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Old 08-09-2012, 04:26 PM   #1
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How to use a buffer?

HOw do I use one on a car with paint that is 2 months old without swirling or ruining clarity?
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I had "daisy flower edges" when I didn't use enough polish near the edges at first.

Use enough polish to prevent that.

I was was using a random orbital with the lowest "cut"... Finest they had.

If it is adjustable, keep it on now to medium (4/10).

Use enough polish to "butter" the ENTIRE pad (including the sides).


Go in a grid top to bottom, then left to right. 7-8 passes over a section.

For me, it was glass when done (black paint with clear coat).

These steps worked perfect. Wax when done.
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I had "daisy flower edges" when I didn't use enough polish near the edges at first.

Use enough polish to prevent that.

I was was using a random orbital with the lowest "cut"... Finest they had.

If it is adjustable, keep it on now to medium (4/10).

Use enough polish to "butter" the ENTIRE pad (including the sides).

Go in a grid top to bottom, then left to right. 7-8 passes over a section.

For me, it was glass when done (black paint with clear coat).

These steps worked perfect. Wax when done.
^ that's good advice! And how it should be done.
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How can you potentially scratch it if it goes wrong. I have a one speed buffer and heard you can ruin pair with it
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The previous owner swirled mine out pretty badly. It is slowly coming out, but some places will never be right again.
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How can you potentially scratch it if it goes wrong. I have a one speed buffer and heard you can ruin pair with it
Umm with a 1 speed, I don't know, unless it's a rotary, or you are using a dirty pad. I highly recommend the porter cable 7424XP.
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The previous owner swirled mine out pretty badly. It is slowly coming out, but some places will never be right again.
My body shop did my driver fender pretty bad. And these fresh scratches are deep. My new job is a gravel parking lot with rednecks and big tires. Oh what joy
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My body shop did my driver fender pretty bad. And these fresh scratches are deep. My new job is a gravel parking lot with rednecks and big tires. Oh what joy
Oh ok, so you have swirls from where the body shop buffed the paint? Look at Adams polishes, because it's going to take more than a 1 speed. And if the scratches can be felt with the finger nail it will need paint touch up.
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Looks like clear coat only. Not actually paint since they are both do thick
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Looks like clear coat only. Not actually paint since they are both do thick
I'd start with just a cleaner wax like meguiars.

You can try using the buffer working in a 2'x2' area start by going up and down then finish off side to side. Go slow and overlap. It may take more power. Usually 1450-1600 RPM or 4.5 to 6 on a porter cable polisher. On the porter cable I can hide scratches by dropping the clear cost over them.
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What exactly are you using it for to wax?
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What exactly are you using it for to wax?
My paint of course. Trying to hide the neighbors cat's claws where it climbed my car and apparently slid down the hood, claws deployed.
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My paint of course. Trying to hide the neighbors cat's claws where it climbed my car and apparently slid down the hood, claws deployed.
Wax isn't going to solve the problem.
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How I would go about hiding the spot

1st-Clean and dry a 2'x2' area to remove wax and dirt
2nd- tape off 2x2 area
3rd- Apply rubbing compound clear coat safe to area per directions it may take 2 coats.
4- remove compound
5-get some medium polish and an orange cutting pad if really bad, or white if the compound did good.

^This has 2 purposes 1) to remove swirls caused by compound, 2) it will also
Work your clear coat to help disguise it

6. apply about a dime size amount to 2x2 area spread it out good before polishing, then turn on polisher apply to area start up and down then finish off side to side nice and smooth broad strokes.

7. Wipe panel off inspect if it's no bueno you can reapply a heavier cut polish or use a more aggressive pad.

8. Once you are happy with 7 apply a glaze to the area it will clean up the area and make it look wet apply by machine

9. Wipe off glaze

10. Wax by machine

11. Remove wax

12. Find cat-

13. Take it to the vet and declaw it

14. Tell your neighbors to keep the cat away from the stang or next tone there will be no cat.
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