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Any tips on using Rub n Buff
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I've now had to sand the paint and rub'n'buff off my dome and a few other pieces twice.  Is there a secret to applying Rub n Buff?  I end up with a dullness to the finish which ends up looking worse than the metallic aluminum rattle can I've sprayed.  

I've seen numerous folks mention using their hands, but I find it tends to pool up inconsistently leaving me swirls of material left behind.  I've also seen folks "buff" it while applying with a cloth but it seems to dry or ball up, I apparently am not grasping what they mean.
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#2
Use less - a little goes a long way. If you try and apply too much at one time, you will get the dullness and splotches that you are experiencing.
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#3
Larry is right use a little and do small patches and then let it dry before a quick light buff.
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#4
This light buffing we speak of...  Is it round and round with a cloth, my hand?  I honestly can't say I've ever "buffed" anything before.  Just watched the Mandalorian armor tutorial, may just try my hands since he has a nice shine to it.  I'll try it this evening and update in the morning if it worked.
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(06-29-2018, 05:13 AM)Prettyfloralbonnet Wrote: This light buffing we speak of...  Is it round and round with a cloth, my hand?  I honestly can't say I've ever "buffed" anything before.  Just watched the Mandalorian armor tutorial, may just try my hands since he has a nice shine to it.  I'll try it this evening and update in the morning if it worked.

I've had the best results with my bare fingers. You have to do small, overlapping, areas (2-3 inches), which is why it's so difficult doing the dome. Once you get a smooth coat on it, you can use a buffer (like one used to wax your car) to give it a shine. Because it's a wax, you can't paint over it, so it has to be your top-coat.
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I might have figured out my first problem...here's two blobs from two different tubes of rub'n'buff that I had.  

[Image: kDCnCKu.jpg?2]

The second picture, assuming I posted this correctly, is what it looks like after polishing the piece with a typical powered polisher.  It seems that it's very picky on how I apply it.  I didn't blend it well enough on the right one, leaving behind some swirls.  The buffing didn't do anything visually to the pieces but they're much smoother to the touch.

[Image: QJxlGD1.jpg?3]
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#7
Just an FYI - if you plan on weathering, you may want to use paint on any parts that will be weathered. Because it's a wax, I have found that paint doesn't stick very well to the rub-n-buff.

In my case, I only used it on the dome.
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#8
I don't know if it helps but I used an aluminium prime/paint spray as a base then I put rub'n buff silver leaf on top. I basically put a little blob on the surface then used an old sock to rub it in/spread it out... then repeated until the surface was covered.
I think my end result looks kind of like brushed steel or something... I will be trying to replicate it... once I can get my dome smooth enough.


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