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#1 Russ77

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Posted 22 April 2009 - 08:10 AM

This is only a guide, any manufacturer's recommendation/guidelines should still be observed/followed, using an aggressive compound/polish can seriously damage your paint work, until you are confident & competent stick to less abrasive products.

The purpose of Polishing:

To remove/reduce imperfections and oxidation of the paintwork.  Small scratches can also be removed by polishing

There are hundreds of different polishes available, which one you use will depend on how hard/soft your paint work is, how bad the defects are and whether you're polishing by hand or with a machine.

Poorboys range of SSR polishes are quite popular and can be applied by hand or machine, whereas Menzerna polished are designed to be used with a machine.  Meguiars Scratch X is also OK for polishing the entire car.

Avoid standard T-Cut if you have a metallic/clear coat, it's too aggressive.

With any polish, paint is removed albeit in microscopic amounts, therefore you don't really want to be polishing the whole car more than 2-3 times a year (less if using a machine polisher).

It isn't a good idea to polish in direct sunlight or when the paint's hot.  This is because the paint will be softer and more easily damaged.

For the purpose of this how to, I'm going to look at polishing by hand as the majority of FFOCers with a machine polisher will already know the basics of machine polishing.

How to:

Once you have washed & clayed your car you are ready to begin polishing.  Claying isn't 100% essential before you polish however it makes polishing more effective.

Take an applicator pad and apply a small amount of polish.  Work in circular motions over area of around 1sqft.  You will need to apply a fair amount of pressure and work it in quite vigorously (you can end up with arms like Popeye :lol: )

When the polish starts to haze over, buff it off with a microfiber cloth.  Spritz with QD and wipe dry with another MF cloth.  It may be difficult to see any results with lighter colours, however you may see a difference on darker colours and/or feel a difference to the surrounding areas.

Continue this over the rest of the car's paint work working from top to bottom.

Polishing can generate a lot of dust and I'd recommend washing again when you finished polishing.

Now you're ready for waxing/sealing

#2 S30TT

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 08:04 AM

Russ, great How To's mate.

Just a little note though, the 'clicky' at the bottom of this one that should go to the 'waxing/sealing' page links to THIS page again.