Using a Rotary Polisher
Hi guys n gals,
I don't typically stray over this side of the forum, so a big hello to all the Alfa detailers over here. Its not that I don't love cleaning / detailing my car, as I do and frequently; as my neighbours will often comment on, but I've never had any questions to ask - sorry!
I've got a beautiful white 159 Lusso with red leather but the car I'm interested in discussing today is my wife's red 147, 2001 @ 61k on clock (that's 1k less than my 159!)
The car was a wedding gift to my wife, so we've only had it just over a month now. I only paid £450 for the vehicle and as a result had some mechanical niggles and an MOT to work through - which I've now done. So, now she can legally walk the walk it's time to think about looking the part.
The previous owner had the car for around five years and I suspect he stopped cleaning it when he ran out of bricks to rub the paintwork over with - it was rough!
I've washed / clayed etc etc but I feel it could use a proper polish up, so I bought a polisher - a rotary.
I expect people are going to tell me "you should have got a DA" but I didn't want one, rotary seems a bit more purist to me and in theory the results can be better.
You'll be alarmed to hear I've never actually tried anything like this before too but without wishing to be rude please skip the preaching - I'm well aware of the pros / cons and risks involved in rotary polishing.
So, in for a penny, in for a pound.
It came with a large Velcro plate and I bought a small one too and I've also got a one piece screw on pad for the polisher which I think is about 6in - can't remember sizes.
I've had a go with it this morning and wanted to discuss the results. It was only a brief test down the bonnet as the sun came out and the panel was getting too warm to continue. I don't have a garage but I've got a basic rule - if I'm casting a shadow then sunlight cancels play. I refuse to wash / clean / wax a car in direct sunlight.
The pad I'm using isn't the softest pad I could find, but only one down from it. Theory being is I didn't want anything too harsh a cut on the first go at a risk of trashing paint. The product I'm using is Megs Ultimate Compound - which shouldn't be too scary to use.
I primed the pad with product before setting off too and worked across a small section to test. I'm pleased to say I didn't by any stretch of the imagination trash the paintwork and I can certainly tell where I've been and where I haven't; so I'm happy I've made it better and not worse! I think I'm going to need probably two or three passes before it gets to a level I'm happy with but rather that than go too harsh.
What I was surprised about it how much the machine wanted to pull me about, which I didn't know whether to expect or not really, if that makes sense? I'm 6ft1 and around 17st so I'm not one for being easily moved but the polisher clearly had an idea about where it wanted to go.
I worked in an up / down then left / right pattern across my area with the pad flat on the paintwork.
Is that kind of normal given the tool being used or am I not using enough product or what?
I'm not applying any pressure to the polisher at all, I've more got my left hand (guide hand) on the side of the D ring handle for direction control rather than on top to apply pressure as understand pressure is a no no.
Would welcome any tips / tricks / hints or suggestions you guys have.
thanks for letting me over here!
1999 156 1.8TS Sport Pack 3
2001 166 3.0 V6 24V Super
2003 156 GTA 3.2 V6 24V
2005 156 1.9 JTDM-Jet Sport
2008 159 1.9 JTDM Lusso
1997 GTV 2.0TS Lusso
2001 147 1.6TS Lusso