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Old 03-03-2013, 03:26 PM   #1
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Best pad for getting rid of scratches/polishing

As stated in title i want to buff out clear coat hairline surface scratches as well as a good polish before wax. What pads/compounds would be the best? At the moment i have a no name variable speed buffer with 12" pad but all the different types of pads confuse me quite a bit and i dont want to burn through the oem paint on my m3 but just bring it back to life and make her shine again.
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Old 03-06-2013, 06:44 PM   #2
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First off I'd go for a decent random orbital... Griots Garage's 6" Random Orbital works like a dream. Then I'd order some 6.5" Lake Country pads, what the pads specialize with is usually in the name. And if you're trying to take out clear coat scratches order/pick up a bottle of Mirror Glaze's 105 & 205. Good luck

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Old 03-06-2013, 10:28 PM   #3
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It's a little hard to recommend a particular pad without knowing exactly how bad the scratches are.

Lake Country Orange Light Cutting Pad - A light cutting pad designed to remove moderate swirls and scratches with a medium polish
Lake Country White Polishing Pad - A polishing pad designed to remove minor surface imperfections such as very fine swirls, oxidation, etc. revealing a great shine

I prefer Menzerna polishes. I used to use Meguiar's, but now use Menzerna.

Menzerna 2500 - Orange pad
Menzerna 4000 - White pad
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Old 03-06-2013, 11:16 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info. Mine is steel grey in color and it doesnt have bad swirls and hood, bumper, fenders & roof is covered in clear bra so only part i need to buff/ polish is doors, trunk and quarter panels. There is jist normal hairline scratches from car being 10 yrs old i just want to buff them all out to bring the paint back out although i just wanted something that wouldnt easily cut through the clear coat as its usually pretty thin from factory so something to get the job done but be gentle enough not to cut through extremely quick and burn the paint.
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Old 03-06-2013, 11:21 PM   #5
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Also ive never clay barred before is there any tips or things i need to know as i want to make the paint really shine and not damage it. Inknow this is off topic but figured someone might know some do's & donts.
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Old 03-07-2013, 12:15 AM   #6
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There are some good how to info / videos on the sponsors sites.

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You can get all your supplies from either site. Both have very friendly and helpful people.


In response to your reply, I'd use a RO buffer with a white pad and Menzerna 4000/4500 polish.
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Old 03-07-2013, 09:11 AM   #7
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And please for the love of god use a brand new, clean, dry high quality microfober to wipe down after applying polish/wax.
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