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Old 07-08-2013, 04:45 PM   #1
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Steps in buffing.

Hey guys I have a 2004 carbon black m3. I give it a wash once a week with gold class from meguirars. There a a lot of swirl marks on my paint so I want to give it a nice detail. I have buffed my previous cars with a a wool pad and a black polish pad from 3M. Using 3m rubbing compound and 3m machine polish. I will be using a machine polisher that I bout recently. I do have a lot of experience with buffing cars. So what I would like to know is should I do this process. Frist wash with dish washing soap, tape off the car, wool rubbing compound, machine polish black pad, maybe fine scratch remover from meguirars?, no. 7 glaze from meguirars, than put on a wax. Do I need to clay or will the compound do that for me? Please tell me if I am missing anything or if I don't need to do any of the things I said.
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Old 07-08-2013, 04:48 PM   #2
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I suggest you do some reading in the detailing forum before you mess your paint up. There are countless DIY's for what you need
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Old 07-08-2013, 04:49 PM   #3
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Using a rotary? I would skip on using wool for just swirl marks. They usually clean up quickly and wool will introduce holograms and buffer trails unnecessarily.

I'd use an Orange foam pad with Meguiars M100 polish, followed up with a White Pad using M205. Use the black pad for wax application, low speed.

I use a DA, Flex 3401 and more aggressive pads as opposed to a rotary. But I've been using M100 and 205 as a combo this summer, and it's got great cut, and finishes nicely. ligher colors I'm generally able to get away with just M100...not second stage polish needed.
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Old 07-09-2013, 10:55 AM   #4
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What wax do you guys recommend that I can get local?
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Old 07-09-2013, 11:09 AM   #5
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I only local off the shelf wax I truly like is Autoglym HD. I find myself using opticoat more often than not on vehicles, but otherwise for traditional waxes and sealants, I usually reach for a good sealant like blackfire wet diamond over a wax.
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