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    Default Polishing - whats am I not doing right?

    Just ran the DA over a panel earlier to give it a little more shine.

    For the most part there's a nicer shine of it but I'm left with marks. I used a small orange pad with a medium cut polish, then a black (finishing) pad with medium cut and then the least cutting polish.


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    Did you make them marks in the panel or were they always there?



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    I'm nearly sure they are the result of polishing.

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    Are the pads clean, you defiantly have grit stuck in one of the pads



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    I thought that. They havent been used much and the medium pad was actually new.

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    Could have picked it up on the panel somewhere too , small wet sand would get it out and run over it again with the polisher



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    Any way of cleaning the pads or are they fit for the bin?

    I'm not gonna bother sanding it and polishing again. I only wanted the panel to shine a bit more so I can compare it to a few colours Marty is painting for me

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    I hand wash mine with warm water, last ages



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    Pigtails Brendan.... Last thing you want on the panel... What polish pad combo are you using??

    If you work the polish too hard/Long it can result in compound buildup in spots,Also keep an eye on the amount of heat/pressure u apply to the panel, that can bake the compound too and produce the same effect,

    u need a soft tooth brush to clean the pads during the polishing process, too much dust and same result pads need t be kept clean...
    you can wash them with warm water and washing up liquid (just a small drop) and make sure their rince'd thoroughly, and air dry them...

    vigorous washing will deteriorate the pads and u may aswell bin them...

    Practice and plenty of patience me boy


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    Quote Originally Posted by Feens View Post
    Pigtails Brendan.... Last thing you want on the panel... What polish pad combo are you using??

    If you work the polish too hard/Long it can result in compound buildup in spots,Also keep an eye on the amount of heat/pressure u apply to the panel, that can bake the compound too and produce the same effect,

    u need a soft tooth brush to clean the pads during the polishing process, too much dust and same result pads need t be kept clean...
    you can wash them with warm water and washing up liquid (just a small drop) and make sure their rince'd thoroughly, and air dry them...

    vigorous washing will deteriorate the pads and u may aswell bin them...

    Practice and plenty of patience me boy
    If your down my way anytime soon call into me and ill talk u thru some of my processes u can practice on the e36 M3 as it wont be moved for awhile yet


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    Quote Originally Posted by Feens View Post
    If your down my way anytime soon call into me and ill talk u thru some of my processes u can practice on the e36 M3 as it wont be moved for awhile yet
    Will do! And if I am I'll bring my own stuff to try them.

    I used a green and black hex-logic pads. Looking at them there they both look brand new and only used earlier, one defo came out of unopened packaging. I only have 3 polishing compounds, all three menzerna, and used the 2 softest ones.

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    looks like old marks that were already there from a previous spray job and your wax highlighted them,

    if not you will have to get the compound out, i never machine polish, i usually de tar etc and then hand polish the hole car, and re do any bits i wasnt happy with.

    my fav wax of all is carplan for 6Ä, it leaves the best shine but is dusty, thurtle wax is good too i find

    but i guess its just personal pref,

    feens i must get you to show me a few tricks man

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    that also can happen if you use too much product on the pad, if theres too much in too small of space it can dry very quickly and cause problems, depending on what product is used

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    Quote Originally Posted by the butcher boy View Post
    that also can happen if you use too much product on the pad, if theres too much in too small of space it can dry very quickly and cause problems, depending on what product is used
    Spot on
    Id say you put the marks in yourself as ive done the same on my own car in the beginning, and spent possibly 40 hours fixing it....

    Thats why u want to get all the practice in u can on old panels Brendan, it would be a nightmare to put them into the new paint...

    Martys finish should be flawless and no detailing required only lots of sealent... and ill offer to seal it with some Zaino if you want...



    Both these cars got the Zaino treatment 7 coats went onto the Golf, but it took a prize at edition 38 and 2nd in class for Best mk4 and best paint @ Ultimate Dubs, the Polo won Show n shine in fermoy i think, Apart from those 2 cars ive never used it on anything else other than my own car


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    Probably I used to much then!

    I was hoping to to have to polish the car after paint as I'd be to scared to fuck it up!

    Brian, I'll chat to you about sealing it

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