Sand isn’t just for the beach
The Olds doesn’t look that much different in these pictures, taken today, than it did in the pictures that were taken yesterday. The only differences are that the right fender has been put on and the door handles and mirrors have been taken off … and the entire car has been sanded.
Sanding roughs the paint so when the new paint is applied it has a surface that it can sink its teeth into for good adhesion. The paint appears to be dull and lifeless because it is dull and lifeless. Sanding removes every bit of the shine the paint has, but that is all part of the process.
What shine we take off today, we will more than put back when we paint the car.