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Some thug has run into my car while visiting Lincoln the other week, on the very slim chance the **** is reading this, I wish you pain.

An attempt to T cut the scratches out failed, they disappear when wet so I believe only the top clear coat is marked.

So I bought, as per title, a DA kit that comes with a white pad, orange pad, Meguiars Ultra Finish polish 205 and Meguiars Ultra Cut Compound 105. I've always fancied a go at detailing.

I'm fine with all the products, but due to the alleged soft Lexus paint I was wondering if the cutting compound is too aggressive?
 

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I’ve got a white Hex Logic light-medium polishing pad and the same make orange medium-heavy cutting pad.
 

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That's exactly what I've got never had to use the orange one, the White pad is the most useful and the black finishing one is worth having, I have a rotary polisher as well they work great with that 105 on a White pad makes mirrors.
 

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Thanks for that Olly, I'll give it a go. The white pad obviously looks a little more gentle.
 

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I’m no expert.......but the white pad is a polishing pad (the name is a giveaway;) )

With all my pads - of varying manufacturers - the pad type is discernible by colour. I use Chemical Guys - as below

http://www.chemicalguys.com/v/vspfiles/assets/images/HexLogicPolishingPadChart.jpg

If your top coat is marked - I would try a medium cutting compound with an orange cutting pad and light pressure on the mop. This will remove swirls, scratches etc. The compound you have is suitable for medium to heavy defects - Meguiars products are excellent.

The white pad is then used for polishing and sealing - if required. Should you really get inspired to go for it - finish with a nice top coat of wax :)

Good luck!
 

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Cheers soolka, I’m aware of all the above, do you think the cutting compound is too aggressive for my Lexus’s alleged soft paint.
 

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The Meguiars 105 is quite a fast cut and I would be cautious using it on softer paints - or certaining only applying very light pressure on the mop if you choose to use it.

I really like Sonax EX04-06, which is a relatively new product. The cut is more dependent on the pad you use - so if your paint is quite soft, you would use green heavy polishing pad, or even the white pad. It may take longer to reduce the defects with the white pad, though! I have had excellent results on both soft and harder paints - using different pads.

SONAX - Dual Action EX04-06 Polish - Clean Your Car

Also, there are some great products which can help hide small swirls or blemishes....I use the following on dark colours after the compound/polish

PoorBoys - Black Hole - Clean Your Car

Good luck!
 

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Cheers. :thumbup:

I may save the cutting compound for the sons 14 year old vectra.
 

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I think the scratches are so minor they will buff out quite easily with the DA and the products I have.
 
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