Wet Sanding & Polishing

After at least 16 hours of air dry time, Adkins begins by dry sanding all the flat areas with an Eastwood DA sander with 1,500-grit 06041 Norton Dry Ice paper for polishing. For areas that need hand-sanding due to contours and sharp edges that could easily cut through with a machine sander, he switches to hand wet-sanding with Norton Black Ice 662611.

Following that, Adkins re-sands with Norton Ice 3,000-grit DA discs (No. 06013) using an interface pad to soften the DA pad surfaces. He works from bottom to top using a squirt bottle with water mixed with just a touch of dish soap as lubrication to sand the surface to a light shine prior to compounding. Wet sanding from the bottom up ensures that he is moving into clean water and not grinding the removed particles into the paint. Mothers 81132 or 81232 HD compound with a wool pad are used for initial cutting. A switch to Mothers 83432 polish with a foam pad then removes scratches and swirls from the compound. To finish to a crystalline shine, Adkins hand-details everything with Mothers Glaze and fresh microfiber towels.

Max Effort will always be more about function over form, but thanks to quality tools and products, and Adkins' exceptional talent, no one would ever guess we weren't planning on just building the best-looking Cougar track car ever. Man, that first rock chip is going to hurt.

BY THE NUMBERS
Supplies & Tools

ChemSpec Paint Supplies
QTY: Description: PN: Price:
(1) Metacryl Epoxy Primer (Gallon) 7396A $96.75
(1) Metacryl Epoxy Hardener (Gallon) 7365 $78.18
(11) Metalux White Filler Primer (Liter) 9341-001 $43.07
(2) Metalux Primer Hardener (Quart) 9091 $62.83
(2) Metalux Clear Coat (Gallon) 9354 $139.70
(4) Metalux Clear Hardener (Quart) 9352 $46.53
(2) Metalux Reducer (Gallon) 1159 $41.62
(2) Metalux Basecoat (Gallon) 1159-222 $35.83
(1) Metalux GM Arctic White (Code 10) (Gallon) WA9567 $226.94
(2) Metalux GM Torch Red (Code 70) (Quart) WA9075 $149.32
(2) Metalux Super Black (Liter) 9302 $66.08

Eastwood Materials
QTY: Description: PN: Price:
(4) Weld-Through Primer Aerosol 12899Z $14.99
(2) Eastwood 2K Self Leveling Seam Sealer 51653Z $29.99
(4) Eastwood Contour Body Filler 13520ZP $59.99
(4) Eastwood Contour Glazing Putty 13521ZP $24.99
(1) USC All-Metal 50751ZP $39.99
(1) USC Duraglas 50756ZP $74.99
(2) USC Polycoated Blue Masking Paper 14743 $59.99
(7) 2K Ceramic Satin Chassis Black (Quart) 50430ZP $44.99
(7) Urethane/Ceramic Activator (8 oz) 21854Z $14.99
(2) Epoxy Primer Black (Quart) 12785 $24.99
(2) Epoxy Primer Catalyst (Quart) 50243ZP $16.99
(1) 5-piece Dura-Block 31160 $59.99
(1) Eastwood 6-in D/A Air Palm Sander 13748 $39.99
(1) Fairmount Master Hammer & Dolly Set 14415 $299.99
(1) Eastwood 4-Stage Desiccant System 20474 $449.99

Mothers Materials:
PN: Price:
Mothers Professional HD Rubbing Compound 81232 $31.97
Mothers Professional Foam Pad polish 83432 $28.97
Mothers Professional Hand Glaze 84532 $17.97

SOURCE
Forgeline Forged Alloy Wheels
3578 South Kettering
Dayton
OH  45439
800-886-0093
www.forgeline.com
Norton Abrasives
800-456-8444
http://www.nortonabrasives.com
Eastwood Company
263 Shoemaker Road
Pottstown
PA  19464
800-343-9353
http://www.eastwood.com
VFN Fiberglass
330 West Factory Rd.
Addison
IL  60101
630-543-0232
www.vfnfiberglass.com
Pacific Coast Powder Coating
1817 E Avenue Q
Suite C-1
Palmdale
CA  93550
866-640-2855
http://www.pacificcoastpowdercoa
ting.ne
Mothers
5456 Industrial Drive
Huntington Beach
CA  92649
714-891-3364
http://www.mothers.com
Mustangs Unlimited
185 Adams St.
Manchester
CT  06040
860-647-1965
www.mustangsunlimited.com
Hoosier Racing Tire
65465 U.S. 31
Lakeville
IN  46536
574-784-3152
www.hoosiertire.com
West Coast Classic Cougar
503-463-1130
http://www.westcoastclassiccouga
rinc.com
Reliable Carriers, Inc.
4155 Koppernick
Canton
MI  38187
Year One
PO Box 129
Tucker
GA  30085
800-932-7663
770-496-1949
http://www.yearone.com
Wild WesPaintworks
330-323-4949
http://www.WildWesPaintworks.com
Woodward Fab
1480 Old US 23
PO Box 425
Hartland
MI  48353
800-391-5419
http://www.woodwardfab.com/
Highlander Concept Rendering
360-461-1668
http://www.travishiglander.com