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    Time to buff/polish....

    Well,

    Long story short, my wiper motor went backwards and scratched my hood!

    I've never used a DA polisher. I have the stuff I need.

    This should remove light scratches, correct?







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    Re: Time to buff/polish....

    Can you feel the scratch with your fingernail?
    "Dirt likes detergent so much better than the surface that it's attached to, it'll leave that surface to go hang out with the soap"...aim4squirrels

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    Re: Time to buff/polish....

    Quote Originally Posted by dcjredline View Post
    Can you feel the scratch with your fingernail?
    No I can not.

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    Re: Time to buff/polish....

    If your fingernail doesn't drop INTO the scratch that's a good sign.

    Often times you can improve a scratch but not entirely remove a scratch.

    Watch this video, it will show you exactly what to do.







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    Re: Time to buff/polish....

    More...

    More....


    Be sure to read these two articles and do at least one of the things I show...

    How to Monitor Pad Rotation? Mark Your Buffing Pads


    Use a combination of Sharpie Markers, both Black and Silver and also touch-up paint can be used.








    Video: Mark your backing plate to make it easy to see pad rotation







    And here's my quote on this topic....



    If the pad is not rotating on a free spinning random orbital polisher - you are not doing anything -Mike Phillips


    Ha ha.... there used to be a couple of guys that would try to argue that a pad does not need to rotate in order to remove swirls and scratches, that oscillation was enough - but they've disappeared.

    In reality, for any brand of free spinning random orbital polisher, if the pad is NOT rotating, then the oscillation isn't full or true oscillation but close to the pad simply vibrating against the paint. And while some people may try to argue that this vibration of a pad against the paint can and will ABRADE the paint - the abrading will be so minute that it will take you a million years to buff out one 16" by 16" area.


    So from a practical point of view, and by this I mean, at some point I need to buff out the car, finish it, get my money, go home, take a shower, eat dinner and go to bed, from this practical point of view, having a pad ONLY oscillate or vibrate against paint with swirls, scratches, water spots and/or oxidation is a waste of time.

    If you want to remove below surface paint defects in a sane manner and you're' going to use a free spinning random orbital polisher then the pad MUST rotate and oscillate. Anything else is just wasting time. And this is why I tell people to mark their backing plates or the sides of their buffing pads - so it's easy for your EYES to see what's happening at the surface level. Otherwise the action taking place at the pad-to-paint interface is just a blur.



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    Re: Time to buff/polish....

    Not the best picture. This was my first time using a DA polisher. I have the porter cable.

    I only did the hood and top fenders right now, I plan on doing the whole car soon.

    I used Wolfgang products. First I used a orange pad, then a white pad.

    I still have some small scratches, but it looks much better!

    I'm wondering if I should use a little more aggressive pad or not?

    I need to order up some black pads for laying down wax. After using the DA polisher, I really don't want to do anything by hand!



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    Time to buff/polish....

    A fox body Mustang. Gotta give it some love.
    More picture please!!!!

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