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View Poll Results: What's the number one most important factor when it comes to polishing paint?

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  • Technique

    158 58.74%
  • Tool

    9 3.35%
  • Pad

    6 2.23%
  • Paint

    34 12.64%
  • Abrasive technology

    62 23.05%
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    POLL - What's the number one most important factor when it comes to polishing paint?

    POLL - What's the number one most important factor when it comes to polishing paint?


    1: Technique.
    2: Tool.
    3: Pad.
    4: Paint.
    5: Abrasive technology.


    Which one and why?


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    Re: POLL - What's the number one most important factor when it comes to polishing paint?

    Number one technique. If I had Tiger Woods clubs and he had Walmart clubs, I think he still wins. Nuff said
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    Re: POLL - What's the number one most important factor when it comes to polishing paint?

    Is this a trick question?

    I went with paint although it seems abrasive technology is usually one of your top ones.

    I say paint because the type of paint and its condition will determine which abrasive, and pad, and to a lesser extent the tool and technique.
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    Re: POLL - What's the number one most important factor when it comes to polishing paint?

    I have this same poll on my facebook page

    https://www.facebook.com/Mike.PhillipsAG


    Interesting comments and great feedback...


    It will be interesting to see what forum people think compared to facebook people.


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    Re: POLL - What's the number one most important factor when it comes to polishing paint?

    Quote Originally Posted by silverfox View Post
    Number one technique. If I had Tiger Woods clubs and he had Walmart clubs, I think he still wins. Nuff said
    Great analogy and I agree, however, great tools and products make it easier for pros and novices alike to get great results.
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    Re: POLL - What's the number one most important factor when it comes to polishing paint?

    My vote would be for technique. It seemed at the beginning I kept trying to find a different product or pad that would help me get better results. However, after a while I ended up with several products and the same-ish results. Finally I came to my senses and kept working on how I used the products and tools until I learned to use them properly. Now I get better results with all my products.

    I think this also plays into a lot of the anti-rotary comments I've read before. With proper technique you can get outstanding results, or used improperly you can buy a repaint. That said, maybe one day I'll use/own a rotary.
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    Re: POLL - What's the number one most important factor when it comes to polishing paint?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mantilgh View Post

    Is this a trick question?

    No, not at all. Mike Phillips doesn't roll like that. I don't play games and I don't do trick questions.


    This is a poll to see what people think and why. It's really up to you and your opinion and there's no wrong or right opinion on this topic. You're going to see people are very different on their opinion.


    So vote!


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    Re: POLL - What's the number one most important factor when it comes to polishing paint?

    I picked paint. It is the beginning and end of the whole polishing process. You can polish until your blue in the face, if your paint is not going to ever finish out, what's the point?

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    Re: POLL - What's the number one most important factor when it comes to polishing paint?

    Number 5: Abrasive technology

    Basing my choice, (after prior and
    careful introspection), upon your assessment
    as that being so—as found in many of your
    postings such as this:

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike.Phillips@Autogeek View Post
    If a product, tool, pad etc. works... then I can make it work.

    If the one of these components doesn't' work then no one can make it work.

    The key component however is always the abrasive technology. It's the abrasives that are touching the paint.

    I also agree with this assessment:
    Quote Originally Posted by Mike.Phillips@Autogeek View Post
    Now the paint itself can be a HUGE factor too... that's why you always start any car detailing project by doing a Test Spot.

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    Re: POLL - What's the number one most important factor when it comes to polishing paint?

    My humble opinion.. Paint and abrasive technology are probably more critical than the rest. Techniques and tools can be learnt or adjusted with different situation. Pads is important but it is aint as sensitive as abrasive. A tweak of techniques such as pressure or buffing speed can help to mitigate a little to produce a better finish.

    On the other hand, if the abrasive is of low quality, I think there is little we could do to change a poor abrasive to a re-fine one..

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