Originally Posted by brian45acp
I just got my PC in today along with the PC How To video by Mike. I noticed that he didnt run the PC up to the edge of the hood during his example. Does that mean anything or is just an example and that is all? I am just wondering if I am not suppose to get the pad near body edges.
Also in the video Mike was saying to start with the least abrasive method first. Even though my truck is brand new I have clear coat scratches from the dealer broom. I know that is what they are because they are all in a straight line and not swirls. I used my swirl removing product by hand on a cotton pad and with a lot of work was able to remove small tight areas by hand. I doubt that my AIO product with mild abrasives would do the job but do you guys think I should give that a try or just correct the car now and then go to the AIO as a polish then finish off with the wax product?
Just for a run down this is what I came up with:
Swirl remover= Orange pad
AIO= white pad
Wax= black pad
Sealer= blue pad
Maybe I missed it, but I don't see a listing of products you bought or the pads that you are using. Different products and pads have different characteristics. I've used LC CCS, flat, and constant pressure pads. For these pads
, I start with white pads for any polish (mostly Menzerna SIP and FPII), and move to an orange or yellow pad if necessary.
For example, an Orange LC Hybrid pad is labeled a "heavy cutting pad" while an Orange LC CCS pad is labeled a "light cutting pad". You need to specify brand and type of pad to get accurate feedback.
Also, you listed pads for applying wax and sealant. Zaino and Ultima specify using a microfiber pad for hand-applying
their sealants. (I've applied Zaino Z2 & Z5 by hand and machine. Applying by machine is a waste of time.) OTOH, other brands/types of sealants and waxes can/should be applied with by machine. Get my drift? It depends on the products you choose.
Also, it looks like you're going with a multi-step process with sealant and/or wax as an LSP. Why get an AIO?
Since you want a multi-step process, I'd recommend using a good quality polish like Menzerna for prep followed by a good sealant. Skip the AIO. I'm not a wax fan because of the need to reapply every month or so, but you can add wax on top of the sealant if you feel the need for extra pop.
Also, make sure that you get the right kind of car washes, cleaners, and QD's for your LSP
. Some will strip the LSP and some won't. This can be either good or bad depending on your goal. Dawn soap will strip most waxes and LSPs, which is good if you're prepping for applying new LSP's. Or bad, if you're just doing a routine, recurring wash.
The same thing applies to microfiber towels - it depends. I use PakShak and Cobra Guzzler waffle-weaves for drying my car. (PakShak is easily as good as the Guzzler and 2/3 the cost.) For removing polishes, I like short nap towels. For QD's, I prefer a plush towel (I have several from PakShak and PBMG.)
I hope this helps.