Okay, lets cotinine the never ending stream of pictures, I've posted so many a Flickr Pro account has just added to the expenses...
(The pics are always clickable for larger btw)
If you spray with real gear and everything is perfect you will get a good, maybe even great flat finish but usually like you see on modern cars there is orange peel. Wet sanding is always done on high end finishes but no major manufacturer is going to dedicate this time get perfection.
I appreciate to some this is all over-the-top but I'm also honing a skill and learning, I've sanded several high end cars and practice is always good.
The forks had a lot angles and my setup was not great so there were parts that didn't flow well. I don't have much on the frame at all because I took more care but I'll sand what is there out too.
You can see the reflection here
2000 grit wet n dry and a bucket of warm soapy water, try you use a flat block but on something like this you are going to need your fingers.
You'd be surprised how much sanding you can do before you go through the clear coat but once you are through, it is ruined obviously! The colour base coat is very thin compared to clear, so when you sand through you nearly always take the colour with it.
Edges and curves are to be treated with a lot of care, sometimes you need to make a judgement call and leave those hard places alone / respect the thickness of clear you have; a little peel is better than no clear
Couple of mins..
and when you are done
Some people say they can recover from 2000 grit by hand polishing but I never have been able to.
Dual action polisher, couple different compounds and a bunch of pads.
It doesn't take long
A good straight line reflection is always what you are looking for
The easy part should be putting them back together but the disassembly was over a year ago and I now just have a box of bits
97 GT LTS-1
99 GT Lobo DH 1000 x 2