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Old 06-13-2012, 11:05 AM   #1
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Is it ok to use a compound and then polish using the 7424xp

I have some meguiars compound,polish and the top liquid wax,I just invested in the PC ordered Adams and another,I did not get the swirl haze remover or fine machine polish yet because I would like to finish off what I have now.Do these products have a shelf life,they are stored in my garage,I would not want to use them if they are going to be ineffective wasting my time and not getting the results I expect.Also is using the compound and then the polish redundant?
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Old 06-13-2012, 11:32 AM   #2
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Think of compound as just aggressive polish, so no its not redundant assuming the paint is in a condition to justify it.

As far as shelf life, it would depend entirely on how they were stored... most detailing chemicals will be impacted by heat and cold. As a rule of thumb anything lower than 45* and higher than 85-90* is going to be cause for concern as it can change the products consistency or effectiveness.

Usually an 'expired' polish or compound will become very watery, and even after shaking won't remix entirely.

Waxes are much more susceptible (on average) to high heat than polishes, so if your wax has been warmer than say 85* theres a good chance its been altered to a point you may not want to use it.

In either case, best bet is to shake the bottles well, then sit them undisturbed somewhere for a day. If you come back to them and they've separated out again into a thin, runny liquid, then they're probably trash.
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Old 06-13-2012, 11:33 AM   #3
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You're supposed to use a polish after s compound. You gradually step down in intensity until you have a perfect panel. No worries there.

As for the shelf life, how old is the product? If properly stored and not subjected to extreme heat or cold, I don't think you'll have an issue.

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Old 06-13-2012, 12:20 PM   #4
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I have some meguiars compound,polish and the top liquid wax,I just invested in the PC ordered Adams and another,I did not get the swirl haze remover or fine machine polish yet because I would like to finish off what I have now.Do these products have a shelf life,they are stored in my garage,I would not want to use them if they are going to be ineffective wasting my time and not getting the results I expect.Also is using the compound and then the polish redundant?
Which Meguiar's Compound do you have? They make several compounds.

Older, extremely gritty compounds tend may not work well with the orbital motion of a DA.
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Old 06-13-2012, 06:22 PM   #5
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I have the ultimate compound,ultimate polish and carnauba plus and on the bottles it states you can apply with a DA polisher,I shook the bottles and they seem to have a good consistency,I'm waiting for one more box to arrive and maybe get some more microfiber towels of excellent quality before I take on my first victim
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Old 06-13-2012, 06:31 PM   #6
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And I'd like to add a thanks to all who reply in helping me get going,I wish this existed when I had my 02 35th SS.I hand washed and waxed that car but it had swirl marks that stayed it was the bright red so you could see them well in the sun,5 great years with that car not a problem,just had to replace the waterpump at the end and it had a blown speakerother than that I wish I still had it
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Old 06-14-2012, 09:29 AM   #7
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I have the ultimate compound,ultimate polish and carnauba plus and on the bottles it states you can apply with a DA polisher,I shook the bottles and they seem to have a good consistency,I'm waiting for one more box to arrive and maybe get some more microfiber towels of excellent quality before I take on my first victim
Ultimate Compound and Ultimate Polish are GREAT products!!!!

The Ultimate Compound uses super advanced abrasive technology, this is a great choice. When talking about consumer grade product lines, Meguiar's Compound is easily the best aggressive polish out there, regardless of brand.
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