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those polishing machines...

Is machine polishing something that should be left to the pros, or something anyone can do once they get a kit and have a play?
I've got lots of swirl marks that I want rid of, but am scared of ripping my paint to bits/making it worse
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Re: those polishing machines...

Have you got a rotary or normal machine polisher ? ie megs g220 or pc4545 or what ever it called.

The rotary can be hard to get the hang of, The nomal ones like the megs are fairly easy to use. Work the machine say 1inch a second and do about 4 passes till the polish goes clear. ( basically ) Go to the scrappy and play with a scrap panel
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Re: those polishing machines...

havent got one yet, thinking about getting one if its possible to get a good result with no prior experience - scrap panel sounds like a good idea - ta
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Re: those polishing machines...

With a DA polisher it is almost impossible to do damage. The cardinal rule is always start off with the least aggressive pad and least aggressive polish and go stronger (aggressive) if needs be.

Be very careful of laying in with a rotary machine unless you have practiced. It is very easy to burn through the clear coat if you are inexperienced.

I would strongly recommend a DA polisher like the Meguiars G220.
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Springbok what are the differences. As I too would like to know how to do this?
 
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make sure you use plenty of water when using a cutting agent with a mop
 
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Springbok what are the differences. As I too would like to know how to do this?
http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/e.../PadMotion.jpg

its how the polished spins the pad.

and i would go for the Kestrel Dual Action Polisher same product but over 40 cheaper,

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A picture speaks a thousand words.

Simply put, a Rotary spins in a constant circular motion whereas a DA (Dual Action) also known as a Random Orbit spins and oscilates so the pad's contact with the surface is never constant.

It is far more forgiving and easier to use.
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make sure you use plenty of water when using a cutting agent with a mop
bang on use plenty of water and always keep the mop moving iv done a few cars in the past and found that the g10 cutting paste is the best choice with a foam head aplicator .
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http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/e.../PadMotion.jpg

its how the polished spins the pad.

and i would go for the Kestrel Dual Action Polisher same product but over 40 cheaper,

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A picture speaks a thousand words.

Simply put, a Rotary spins in a constant circular motion whereas a DA (Dual Action) also known as a Random Orbit spins and oscilates so the pad's contact with the surface is never constant.

It is far more forgiving and easier to use.
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With a DA polisher it is almost impossible to do damage. The cardinal rule is always start off with the least aggressive pad and least aggressive polish and go stronger (aggressive) if needs be.

Be very careful of laying in with a rotary machine unless you have practiced. It is very easy to burn through the clear coat if you are inexperienced.

I would strongly recommend a DA polisher like the Meguiars G220.
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is other ways English not yet good but need to fix scratch just poishinh can make more problem
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oh sorry i thought you computer was playing up. where are you from origanally?
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have a look here
Machine Polishing by Rotary Polisher - Full Guide - Detailing World

and here as well
http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/foru...ad.php?t=63859
possibly a lot of reading, but if a car is polished correctly it does look the business

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heres some 50/50 shot that i did for some guys rover



and a finished shot of another bm after machine polishing
before

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I have a rotary polisher, it took me a while but i have now got the hang of it....and i'm glad i did...

Whilst a DA is good i still think that a rotary gives a better finish, especially on Alfa paint which seems to be like granite, getting marks out of the paint on my 156 is taking ages. i am doing a panel a weekend using megs 83 polish on a rotary with megs cutting pads....

I was bought my rotary for xmas my son has a daggy old Renault clio with now some of the nicest paintwork you have seen on a 13 year old car, i used that as my 'mule' and got used to the feel of it.
In addition i read about polishes, pads and techniques, finally i started on the 156 last weekend, the results are amazing, as i said it took me all weekend to sort out the roof so it has now got very few marks and a lovely depth about it, i will be posting up a full write up once i have finished
 
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