up the sunlight and the trick at this point is don’t get bored no don’t say I’m done with that part and we’re going all up and have a salami sandwich the trick is kind of just keep moving it around a little by little it doesn’t that it doesn’t have to be as fast as I’m doing it but it’s again it’s not a good idea to do that it’s not a good idea to hold it on an edge where there’s a mountain top there’s a high spot you’d like to not hold it on the high spot you’d like to do that edge that edge and then just work up to that and touch it same thing with the edges here here and here now as many people as have learned over the course of either watching windy videos or worked in the shop or learn the techniques I’ve used believe me there’s a million ways to paint there’s a million ways to do things there’s a million if money is no object you can buy this in three different grades you can buy a $200 buffer you can buy all kinds of things the thing to always remember is when you’re buffing out paint be working over under a fluorescent light if you do it in incandescent light it doesn’t show up nearly as well now I can see from looking at this real close we’re starting to work up having a shine already so the trick is now just don’t get full killed don’t get bored there’s no effort well I can do this with my left hand my right hand I can let the part walk around I have a bench with some towels that kind of hold it down now usually when you put the material on wet it’s going to show that you’re always wet wet wet wet wet and then it eventually will dry out and you’ll think oh I need to put more material that you really don’t once you get some material on there it’s going to dry itself out and you’re gonna wind up with assuming you don’t lose patience and you just tough it out you’re gonna wind up with whether it’s an old part a new part you’re gonna wind up with a finish that’s absolutely amazing and I’ve always I’ve always used this as an example when I first bought the or one that I have I took it apart and took all the Snickers off it and buffed out the paint as the first cosmetic change I made the device and I went back to motorcycle mall to where there were three or four other our once parked in front of the building on a sunny day in park mine right in the middle of the pack and you could stand back and see there was no question in my mind or anybody actually in anybody’s mind whose bike was shinier it was it was kind of a you didn’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure it out and now that was important to me may not be important to some people why should a toilet isn’t important to something and as much as I laugh about it that the one thing now whether you buy an old bike that’s 30 40 years old and the paint needs work or if you have brand new paint and you just want to make it as nice as possible what this does it allows you to clean up light wax it so easily wanna trap anything shiny is easy to maintain anything with a flat ball finishes of bear to keep now I don’t like to push so hard that I here to buffer slowing down again this is an inexpensive thing eventually at some point in time turns out the brushes you can buy Universal brushes and blows and just replace more usually at that point the bearings are shot in the motor and stuff because I use these they’re really not made to be an industrial tool but I use it like one and no matter how many hours you do this assuming you’re not bored a lot of this stuff you can do without even taking a bike apart you can do the gas tank you do the fairing the ticket but it’s easier of course right now it’s easier if you just have the parts in your hand now you’ll always add some shine and gloss by putting carnuba wax on us but until you’re happy with the shine I wouldn’t want a carnauba wax it because you may want to add another coat of clear this video material here has no silicone and itself I could just if I was not happy or if I bump through on an edge or something what I can do is just go down and sand it a little more clean it with m600 and put another coat of

