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Old 05-16-2013, 06:23 PM   #1
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Help with scratches

My Camaro is a 2011 in Victory Red. I bought a PC and polishes from Chemical Guys. I got their V38, V36, and Mirrior Wet polishes. I also got their Hex-Logic orange, white, and black pads. I wathced alot of thier videos and others on the forum. I still have scratches and it is driving me crazy. Am I missing something or are do these products just suck? The scratches are not deep and are in the clear coat for sure. I used over the counter clay from Mothers. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 05-16-2013, 06:24 PM   #2
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im at a loss for words. you did everything i could think of
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Old 05-16-2013, 06:31 PM   #3
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It takes time and patience,it took me two weekends to get the majority of scratches out my new 13.Guess what I still have a few that needs attention but I am the only one that can spot them.

Take your time and work small sections and you will achieve what you are looking for.
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Thanks

I guess I will slow down and take more time. I am a bit impatient.
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I had no luck with the adams big foam pads. So i went to the 4" foucus pads and work awesome. Never going to use big pads again. Dont know if you can get 4" hex logic pads.


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V36 also doesn't have much cut at all, if you like CG look at V32, or Menzerna FG400/1000, M101/M105, Optimum Hyper Compound Spray
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I had no luck with the adams big foam pads. So i went to the 4" foucus pads and work awesome. Never going to use big pads again. Dont know if you can get 4" hex logic pads.


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The 7" pads especially on a Porter Cable are just too big, you can look up 4" hydrotech's from Autogeek, the Cyan ones have great cut as well as the Tangerine.
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V36 also doesn't have much cut at all, if you like CG look at V32, or Menzerna FG400/1000, M101/M105, Optimum Hyper Compound Spray
There's no way M101 is needed on a brand new camaro unless it was washed with steel wool., m105/205 would make a lot more sense.

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Camaro dream,

With the pads I have will the megs you suggested work better then what I have?
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With the pads I have will the megs you suggested work better then what I have?
I would assume so. I have never heard good things about CG polishes. In fact I've heard nothing but bad things. And that megs combo is one of THE gold standards in polishing.

That being said, the guys are right when they say 7" pads are too big for a PC. You want 5.5" pads for any real correction. That's the perfect size for a PC.

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I do have the 5.5 in pads. Thanks for the info.
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What is your technique? That is probably the number one cause of poor results. I've never used CG's polishes so I can comment but I find it hard to believe they suck bad enough to not work. They may not be as efficient as others but they have to work.
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What is your technique? That is probably the number one cause of poor results. I've never used CG's polishes so I can comment but I find it hard to believe they suck bad enough to not work. They may not be as efficient as others but they have to work.
From what I've read is they are quite weak in terms of cut, except for V32 but even still it doesn't compare to the products that have been around for quite a while.

But good question, he may not be using enough passes or pressure to make a noticeable difference.
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Several factors could be the reason you still have scratches.

Your not working it long Enough
How many passes do you make ? How fast do you move ? Remember with the PC it's a longer job

The polishes them selves could be the problem. I used CG polishes on my recent paint correction (2days worth)
And I have to re do it all.
It did not work as I'd hoped.
I'm upgrading to Menzerna polishes for my next correction.
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Several factors could be the reason you still have scratches.

Your not working it long Enough
How many passes do you make ? How fast do you move ? Remember with the PC it's a longer job

The polishes them selves could be the problem. I used CG polishes on my recent paint correction (2days worth)
And I have to re do it all.
It did not work as I'd hoped.
I'm upgrading to Menzerna polishes for my next correction.
I just picked up some FG400, and SF4000 works awesome as a final polish or a minor 1-step. Or you can just use SF4500 as a finishing polish. I don't know if you have any so far.
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I just picked up some FG400, and SF4000 works awesome as a final polish or a minor 1-step. Or you can just use SF4500 as a finishing polish. I don't know if you have any so far.
None yet but I will soon !
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Thanks for all the advice. My technique is like I saw in the Chemical Guys videos. It looks like I may need to use another product. Can the Megs be purchased over the counter or ordered on the net? Just want to get to it.
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Thanks for all the advice. My technique is like I saw in the Chemical Guys videos. It looks like I may need to use another product. Can the Megs be purchased over the counter or ordered on the net? Just want to get to it.
Some Autozones, Walmarts, etc.. do now carry 105/205 over the counter.
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autogeek.net carries the Megs 105 and 205. That's where I get mine when I need more. Unfortunately where I live, no one carries pro line detailing stuff. The only thing you can find is the general consumer line junk.
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The meguiars ultimate compound and ultimate polish aren't too bad. Both can be found at any Wallyworld. I used them on my car and they worked quite well. They aren't as aggressive as 105/205 but they get the job done. The autozone down the road from me carries the 105 and 205. I'll be grabbing those when my current ones run out.
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autogeek.net carries the Megs 105 and 205. That's where I get mine when I need more. Unfortunately where I live, no one carries pro line detailing stuff. The only thing you can find is the general consumer line junk.
And living in Georgia, OP can probably get it in in 2 days.
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After going to three auto zones I finally got M105 and 205. All I can say is WOW. I guess the stuff I had did suck. This stuff took the scratches right out. Just did the roof so far. Thanks again to everyone for thier help.
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After going to three auto zones I finally got M105 and 205. All I can say is WOW. I guess the stuff I had did suck. This stuff took the scratches right out. Just did the roof so far. Thanks again to everyone for thier help.
So after using m105/m205, what do you think of the CG stuff?
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After going to three auto zones I finally got M105 and 205. All I can say is WOW. I guess the stuff I had did suck. This stuff took the scratches right out. Just did the roof so far. Thanks again to everyone for thier help.
Awesome ! Post pics when your fin
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