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Old 10-14-2013, 08:45 PM   #26
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The PC 7424. I wiped it down as best I could with a waffle weave towel and the detail spray.
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Old 10-14-2013, 08:46 PM   #27
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The PC 7424. I wiped it down as best I could with a waffle weave towel and the detail spray.
Like the guys said, try some IPA. You might just have polish left over. It'd be pretty unusual for you to have left any buffer trails with a PC.

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Old 10-15-2013, 10:17 AM   #28
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Wiped down with the alcohol, looks a little better. Now that I got it in direct sunlight it just looks like I didn't do a good enough job polishing. There are still swirl marks and micro scratches.
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Old 10-15-2013, 10:49 AM   #29
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Well there you go. Now you at least know what to do

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Old 10-15-2013, 12:44 PM   #30
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Keep that pad as flat as you can on your paint surface. Try not to lean too hard on the edges or the pad edges either. Finally, when you turn off your machine between applications, be sure to leave the pad squarely on the paint surface and wait for it to stop rotating before you remove it from the surface.

Glad it's proceding. Sounds like you're making good progress.
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Old 10-15-2013, 04:09 PM   #31
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Remember the porter cable isn't a rotary. You see people with a rotary buffer using it's edge. Don't. Keep it as flat as you can on the car surface.
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Old 10-15-2013, 05:19 PM   #32
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Ok I just gave a section another try, and there is still micro scratches! I'm pretty sure my technique is good, I'm keeping it flat and going slow. Should I keep polishing and going over the area with one application of polish or should I wipe down after a go, then reapply polish and start over?
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Old 10-15-2013, 05:26 PM   #33
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How many section passes are you doing? A pass is usually defined as going over a block of area usually around 2' x 2' vertically and horizontally once. Expect between 5-8 passes required.

As for the polish, it depends what you're using but after 5-8 section passes, wipe off the area, clean your pad if necessary, then reapply polish, 2-4 dime sized peas.
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Old 10-15-2013, 08:54 PM   #34
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Ahhh, I've been doing 1 pass horizontally and 1 vertically then wiping down. Getting there slowly but surely lol.

For sections of my car that are in pretty good shape, no really noticeable scratches or swirls, can I go directly to the M205 finishing compound?
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Ahhh, I've been doing 1 pass horizontally and 1 vertically then wiping down. Getting there slowly but surely lol.

For sections of my car that are in pretty good shape, no really noticeable scratches or swirls, can I go directly to the M205 finishing compound?
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Old 10-15-2013, 09:03 PM   #36
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Go to the store get your supply of beer.

My first Camaro I let the dealer clean it up before I took it home,bad mistake.My 11 and now my 13 I instructed them not to touch it.When I started on my first Camaro it was 6 hrs on Saturday and 6 hrs Sunday and hit it again the following Saturday.

What I'm saying is it takes time.Do one panel at a time and take your time.Get it to a point where you can live with it till later.(pop a brew relax)Since you did not have a buffer when you purchased the car you are now seeing and removing all the defects from prior washing and waxings.

You said that the rubbing compound marks are now gone,well you are on the right track to perfecting your paint and technique.When you are done and the compliments start you can pat your self on the back knowing that you did it yourself.
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Old 10-16-2013, 07:32 AM   #37
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Ahhh, I've been doing 1 pass horizontally and 1 vertically then wiping down. Getting there slowly but surely lol.

For sections of my car that are in pretty good shape, no really noticeable scratches or swirls, can I go directly to the M205 finishing compound?
Try 4 horizontal and 4 vertical. That's a good place to start with with m205.
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Old 10-20-2013, 05:38 PM   #38
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Im ready to give up guys. Ive been doing everything we have talked about until now, and its like nothing is happening, I still have all these circular scratches where I have polished. I have a video that maybe can give insight into what Im doing wrong.

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Old 10-20-2013, 05:41 PM   #39
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Rubbing compound is just 1000 grit sandpaper mixed with paste.
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Old 10-20-2013, 06:36 PM   #40
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Im ready to give up guys. Ive been doing everything we have talked about until now, and its like nothing is happening, I still have all these circular scratches where I have polished. I have a video that maybe can give insight into what Im doing wrong.

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You posted a private vid

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Harbor freight has a DA polisher for 50 bucks, just get good pads and good polishes, learn from my mistakes.
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Harbor freight has a DA polisher for 50 bucks, just get good pads and good polishes, learn from my mistakes.
He's got a PC. Why would he care about some budget Harbor freight polisher?

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He's got a PC. Why would he care about some budget Harbor freight polisher?

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Just saw it, thought it was a newer thread, I remember I posted in this thread like a week ago, my bad.
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Old 10-20-2013, 09:32 PM   #44
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sorry about that, should be public now
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sorry about that, should be public now
Still isn't but I requested access.

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Holy shit. We need to start over from the top.

Tell me exactly what you're doing, with every detail.

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Old 10-20-2013, 10:14 PM   #47
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Holy shit. We need to start over from the top.

Tell me exactly what you're doing, with every detail.

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Listen to this guy he knows what he speaks of...

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Old 10-20-2013, 10:15 PM   #48
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Ok, clayed the section before starting, used the m105 on a new orange hexagon pad 4 pea sized drops, sprayed with a mist of detail spray. Smeared the compound over the area Im working on, then did 4 passes, sprayed a mist of detail spray on the pad then did another 4 passes. Im going slow, not a crawl but slow, im trying the keep the pad as flat as possible. And after I wipe down with a waffle weave micro fiber towl to check my work thats what it looked like. Very frustrated
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What speed?

Is that what it looked like before you started and you're not making progress or is it getting worse?

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