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How much polish/wax do u put on the machine polish pad? Heard conflicting results.
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Re: How much?

4 pea size dots, i use, and make sure the pad is damp before, stops the wax soaking in to much
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When dry I make a cross to start off with, thereafter I top up with a few dots as above.
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Ok cheers
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Re: How much?

If you're using a machine you'll need to put enough on there to properly cover the pad. A dribble in the shape of a "+" across the diameter of the pad is the daddy.

As you polish, you'll see the polish dry out and also break down. Breaking down is when it goes all translucent.. drying is when it goes dry..

If your polish is drying before you have a chance to work it enough to break down, then you have too much polish (use a bit less).

Drying speed depends on the temperature and humidity that day.. breakdown speed depends on the polish, what speed you're maching at and so on.

But it doesn't matter too much if you overdo the polish (just wastes it).. whereas if you use "not enough" you could be running the pad too dry (hot) and end up marking the paint.... so start "generous" and see how you go. Once the pad becomes soaked anyway, you can put less polish on it as you re-charge it.


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Re: How much?

If the pad seems to be drying out too quickly you can also give it a spritz of distilled water out of an old detailing spray bottle.
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Re: How much?

Depends if your using a foam pad on a orbital polisher, if so as above.If your using a high speed polisher with a lambs wool pad, use a nice blob and work it in well or until it turns to dust then add more as you go. If your doing the second option you will need to do the first option afterwards to remove hazeing.
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Re: How much?

I strongly advise you not to use a lambswool pad unless you really know what you are doing. A rotary polishing machine with a lambswool pad is the most aggressive combo you can use. You can burn through the clearcoat in a flash. Be warned!!
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