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Old 05-01-2013, 07:02 AM   #1
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What polish to use?

This isnt for my Camaro....Yet. I bought the 6" RO buffer by griot. I was going to give it a whirl on my Silverado, see if I can take out some swirls. Was going to start by washing with Dawn to remove all old wax, then instead of clay, I was going to use a polish, and have been looking at Meguiars ultra finishing polish #205. After that I would follow up with meguiars ultimate liquid wax since I already have it.

Anyone see a issue with the polish? Is it too course?

I have a selection of foam pads for the RO buffer, and then also a foam wool buffing pad to take off the polish.

Any thoughts? I was going to do this on sat, so have time to order up other supplies, but the big thing is to get used to the buffer.

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Old 05-01-2013, 07:12 AM   #2
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Everything looks good to me except do not use that foam wool pad. Throw it away.

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Old 05-01-2013, 07:14 AM   #3
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Everything looks good to me except do not use that foam wool pad. Throw it away.
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Old 05-01-2013, 07:19 AM   #4
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Everything looks good to me except do not use that foam wool pad. Throw it away.

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Ok, so I apply the polish with the foam pads, and take off by hand with a mf towel?
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Old 05-01-2013, 07:56 AM   #5
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I use this polish all the time it work very good.
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Old 05-01-2013, 07:58 AM   #6
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I use this polish all the time it work very good.
Cool, do you go straight to wax, and what wax do you use? Do I need to wash it again after polishing it to remove any left over dirt/dust?
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Cool, do you go straight to wax, and what wax do you use? Do I need to wash it again after polishing it to remove any left over dirt/dust?
I take four steps.

1 wash

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I use Meguire's ultimate paste wax. You shouldn't have to wash it again if you do it right after the polish.
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:39 AM   #8
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I use Adams car shampoo, dry with microfiber drying towel, clay bar, Adams fine machine polish, then Adams buttery wax. Wipe off with numerous microfiber towels.

Before buffing, apply mothers back to black on your exterior vinyl surfaces, it makes removing excess off a hell of alot easier.
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Ok, Thanks guys. Why the clay bar? Doesnt the polish achieve the same results as a clay?
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Ok, Thanks guys. Why the clay bar? Doesnt the polish achieve the same results as a clay?
Clay bar removes surface contaminants that washing can't. You want to get those off before you start polishing.

Then polishing levels clear to remove defects.

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Clay bar removes surface contaminants that washing can't. You want to get those off before you start polishing.

Then polishing levels clear to remove defects.

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Old 05-01-2013, 12:48 PM   #12
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You could also apply a sealant after the polish and then wax, I believe your protection would last a bit longer that way.
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Old 05-01-2013, 07:44 PM   #13
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Ok, Thanks guys. Why the clay bar? Doesnt the polish achieve the same results as a clay?
I think everyone except SCZL1 missed that you said INSTEAD of claying. As was pointed out, claying removes the particles etched into your clear coat or too hard to remove with just washing. If you polish with those particles on there, they will just cause more swirls. You want to start polishing with as clean of a surface as possible. I too would recommend a good sealant after you finish polishing. There are many to choose from so look around and do your homework. I just did my car with Jetseal 109 from Chemical guys and really like it so far. Admittedly it's only been a week though. Easy on and even easier off. After you finish the sealant and give it the allotted time to cure, you can then wax over the top of it.
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The finished product will only be as good as the prep work...meaning I would clay the car after washing. With all the time and energy you are going to put into polishing the vehicle why not take the time to clay. As for materials, everyone has their "go to" stuff. M205 is a good product and can yield great results.
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