paint on again it’s gets boring after sometime it’s always good to to have somebody keeping your company or have a TV or a radio or whatever one but but again it’s so years ago a buffer used to be a couple of hundred dollars a good but good one now a serviceable buffer for on the fifteen dollars is all you really need to do these kind of parts now once it’s to that point microfibers do work a lot better than I just happen to have this tab all in here right now now what I’ve done is I’ve gotten some of the spots as shiny as I need them some of them not so I’m gonna move the part around so I hit it with a different edge of the buffer I’m tying it to the point yes I have dried out all the material once it’s dry and you see you’re not swirling material around you have to add a little material but it’s always better to put a little bit of material down twice then make a big puddle of stuff that you can’t get off the park now in case of model airplanes we used to do almost all the puffing by hand with Bounty paper towels it was very labor-intensive a motorcycle is a lot easier cause the paint is on a line thicker a guitar for instance you can just pile a paint on you can put but it’s a very I think a very easy way to upgrade stuff what I’m doing I’m trying not to get up on the ridge here and take that the point off the ridge now another thing you can always try it is Bounty paper towels or microfibers or a clean towel now what’s different is the shine we had before was kind of a plastic looking I don’t know how to really describe it it had the look of a piece of plastic the shine we have now is more of a shine you would get from a painted surface again I’ve still missed some spots up here I’m being really fussy I really want this part to shine what I’ve done and patience is the name of the game if you’re if you if you’re impatient you’re really not going to have to ignite a success you’ll have you just take your time because once you’re done with this maintaining it maintaining this finish kinda like the motorcycle is nothing but some McGuire’s wax some spray detailer or whatever now I always go back because once I cede it I’ve gotten the part shiny and it’s still a couple little dull spots again I’m very fussy about this most people would just be happy with less of a shine I’d like to have it as nice as possible just me in my personal way I like to do things and in my case I like to just sometimes take the motorcycle out of the garage put it in driveway get that old carnuba wax off wax the wall up and just sitting out my lunch looking at I always think motorcycles are really like pieces of artwork when they’re polished up and cleaned up now again if you look at it from any angle there’s always going to be an angle you’ll see some spot that could use a little more and now you’ve reached a point

I’m at the point now where it’s just a question of how fussy do I want to be now what I would normally have and I will do it on this one but on a future video I’ll take another pad a totally distinct pad with carnuba wax and that will preserve the finish even if we take a ride in a rainstorm or bike sits out in a garage wall for three months without being touched now I’m looking at again I’m looking for little spots one spot right there I’d like to get rid of again you may not see the difference because this is not not really like especially if you looking at this on a cell phone you’re really not going to see anything but when you see the parts in real life or you see them out in bright Sun bright Sun see when you’re working on the fluorescent lights it shows all the mistakes when you’re working out in an incandescent light it masks all the mistakes so any shop that’s really doing very high quality work you want all lights to be fluorescent because the fluorescent allows you to pick up the mistakes with your eyes a lot better now I’m not sure I really I’m not sure if that’s going to have the intended look when I take it out in the Sun I’m going to go take it out in the Sun see if I see any spots that I’m really not happy with right now but that would be my technique for basically for buffing out a motorcycle part in about 15-20 minutes there’s probably eight ten parts so you can figure out how much time it would take to do a whole motorcycle and you could do a whole car actually this way anything that’s painted and all the stuff that the buffer and the pads and everything from Harbor Freight are so much cheaper than anywhere else that always look and hall before aid first anyway I hope you’ve enjoyed watching that and picked up some good information now the reason is know what may as well put this down right now for one second if you just hang with me for one second what we’re gonna do is we have all these parts yet the buff we got a fender that needs to be buffed some parts back here windshield these are all parts of our ongoing track bike project that I’ve been putting up this part and I can show this right now it was done on a day that the wind was really blowing and there’s a lot of dust in here well I’ll come right out that’s not a problem at all and some of the parts like this this one’s already been buffed and look how nice that one looks so I can show off my handiwork here or whatever and I made some of the parts a little custom like this part here this is usually where the key fob is that’s got to be buffed yet it’s really not real shiny yet and the other thing we’ve been doing lately is all that a bike so I’m trying to seat around here this is we made a custom seat cover and by the way getting that curve up there in the in the vinyl was really a big job but we can do it get some custom just custom little touches on a bike now this again this is a track bike it’s only for riding on the track but we still enjoy I enjoy having it as nice as possible there’s no reason that I can understand there’s no reason not to have it as nice as possible the tank is that well the seat here’s the seat that’s an accustomed decal in by John Pothier and we still haven’t finished a tank but but again it’s there’s a lot left to be done and ultimately we hope we’re going to be riding it on a track and when you see this bike in one piece all put together and the paint’s all buffed out well I’m not so sure how it’s going to come out until it’s done but I think it’s going to be a unique

one-of-a-kind motorcycle and we’ll enjoy riding it on a track in new years to come and hope you picked up some information off the video