> I am just finishing a PML Ariel and have noticed that the finish has parts
>> that have an orange peel look instead of a smooth finish. Will car polish
>> smooth out the finish or is there another way? Thanks in advance.
Well you're half way there, I paint cars for a living when I'm not building and
flying model rockets, and the best way to remove the orange peel from a finish
is to first wet sand the model with 1200 or 1500 grit sandpaper. Do this until
the entire model (or area) has a even, satin - looking appearance. I should
mention at this point that clearcoated finishes work better with this
technique then "regular"(non-clearcoated) finishes. Although regular finishes
will work, the shine will not be as impressive. Anyway, after all wet sanding
is complete, compound the model with Meguire's #5 compound. this should bring
the shine back up. After this done, use a liquid or paste automotive wax.
hope this has been of some help to you.
**Next Rocket Launch At Goddard is 5/17/98* *