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    Polish and Pad Recommendations for a New Car

    I just bought a brand new black Honda Civic Si and I am looking to ceramic coat it myself with CQuarts UK 3.0. The car has just hit a 1000 miles on it and I want to protect it since I live in the Midwest. What polish and pad would be good for a new car with minor to no imperfections. I plan on washing, claying, polishing and then ceramic coating. Any help would be much appreciated, thanks.

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    Re: Polish and Pad Recommendations for a New Car

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    Re: Polish and Pad Recommendations for a New Car

    I have a Griot's garage 6 in dual action polisher. Thanks for the help

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    Re: Polish and Pad Recommendations for a New Car

    I have read that the Honda paints are on the softer side, but I have zero experience with them.

    Bumping this to the top. Hope someone chimes in!
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    Thanks!

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    Re: Polish and Pad Recommendations for a New Car

    Honda paint is indeed very soft, although the newest models are a bit harder than they used to be. 90 percent of Japanese cars benefit from an orange polishing pad and changing out the different compounds/polishes as needed. I personally pretty much just stick to the Sonax polishing liquids now, they just work.
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    Re: Polish and Pad Recommendations for a New Car

    Thanks I'm new to polishing, since I have only done it once. From my my experience you want the least abrasive solution. I'm just not sure what products to use since I have little to no experience in this field. Thanks for all the help

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    Re: Polish and Pad Recommendations for a New Car

    Use CarPro Essence and a soft foam polishing pad. The car is new so it *should* only have the most minor of imperfections, you don't want to go aggressive with the pad. Essence has very minor abrasives in it so there's no worry of getting in over your head, plus it will make a good primer for CQ UK 3.0.

    I recently did my new M340i using a Rupes yellow polishing/finish pad (one step back from their softest, strictly finish pad), Essence, and topped with UK and Gliss.

    Congrats on the new car. The Si trim really makes the new Civic look sharp.

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    Re: Polish and Pad Recommendations for a New Car

    Thanks for all the help everyone. There are only minor imperfections, such as very light swirl marks and the day I bought the car it was raining so there are some water spots. Appreciate all the imput

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    Re: Polish and Pad Recommendations for a New Car

    Quote Originally Posted by GotBPS View Post

    What polish and pad would be good for a new car with minor to no imperfections.

    Quote Originally Posted by GotBPS View Post

    I have a Griot's garage 6 in dual action polisher.

    First - watch this video. While in the video I"m showing the Porter Cable - the Griot's polisher you have is simply a COPY of the Porter Cable with more power. AND - there's more info in the below article as you scroll down it - read it.


    How to do a Test Spot and then buff out your car! Video Explanation by Mike Phillips


    Second - for products and pads for this tool and what is normally soft paint on Hondas, here's some pad recommendations.

    I hate to ASSUME but you didn't state what size backing plate you have. The GG6 came with a 6" backing plate and since you say you're new to this - I'll assume you have the factory 6" backing plate.

    Assuming I'm' assuming correctly, and using the




    For products, if you go with this recommendation, which I believe is good and accurate,

    Quote Originally Posted by gofast182 View Post

    Use CarPro Essence and a soft foam polishing pad.

    The car is new so it *should* only have the most minor of imperfections, you don't want to go aggressive with the pad.

    Essence has very minor abrasives in it so there's no worry of getting in over your head, plus it will make a good primer for CQ UK 3.0.

    These pads should work great.

    Griots Garage 6.5 inch Black Foam Finishing Pad (2-Pack)

    I'd recommend getting at least 4 pads and even 6 pads. You can never have too many pads.

    And get at least a 12 pack of these,

    Cobra Storm Gray Edgeless Microfiber Polishing Cloth - 12 Pack

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