Who can school me on polishing/paint correction?

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Re: Who can school me on polishing/paint correction?

Post by sweet victory » Wed May 09, 2018 10:33 am

Remember to clean your pad after every panel!
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Re: Who can school me on polishing/paint correction?

Post by 32wildbilly » Wed May 09, 2018 4:02 pm

5chn3ll wrote:
Wed May 09, 2018 8:59 am
Aiight, tonight's the night I screw up my paint...
Wait a minute...I've seen pics of your car...it doesn't appear to need any paint correction type work!!??

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Re: Who can school me on polishing/paint correction?

Post by sweet victory » Thu May 10, 2018 9:24 am

So is she dickered or is she purdy?
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Re: Who can school me on polishing/paint correction?

Post by 5chn3ll » Thu May 10, 2018 3:37 pm

The Corvette is currently a boat anchor; I need to replace the battery so I can get it out of the garage and have the space I need to work on the 996.

Question for those in the know: should I clay the car before I get started with the buffing, or is a thorough wash good enough?
32wildbilly wrote:
Wed May 09, 2018 4:02 pm
Wait a minute...I've seen pics of your car...it doesn't appear to need any paint correction type work!!??
The car has some pretty bad swirls and abrasions. For the first try, I'll be using finishing pads and a gentle polishing compound so I don't screw the pooch too badly. A mobile detail guy once polished his way through the paint and primer on my long-gone Volvo 850; I really don't want to be that guy.

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Re: Who can school me on polishing/paint correction?

Post by Dr_Strangelove » Thu May 10, 2018 4:11 pm

5chn3ll wrote:
Thu May 10, 2018 3:37 pm
Question for those in the know: should I clay the car before I get started with the buffing, or is a thorough wash good enough?
My understanding is one should always clay before buffing, there's so much grit that clay picks up that is invisible to the naked eye. It follows the same idea sweet victory pointed out that one should also always clean off the buffing pad/surface between panels. From the first panel to the last panel those things can get awfully dirty even after clay, in my experience. I also live in one of the dustiest states in the union...
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Re: Who can school me on polishing/paint correction?

Post by 5chn3ll » Thu May 10, 2018 5:03 pm

Makes sense. Thanks for the input.

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Post by 32wildbilly » Fri May 11, 2018 5:26 am

Agree on the clay bar first. Our youngest kid who was kind of a fanatic on paint finishes did that to mine prior to buffing(if that is the proper term). I'm more like KCA "wax on wax off", however, I don't do the leg sweep!

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Re: Who can school me on polishing/paint correction?

Post by sweet victory » Mon May 14, 2018 4:43 pm

5chn3ll wrote:
Thu May 10, 2018 5:03 pm
Makes sense. Thanks for the input.
To expedite the decon process, I would recommend an iron removing spray. Since we live in LA, most of our contaminants will come from iron in brake dust. Products like iron x will chemically desolve the iron particles (if you have seen videos of wheel cleaners turning purple, this is the same thing) and leave you with much less crap to clay bar.

As a trick, grab a thin plastic grocery bag and put that between your hands and the paint. Light rub, and the contaminants will be very distinct and easy to detect.
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Re: Who can school me on polishing/paint correction?

Post by 32wildbilly » Mon May 14, 2018 7:12 pm

sweet victory wrote:
Mon May 14, 2018 4:43 pm
5chn3ll wrote:
Thu May 10, 2018 5:03 pm
Makes sense. Thanks for the input.
To expedite the decon process, I would recommend an iron removing spray. Since we live in LA, most of our contaminants will come from iron in brake dust. Products like iron x will chemically desolve the iron particles (if you have seen videos of wheel cleaners turning purple, this is the same thing) and leave you with much less crap to clay bar.

As a trick, grab a thin plastic grocery bag and put that between your hands and the paint. Light rub, and the contaminants will be very distinct and easy to detect.
The bag trick is impressive. The kid did that and I thought he had lost his mind...but it works!

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Re: Who can school me on polishing/paint correction?

Post by 5chn3ll » Sat May 19, 2018 2:14 pm

3 hours, got the front fenders, hood, and roof done. Cutting pad + mild cutting polish, finish pad + finish polish, and a light coat of P21S concours wax. Ran out of microfiber towels.
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