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    Compound testing

    Compound testing







    I write a LOT about the art of polishing paint.


    One of the articles I share a lot is this one,

    Clearcoats are thin by Mike Phillips


    This is another one...


    Clearcoats are Scratch-Sensitive


    For both reasons it's important to use compounds, polishes and cleaner/waxes that have good reputations.


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    Re: Compound testing

    Uh oh. Mike doing compound testing!? This is always good to see.

    Another important thing to add is taking measurements of the paint with an e-PTG.

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    Re: Compound testing

    What compound was used in the upper right test section

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    Re: Compound testing

    Who am I to say, but looks alone shouldnt be the primary factor for compound comparison. I think clocking the time from compound to finishing polish is really the best judgement.

    Time> ease of use> looks >everything else

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    Re: Compound testing

    And since ive gone through this thought process I think I may understand why I am so adamant that skill is more important than abrasive technology. Because its the skill that will save you the time more then likely.

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    Re: Compound testing

    Quote Originally Posted by mbkite View Post

    What compound was used in the upper right test section
    An aggressive compound.


    Quote Originally Posted by JeffM View Post

    Who am I to say, but looks alone shouldn't be the primary factor for compound comparison. I think clocking the time from compound to finishing polish is really the best judgment.
    Timing is used for compound testing. I have s set of parameters I use and controls in place. I normally don't share the procedure for compound testing in public but I "think" one time I did post it to this forum. As I type I have over 3,4000 posts, so all a person has to do is start reading through them to find it.


    Quote Originally Posted by JeffM View Post

    And since ive gone through this thought process I think I may understand why I am so adamant that skill is more important than abrasive technology.

    Because its the skill that will save you the time more then likely.

    I completely and respectfully disagree. The most important aspect or factor when it comes to polishing paint is the abrasive technology. It's either good or it's bad. It either works or it causes damage as it's worked.

    Technique is important but not near as important as the stuff that is actually touching the paint. For these test the abrasive technology was excellent and the products passed the tests with flying colors. Can't say that's true for all the compounds, polishes and cleaner/waxes I get asked to test for companies.


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    Re: Compound testing

    Looks good for an aggressive compound

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    Re: Compound testing

    Quote Originally Posted by JeffM View Post

    And since ive gone through this thought process I think I may understand why I am so adamant that skill is more important than abrasive technology. Because its the skill that will save you the time more then likely.
    Mike taught a Lady in her late 60`s and a teenage boy last Thursday night and their polished panels came out great.

    Products, pads and machines.
    (Proper teacher did`nt hurt though.)

    "Chrome wheeled, fuel injected and steppin' out over the line"

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    Re: Compound testing

    Is this the beginning of a test and outcome that will be shared? Given the buying season upon us, perhaps you could share the best results and products used so we could perhaps look at buying them and trying them out?

    Love to see if there are reviews and updates coming.

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    Re: Compound testing

    Quote Originally Posted by pdqgp View Post

    Is this the beginning of a test and outcome that will be shared?

    This was for an outside company that wanted their compounds and polishes tested.

    We get these requests from time to time as some companies want a second opinion before launching a new product or products.

    I've been in this industry a long time and I'm pretty good and either proving a new product is ready to launch or needs to go back to the drawing board. Not everyone likes my report on their products.

    I test everything on black paint and the results and report are private.


    I just thought I would share the picture because I figured some of you guys would think this type of stuff is interesting.

    When I tell people the most important factor as it relates to polishing paint is the abrasive technology.... not a person's technique.... take my word for it... I know what I'm talking about.


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