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If you have any experience wet sanding a new paint job, advice is needed =P

I recently started painting an old ford taurus that we are trading into the dealership (my sister is apparently in love w/ a focus ST, so she had to get one. However, the paint looks like HELL on the taurus, even though it is mechanically fine. I decided on my off days of work I would try and repaint it using that guide to repaint for $50.. Its been working well, however I have a small problem. Im using that 3m wetsanding paper to do the sanding. I keep it thouroughly soaked in water the entire time I sand, yet black crap from the paper rubs off into the paint. A lot of it washes off, but a fair amount is engrained into the paint. Im on my last sanding job using the ultra fine paper as my last coat, and I dont want the blackness to rub off and make me repaint. Any suggestions?
 

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don't rub so hard, keep it soaking at all times, and wet the paint as well, last resort... get some other sandpaper, though 3M is good stuff. Sand in a circular motion as well.
 

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I just watched my friend do this a few days ago. FIRST- SOAK the paper for around 2 or 3 minutes. Second-Make sure the surface of what your sanding is wet at all times. Third-wash off the excess.
 

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apply a little car shampoo as a lubricant as well. it's actually best to leave it soaking for at least 30 minutes too. if you plan on wetsanding in the morning. leave it to soak overnight.
 

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Thanks for the replies guys, I got it though =P

I decided to try dish soap (as a suggestion from a guy at Home Depot, where I bought the paper). I put the sandpaper in it, and then got distracted w/ some paint dripping on the car and attended to that.

It took about 20 minutes before I remembered the paper and came back, and started sanding the other bumper (dry by this time).. Wow that baby sanded smooooooth. I am seriously still in awe how sandpaper and a foam roller can put on such a smooth layer of paint. Unbelievable. This car is going to look amazing when its all done.
 

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Sand COMPLETELY to remove ALL (if any) 'orange peal' ripples, and the surface will look like a mirror. That is what is missing from stock paint jobs - orange peal removal (wet sanding).
 
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