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Here’s another piece of kit we came to love this week: good sandpaper.  We picked up some of Norton’s 800, 1200, 1500, and 2000 grit SandWet product from the paint shop after they got done laughing at our rattle-can project. 

The real winner here, though, is the 2000 grit.  It offers a totally different level of control from the 320 grit you find at the big-box stores.  We were even able to make some minor repairs on a clear-coated finish, then add just a little clear to cover up the work.

The SandWet works for either wet or dry sanding — a function of the material used for the backing paper — and it’s great to have in the shop.  Like I said, we picked up the other grits while we were there so we’ve got a variety to work with.

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Wet sanding can your ride’s paint job from “also ran” to “show stopper,” but if you’re not careful you can end up with irregular deep scratches that take you right back to square one.  Norton Automotive claims that unique shaping of the aluminum oxide heat-treated grain on their Black Ice sandpaper provides a more consistent cut, which means less accidental deep scratches, more uniform finish, and less re-sanding.

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