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So my buddy calls me up a 9:00 AM this morning asking me if I had my buffer in my hands. I told him that I was waxing something but her name wasn't "car". Of all the nerve, he knows that I am either sleep or "working" that damn early in the morning! He's a bachelor too so he KNOWS better!

Here's what happened. He's turning into a parking lot and some guy with no license decides to pull out and swipe the back end of his car. Realizing what he did, the guy decides to run. Bad decision. My buddy is a detective with the local PD and he was driving his unmarked Charger with a HEMI. So he chases the guy for a block and pulls him over. I told him that it must be nice having a cop around when you need one! :D

Bottom line is, this bumper will need to painted in order to make it 100% perfect, which means that he would have to turn it in to the motor pool. He didn't want to do that because he knows that he would get a hooptie to drive while they take their time fixing his. He wasn't having any of that so he called me. Here's the damage he showed up with.











Damage like this is going to require a more aggressive polisher than the PC-7424XP if you want to fix it sometime this week. At the same time, a rotary polisher could have easily MELTED this rear fascia considering how flexible it is. Since he was in a hurry, I had to just blast the job out. So I broke out some 3M Perfect-It™ I Rubbing Compound, 3M Perfect-It™ II Machine Polish, a flat surfaced green pad, a flat surfaced white pad and my trusty ol' Flex-3401VRG.

A couple of things to note. Normally I would have washed and clayed that area, and wet sanded that remaining scratch out of the paint. However, due to time restraints, I just did the "hook a brutha' up" repair. If you saw the finished product, you wouldn't have ever known that this car was in an accident. I told him to make sure that he reported it to Car Fax.

Here's the final results.












And because you all know that I never fake the funk, here's the flash test.








He asked me what I wanted for the job. I told him to dance like Calvin & Hobbs. He said he'll meet me at Texas Roadhouse. :)

My Lord, I would have loved to seen the face of that guy when his rear view mirror filled up with Christmas lights! :D


That's all folks!

The Junkman
 

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I must have watched your guides to machine polishing about a hundred times before I started using them for corrections. I spent an absolute fortune buying pads and backing plates from Chemical Guys and bought loads of scrap panels to practice on. I'm teaching my daughter right now too.
 

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Ah the legend is on here too!

I am an avid fan and have watched all your videos on youtube. Welcome to Alfa Owner!
 

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Fandabbydossey. :thumbs: Brilliant work.

Oh and welcome to you sir. :)
 

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Ah the legend is on here too!

I am an avid fan and have watched all your videos on youtube. Welcome to Alfa Owner!
Thanks for the welcome and thank you to all who have watched my many videos. Hopefully I can post some helpful topics for the passionate Alfa owners here. :thumbs:
 

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Awful tie :(

Great work on the car btw :)
 

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Wow amazing results!! I wonder if i could obtain similar results using a DA polisher? Will definetely view your youtube videos!! :cool:
 

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Wow amazing results!! I wonder if i could obtain similar results using a DA polisher? Will definetely view your youtube videos!! :cool:
You should get very close if not bang on with a DA, it will just take a little longer. The key is good technique, the correct compounds and pads, practice and patience.
 

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I must have watched your guides to machine polishing about a hundred times before I started using them for corrections. I spent an absolute fortune buying pads and backing plates from Chemical Guys and bought loads of scrap panels to practice on. I'm teaching my daughter right now too.
I am looking forward to trying these YouTube videos and giving machine polishing a go. I have an old berlingo van, clio and L200 to practice on before letting lose on the GTA.

How have you found teaching your daughter?

What would you recommend for a first machine polisher second hand?
 

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I am looking forward to trying these YouTube videos and giving machine polishing a go. I have an old berlingo van, clio and L200 to practice on before letting lose on the GTA.

How have you found teaching your daughter?

What would you recommend for a first machine polisher second hand?
She's doing okay, although not really appreciating being out in the cold doing the prep work!...:D

Best machine for a beginner would be something like a Das6 Pro Plus. You should be able to pick one up with backing plate, pads and compounds for less than £150 either on eBay or some of the specialist detailing retailers online (top tip is to join some detailing groups on Facebook too).
 
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