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Need a bit of help ...

I got one of these for Christmas.
all I need now is a how-to-use

What are the black dimpled sponges used for ?
What are the other sponges (orange) used for ?
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well i would pratice on a scrap panel first as if used wrong will cause terrible hologram etc the pads are coloured for cutting properties ie light heavy . i would suggest you take a trip over to A world for detailers... and read up on how to use them.
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Re: Need a bit of help ...

Is that a dual-action polisher? Conventional wisdom is that dual-action is easier for a novice to use.. a rotary polisher is more "dangerous" in that you can damage the paint if you're not careful.

It's good advice to get a panel (pref. same colour as your car) and practice on it first, so you can get used to the polisher and what the various heads do.


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I got one of these for Christmas.
all I need now is a how-to-use

What are the black dimpled sponges used for ?
What are the other sponges (orange) used for ?
Black tends to be soft polishing pads and the dimples are to reduce heat but reducing contact and maintaining an airflow.

Orange tends to be hard and for compounding, serious defect removal.

I recommend you start by trying the softest pads as they can impart the least damage if you're not careful.
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You polish with the white lambs wool pads first, then apply a small amount of polish onto the panel and buff with the black dimpled pads. These pads remove swirl and heat marks left behind by the polisher. 3M Purple polish is a good one to use with your kit, it's very fine so will be safer than using something more abrasive. Nice kit, what a great pressie Give it a good wax after though.

Did mine last year: https://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/car-d...ack-paint.html
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Another thought if you have never used one of these polishers. Use small amounts of polish at a time and work in well,Keep the polisher flat against the panel and be very carefull around the edges and feature lines. I always use the dimpled pads on an orbital buffer around these parts, otherwise it's all too easy to polish straight through the paint/clearcoat.
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Re: Need a bit of help ...

Be VERY CAREFUL when using a rotary machine for the first time. A DA machine is a much safer bet. A lambswool bonnet is about as harsh as you could use so avoid it and rather play around with a foam pad and some mild polish. Different brands of pad use different colour codes for how coarse/mild they are.

Visit Detailing World and read up the guides for machine polishing before trying your machine out.

It's great fun so don't be put off. Just be careful. Good luck.
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Re: Need a bit of help ...

Thanks for the replies guys/gals.

I have a couple of spare wings to practice on, but will probably wait for a bit of a break in the weather to give it a good try out.
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