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Old 07-10-2013, 07:47 AM   #1
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Need different pads/compound?

Sorry there aren't any pics - lighting is too poor, but yesterday I washed/clayed/polished/glazed/waxed my ZHP (Imola) with a PC 7424XP.

I initially used Wolfgang's Swirl Remover but that wasn't enough for some sections, so I switched to a more coarse Meguairs medium polish and I used the CCS Orange Light Cutting Pad (http://www.wolfgangcarcare.com/ccs-5inch-foam-pads.html - use link for reference).

The polish removed the swirls and a lot of scratches, but there are still some scratches showing (especially on the roof). After using a light/medium cutting pad with a medium cut polish - what should I go to next to try and safely remove the remaining scratches? A high cut pad and high cut polish?

I'll try to take some pics here to help yall out...
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Old 07-10-2013, 08:22 AM   #2
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You'll need to post pictures. Some scratches aren't worth chasing, if its a daily driver I would shoot for 90% correction. You don't want to remove so much clear coat you'll need to reprint after several years of polishing.

I'd also suggest getting a paint thickness guage if you plan on chasing deeper scratches.

meguiars m105 and m205 is a good combo.
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Old 07-10-2013, 08:31 AM   #3
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Yeah once I can get to some good light I'll snap some shots - but that's a good point. I'm the type of person to shoot for 100%, but that might not be realistic in this case... especially since it's a DD.
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Old 07-10-2013, 08:51 AM   #4
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Also - it seems impossible to properly polish the tailgate and front bumper with the PC. Does this need to be done by hand? I've tried searching but couldn't find anything helpful on hand polishing: compound/applicator/method/etc..

Any pointers?
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Old 07-10-2013, 05:38 PM   #5
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Also - it seems impossible to properly polish the tailgate and front bumper with the PC. Does this need to be done by hand? I've tried searching but couldn't find anything helpful on hand polishing: compound/applicator/method/etc..

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Good luck polishing a hard clear coat by hand I would not suggest this.

You will need to do more section passes and/or work in a smaller area. The PC isn't that powerful but it will work with patience and good technique. Pad size also matters, use 5 or 5.5inch pads with that machine.

I've gone to Mike Phillips detailing workshops he is an excellent teacher...here is a list of all of his article, do some research, make sure you have the proper technique and don't shoot for 100%.

http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/...-phillips.html
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Old 07-11-2013, 12:42 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the input!
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Old 07-11-2013, 12:44 PM   #7
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I noticed that when I got to the smaller areas that didn't apply even pressure to the surface of the entire pad - it would only oscillate, and not rotate, and I am using a smaller 5.5" pad w/ a 5" backplate...
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I noticed that when I got to the smaller areas that didn't apply even pressure to the surface of the entire pad - it would only oscillate, and not rotate, and I am using a smaller 5.5" pad w/ a 5" backplate...
If the pad isnt rotating correction isn't happening. The pad needs to be completely flat with uniform pressure. You may need to get a 3 inch backing plate and pads for smaller areas.
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