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Old 10-24-2008, 01:05 PM   #1
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polishing? buffing?

i saw this done to a imola red e36.

from this:



to this:


how?!
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Old 10-24-2008, 03:00 PM   #2
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Old 10-24-2008, 08:52 PM   #3
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That's what I was going to ask - How?

Actually I know how to do it but ask how this was done i.e. process, products etc.
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Old 10-24-2008, 09:46 PM   #4
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With a machine (random orbital or rotary) and a polish (Menzerna, Meguiars, 3M, 1Z, Chemical Guys, etc) and a lot of patience and determination to finish, that is possible. I'll blow your guys minds even further right now with my before and afters



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Old 10-24-2008, 11:37 PM   #5
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With a machine (random orbital or rotary) and a polish (Menzerna, Meguiars, 3M, 1Z, Chemical Guys, etc) and a lot of patience and determination to finish, that is possible. I'll blow your guys minds even further right now with my before and afters
What exposure are you playing with?

I will post mine, but i'm lazy........
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Old 10-25-2008, 12:08 AM   #6
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buffer and Polish and a lot of time

my decent attempt, dont have any good before after ones from my car but heres my moms car:


and the whole side of the car looked liked that before and this was the after, no wax/glaze/sealant yet:
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Old 10-25-2008, 01:24 AM   #7
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My gosh, that almost looks like a mirror finish. Are you sure your not taking a photo at the mirror . Job well done! I've got a random orbital machine myself, but it kinda of annoys me because it leaves behind these fibers.
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Old 10-25-2008, 01:14 PM   #9
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What exposure are you playing with?

I will post mine, but i'm lazy........
Dunno, sorta dark so I made it only focus on the lights so it was on auto. It was the best lights we had at the time to use since I bought the machine 3 days prior lol

and of course M0nk3y, all done with a PC to 95% correction

EDIT: just want to add that this was around the time I melted the first backing plate Greg sent me
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Dunno, sorta dark so I made it only focus on the lights so it was on auto. It was the best lights we had at the time to use since I bought the machine 3 days prior lol

and of course M0nk3y, all done with a PC to 95% correction

EDIT: just want to add that this was around the time I melted the first backing plate Greg sent me


bimmerforums is being retarded, and I can't pull up my threads...

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Haha, no matter what you say about the % correction m0nk3y, we are both right due to our experiences. Our techniques have a huge part in what we are able to do with our machines

I even got a Jag decklid to do some comparison tests of products with my PC too. I figure it'll help some of the noobs here see what the PC is capable of in the right hands or something . Gotta get ready the stuff before I can do it though so this is just a general picture with no correction


EDIT: Here is a pic of what it looks like right now just so you know I'm not cheating
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Old 11-04-2008, 11:50 AM   #12
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so i use a buffer? i've never used one before. i wanna make my car look that clean! anything i SHOULDNT do? or something i shouldnt use? recommendations on a buffer? when buying a buffer what do i need? extra pad things? how many?

thanks!
i cant wait to get mine all shined up.
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so i use a buffer? i've never used one before. i wanna make my car look that clean! anything i SHOULDNT do? or something i shouldnt use? recommendations on a buffer? when buying a buffer what do i need? extra pad things? how many?

thanks!
i cant wait to get mine all shined up.
welcome to the world of detailing. you're looking to spend 300-400 dollars on materials if you start with nothing. If it's a one time thing, i recommend going to a detailer. 300-400 will get you a pretty damn good job as is. if you want to keep doing this, then investing in a GOOD polisher is key.
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Old 11-04-2008, 02:30 PM   #14
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welcome to the world of detailing. you're looking to spend 300-400 dollars on materials if you start with nothing. If it's a one time thing, i recommend going to a detailer. 300-400 will get you a pretty damn good job as is. if you want to keep doing this, then investing in a GOOD polisher is key.
$400.......pshh...I passed that mark A LONG TIME AGO!
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Old 11-04-2008, 02:38 PM   #15
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Xaino, Meguiars, etc... just takes time & elbow grease. You're wearing down the clearcoat, too, so be careful!!!
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Old 11-04-2008, 04:21 PM   #16
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Here is a Chrysler I finished on Sunday.........Look at the flash of the camera. After polishing, I was able to bring the Gold out of the paint. It was a pretty cool color.........



I Still had to polish up the Chrome in the front......





Also, if you invest into the right products and methods.........Your car will stand out like a sore thumb......(Hint, my car detailed 2 weeks before)

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