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Old 01-22-2015, 11:13 AM   #1
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black zl1 needs help

Hello,
I have a black ZL1, that I thought I was taking pretty good care of until I started reading more about polishing, foam guns, and when not to use instant detailer. I have been using the turtle wax black box. Not long after I got my car, I hit a deer and had the fender and bumper replaced. I was looking at getting a porter cable with M105 and M205 to work on some light scratches that are in the paint. I have never used a buffer on it, and have been watching numerous video's on how to do this without destroying the paint. In the areas that I can't get to with the buffer, is there any special applicator that I have to use to use the M105 and M205 by hand? Should I be concerned that the paint on the bumper and fender may not be as hard as the factory paint? Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Old 01-22-2015, 12:08 PM   #2
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why don't you offer to help someone buff out their Mustang so you can get some practice first.
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Old 01-22-2015, 12:27 PM   #3
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haha, that's not a bad idea
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Old 01-22-2015, 04:08 PM   #4
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Where are you in WV, I am in Huntington if your close. I have a porter cable, pads and Adams polishes if you want to give it a try.
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Old 01-22-2015, 04:15 PM   #5
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What places are you concerned about that you won't be able to get to? You can always buy a smaller backing plate and pads if you desire.

As for the clear coat on the replacement parts, it's hard to say. My thinking would be if they came from the same factory that our cars are produced in, then they would be the same. I would do a test spot on those pieces individually to see if you are going to have to treat them differently then the rest of your car.
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Old 01-22-2015, 04:48 PM   #6
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Thanks for the offer. I live about 3 1/2 hours from Huntington. I live close to Canaan valley in tucker county.

It looks like getting in the bumper next to the headlights would be an issue, then around the rear bow tie the you wouldn't ne able to keep the buffer flat.
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Old 01-22-2015, 06:58 PM   #7
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Travis, those areas I use the 4'' focus pads and backing plate.
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Old 01-23-2015, 02:51 PM   #8
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4" pads will work in those areas. The PC doesn't have enough power, nor does any free spinning DA polisher, to damage your paint. You would only damage it if you beat it on the car. The trick is to keep the pad rotating so you can remove defects. This video should help you out. As J Truck already stated, do a small test spot on the newer clear, and adjust if needed. This video may help you if you haven't seen it already.

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Old 01-23-2015, 06:19 PM   #9
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Thanks. I will take a look. Its still cold and snowy here, but I almost feel bad for my cruze, as it's going to be my test vehicle...lol
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Old 01-24-2015, 05:57 PM   #10
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Travis, those areas I use the 4'' focus pads and backing plate.
I have some of these from adam's and they work well, worth the cost IMO
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