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Old 04-10-2010, 04:42 PM   #26
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Ok, I'm gonna take it, but does the description I just read of the product mean the damage isn't as bad. It doesn't give a grit grade but does say safe for clearcoat.

Hopefully It's not too bad to be done by a detailer. It's just hard to find someone who does good work. No way to really know with these local guys.
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Old 04-10-2010, 04:43 PM   #27
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Ok, I'm gonna take it, but does the description I just read of the product mean the damage isn't as bad. It doesn't give a grit grade but does say safe for clearcoat.

Hopefully It's not too bad to be done by a detailer. It's just hard to find someone who does good work. No way to really know with these local guys.
Here's the deal. You follow one grit of sandpaper with a lesser grit, until you work your way down to the compounds that will be buffing the finish out. The stuff you bought is equivalent to 2000 grit paper, which is quite a workout for the PC. Like I said before, I use the Flex to clean up the damage you have and that is still some work. A rotary would be a lot faster and better suited. The only problem is you need to find someone skilled with a rotary.


... unless you want to spend a week in Kentucky...
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Here's the deal. You follow one grit of sandpaper with a lesser grit, until you work your way down to the compounds that will be buffing the finish out. The stuff you bought is equivalent to 2000 grit paper, which is quite a workout for the PC. Like I said before, I use the Flex to clean up the damage you have and that is still some work. A rotary would be a lot faster and better suited. The only problem is you need to find someone skilled with a rotary.


... unless you want to spend a week in Kentucky...
That could be arranged.

But I just polished a little square and the swirls are gone. I used the black two stage turtle wax polish I normally used. I'm sure it still needs to be fixed but it could look better in the mean time.

Oh curse my jumpiness.

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You're a good man. I'll put a star on your post now.

Now we have to work on PQ. He's his own worst enemy today! Have you done the flash test on that spot you just polished PQ?
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Old 04-10-2010, 07:03 PM   #36
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You're a good man. I'll put a star on your post now.

Now we have to work on PQ. He's his own worst enemy today! Have you done the flash test on that spot you just polished PQ?
What is a flash test?

But I just washed and dried the whole car. The sun is at three quarter sky and as hard as I try, I can't see ANY swirls or scratches. But I know they are there. I mean, it looks brand new again right now. But, what is a flash test?
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Ok, snapped these real quick. Now when the sun gets to a certain point, I know I'll see the swirls. But the spot that I polished made them go away. Even in the sun. Probably temporary, but I don't know.


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PQ, the flash test means firing the camera flash off into the paint about 8" away from the paint... As Junkman says "the light reveals all"

You can use any light source to reveal scratches and swirls, when I'm working on vehicles I use a halogen lamp to identify where I am in the correction process.

Here's my paint with the dealer swirls in it:


Here's a corrected shot:


Here's a '52 Ford truck I was working on,

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Notice I fire the camera about 8-12" away from the paint surface to reveal all imperfections in the paint?
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What is a flash test?
Hold camera about 6-12 inches from spot flat to the surface. Turn flash on and take photo.

Examples here:

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PQ, the flash test means firing the camera flash off into the paint about 8" away from the paint... As Junkman says "the light reveals all"




Notice I fire the camera about 8-12" away from the paint surface to reveal all imperfections in the paint?


Got it. Let me go do it. *GULP*
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Me and my students are waiting too! Don't forget to use your camera's macro setting so that it can focus that close. Without the macro, your pictures will be blurry.

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That's Pablo... reach over there and you might pull back a nub!
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Shi*.... one sec. I don't have the cord for the camera and I just took them on internal. I gotta do it again.
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Ok. Ugh...............

I got pretty dang close in these.

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PQ - I've seen worse... The good news is that can probably be removed with a orange pad and some Swirl and Haze Remover.
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Yes, it's a good thing you used the rubbing compound wrong or that damage would have been worse. That should clean up with some work and have you back to that glorious shine that Adam's products can do for your ride. You dodge a serious, mega-ton wedgie.
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