Sizing up a repair, and deciding how best to handle it. Please note, I am nowhere near the car. In viewing the pictures I know with reasonable certainty what I suggest be done to solve his problem.
Heres the actual discussion:
I would forego the color sand and just try buffing with a light liquid compound. Or, if you understand how 3m's finesse© works... It is a chemical cut. This means you are not relying on the grit of compound to do the work. Finesse © works by way of a chemical process whereby RPM and the heat created by it provides the cutting power needed to takes the finish down slowly . Of course in this example the scratches are made as a result of the accident. But whether cutting scratches from an accident or sandpaper, were accomplishing the same thing. If the scratches are light enough you might be able to get away with it. But let's stop here for a moment and discuss the properties of both the material and the action of the buffer. A buffer is a very effective tool for correcting paint problems due to accidents, fallout, the weather whatever. But before you go crazy with a buffer on a late model car be aware of the Dynamics of the buffer wheel on a painted finish. For reference I'm going to use north east south west. North is straight in front of you and the front of the buffer pad east is the right side of pad. South is the section of the pad closest to ( you ) the operator. West of course is the left side. Ok think of the cutting power of the pad. What action is going to offer the best cutting ( and therefore the polishing Action ) ok if my buffer is turning in a clockwise position, then I'm going to tilt my buffer onto the east side of the pad. Why..?. Because of the direction of rotation. If my buffer pad was spinning counter-clockwise I'd be up on the west side of the pad. I'm tilting the pad into my work. Ok let's look at the fender on Jordan's Honda car again. First keep your eyes out for BODY LINES. When you are buffing the car especially with compound you have to be extra careful to stay off the body lines or you will burn right through them. Okay what are we doing with the buffer...? We are restoring a paint job.. or perfecting a paint job. If I pull a freshly painted car out of a spray booth, why on Earth am USING SANDPAPER..? Two main reasons, #1 orange peel #2 trash in the paint. When you paint a car. Tiny particles become airborne. When they land on the finish they become what we call a "nib" in the paint. Under a microscope you would have a small hill. On a finished paint job you will have a bunch of them. On more modern booths one will see an occasional paint job with very few.
Orange peel, most of us know what that is. The surface across the top of the paint resembles the surface of an orange. This,. Because the desired build up of the clear coat protects the color coat for the life of the car. However, cars painted by hand not machines in a factory will be custom sanded to the owners liking. Purist, or those maniacs like myself, who go to painstaking efforts to "level" a paint job which can be likened unto a lake at 6:00 am with no wind. A perfectly calm body of water looks almost dreamlike in smoothness and giving the illusion of soft. Depending on the color and available light, can produce amazing results... And it's addictive. Ok back on earth, ; ) Jordans Honda has a beautiful electric blue color. Like our customers, we want Jordan to be simply stunned at how nice his car is and unscathed as the day he bought it.