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Poor polishing technique?

I think my polishing technique for the last ten years has been all wrong. Usually, regardless of the product, i've applied the polish to the car, worked it for about 20 seconds and then left it to dry to a white haze. Then I've buffed it off with a terry cloth or microfibre towel. The results of always been decent.

Today however, I did something different. Using AG SRP with a Meguiars foam appplicator instead of working the polish for 20 seconds I kept working it until it became a translucent glaze. Grabbed the terry clothe and buffed it off, which was much easier than normal.

WOW!!!! I can't believe the results. The difference was unbelievable. I only polished the bonnet on saturday (post stone chip touch up) and after the first go on part of the bonnet the rest of it looked like it had never been polished!

Most of you guys probably use a technique like this anyway but for me its a revelation. Lots of hard work but with fantastic results!
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the good thing with SRP is it packed with fillers, so the more you work it the better the fillers work its also good the less you use.
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Yep, I found that if i applied to much it took ages to breakdown. Also when the foam applicator was a little damp it seemed to help the application aswell.
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just put some egp over to seal it good
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Re: Poor polishing technique?

I've run out of time(and energy) for today. That will be tommorow. I'm gonna try the same technique with the wax.

I'm definately considering a G220 DA polisher from meguiars. Reckon I could get an even better finish in half the time!
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if your considering the polisher ( i have the rotary ) you drifting into the proper abrasive polishes then all good.

then your be looking at super no swirl paint here a 50/50 off the net
http://www.shineondetail.com/images/671.jpg

start off with menzerna ( my fav ) final finish for light work then whack on some glaze and then some wax.
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whats 'srp'
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whats 'srp'
Simply Rubbish Polish..........available from Halofrods.

Seriously, it's Autoglym's Super Resin Polish but the word "Super" has been added erroneously.
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I was looking to buy this one when it comes back into stock, instead of the G220. Gets a decent report on Detailing World
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I was looking to buy this one when it comes back into stock, instead of the G220. Gets a decent report on Detailing World
dont get cought u in the kit thing, it may have items in there you will never use, look to see if you buy them single will work out cheaper for what you need, that kit is very good if your looking to do a full ppaint correction on your car but if you want to just glaze, polish, wax, seal its a bit over kill.



if you need any help let me know.....
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dont get cought u in the kit thing, it may have items in there you will never use, look to see if you buy them single will work out cheaper for what you need, that kit is very good if your looking to do a full ppaint correction on your car but if you want to just glaze, polish, wax, seal its a bit over kill.



if you need any help let me know.....
Thanks - I'll give you a shout when I come to buy as the pads are a bit confusing for me
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Re: Poor polishing technique?

The pads is (dare I say it) a bit anoraky.

There's different pads to apply polish (cut) and other, milder pads to apply glaze and yet other (non-abrasive) pads to apply wax/sealant.. but don't get hung up on it. You will have a job to tell the difference between a polish and glaze pad.

Having said that... buy a polish pad for the polish and continue to use the Meguiars applicator to apply the wax/sealant of your choice. Wax "has" to be applied by hand, I think.

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Wax "has" to be applied by hand, I think.
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to clear this up, yes some waxes have to be applied by hand, but they will tell you on the label if it is or isn't able to, the reason some are not is because of the speed rating, most waxes will give you an idea of speed rating to be applied,

but the other way round there are some waxes now that are best allied by DA,Dodo Juice - Supernatural Machine Stick for one
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I beat up Tarquini this weekend with my clay, AG SRP followed by some PB Black Hole glaze and then some Natty Blue Wax (Poorboys again) and the beast did come up blinking shiny, I have to say.

Shame I'm a bit of a lazy **** though.. I noticed a lot (actually a bit.. but it'd be "a lot" if a tiny insect had to walk across it on a hot day) of overspray areas... (the fella who fixed my rear wheel arches) .. still.

They needed a more vigorous polishing really but I couldn't be bothered to get the machine out.

Now when I look at it in bright sunlight at an angle I can see "dull" areas where the over-spray is.

The Younger Mrs S. can't see anything wrong with it at all, of course..

I'll leave it a few weeks (shame to zap the Blue stuff) and then get the "angle-grinder" (aka DA polisher) on it again. When I did the roof and boot it came up booootiful

Oh .. and swirls. I still have loads and loads (sunny days..) The Black Hole didn't do much for them (though I applied by hand..) and the SSR1 is maybe a bit toooooo fine?

May have to find some SSR2. Buy shares in paint-shops everyone!

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Re: Poor polishing technique?

I have the same problem with the swirls. cant see them today (overcast) but as soon as the sun comes out....

Its annoying because the cars only a year old. I think the previous owner must have used car washes.
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Yep, most swirls are caused by bad washing techniques.
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here you go what not to do,

Carwash
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3 hand job wash

YouTube - Fifth Gear 15x01 Car Wash
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Good film chemguy.

Noticed the comments about the wash mit. Are they much better than a sponge?
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Well, if ever there was proof that water blades are cr*p then thats it.

The theory of using a mitt is that the grains of dirt which cause swirls are drawn up into the mitt instead of being scraped back and forward across the surface by the sponge. The use of a good quality MF mitt and the two bucket wash method will radically reduce the swirling which is so noticible on dark colours.
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Two buckets? One with car shampoo and another with just water for rinsing the sponge/mitt, alternating between the two?
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My boyfriend thinks I am mad cos I always wash my car by hand - never ever use car washes at all. It is a pain in the bum in winter, but in summer, your paintwork is just miles better, and your car looks newer than it really is.
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My wife complains every week because when i get back from work ( I work away for five days at a time, followed by five off) she expects me to do the house work BEFORE cleaning the car. I don't think so!
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No no no no no!

Did you tell her what's what and how things are going to be?


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Try it again... she may not beat you up so much this time!


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Two arguments and a day of not speaking and she now LETS me have my own way.

Although, I seem to have a few more jobs on my list now. Not sure whos won this one!
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Two buckets? One with car shampoo and another with just water for rinsing the sponge/mitt, alternating between the two?
Yes, precisely. You will be amazed at the dirt that you will find at the bottom of the "rinse' bucket. This dirt would have been suspended in the "wash" bucket where it could cause swirls.
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