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Jon Lindstrom has been doing this a long time and over the years he’s picked up quite a few tricks. When cutting down over graphics, like these stripes, he uses a different technique compared to regular panels. As Jon told us, “Charlie Hutton, of Foose and Coddington fame, stopped by the shop and said that we should start with a coarser paper and a harder block to knock down the areas over graphics.” This is because, with today’s high-solids clears, a soft pad will just float over the bumps rather than knocking them down. Depending on the condition of the paint, Jon starts with either 400 or 600-grit paper. In this case he chose 600-grit.