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1 Polishing on 6th May 2017, 6:58 am

gtir_woody

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This might have been covered before?

I want to polish my whole car, the paint is really looking bad.

There is so much stuff online, but I'm looking for the most straight up approach for a beginner.

Easiest type of polisher to use and process?

I really need to cut the paint and get some scratches out. I don't care if its not perfect, but I noticed the polisher I used previously on my quarter left a lot of swirl marks and I didn't feel confident using it, I'm sure this comes down to technique though. This is what I used last time.

http://www.supercheapauto.com.au/Product/Rockwell-ShopSeries-Car-Polisher-180mm-1200-Watt/135285?menuFrom=1021759

If there is something easier id love some advice Smile

2 Re: Polishing on 6th May 2017, 9:36 pm

GTi ARGHH


Hi, I would ditch the lambswool buffing pad and get a couple of Meguiars pads. One for cutting (slower speed but keep moving) and one for polishing (a bit faster but not too fast) and again keep moving.

3 Re: Polishing on 6th May 2017, 10:35 pm

Gostek

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I no expert either but from what I've heard da would be a safer option. Something like this one

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/142328229548?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT


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4 Re: Polishing on 6th May 2017, 10:42 pm

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As above dual action much safer espically if first time less chance of burning into paint

5 Re: Polishing on 7th May 2017, 7:25 am

gtir_woody

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I got rid of the lambs wool and brought 2 pads today and tried again on the bonnet, this time taking my time. Slower speed on the cutting and abit faster on the polishing, got a much better result. I found the polish can be difficult, I was using a torch and on difficult angles I thought I hadn't done spots correctly, but it was just left over polish, that was even after wiping the excess with a micro-fibre cloth.

I guess you can only get old worn paint so good, maybe Ill give it a wash and see how it shows up. I don't want to do the rest of the car unless I'm confident I won't fook it up lol

6 Re: Polishing on 7th May 2017, 10:00 pm

GTi ARGHH


Dont forget to wash straight after and to wax/seal or it wont last long.

Also the older paint is much tougher than todays, is it rare black?

7 Re: Polishing on 7th May 2017, 10:41 pm

gtir_woody

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Thanks mate, yup it's the highly desirable rare black we all want Laughing

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