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    Factors that affect how aggressive or non-aggressive a product is...

    Factors that affect how aggressive or non-aggressive a product is




    When working on automotive paints, it's important to remember that it's not just the paint care products that determine total correction ability... it's anything that touches the paint and even the way the paint is touched…

    Here's some factors...

    Application Materials
    Wool cutting pads are more aggressive than soft foam finishing pads. Applying any product with a more aggressive pad will make the process more aggressive overall. Applying any product with soft foam will tend to make the process less aggressive than if you were to use any kind of material that's more aggressive than soft foam.


    Application Process
    A Rotary Buffer is a powerful direct drive tool and has the ability and potential to make any chemical and any application material more aggressive than other tools.

    DA Polishers have the potential to increase the aggressiveness of any paint care product by using aggressive foam or fiber pads or decrease the aggressiveness of a product or process by using soft foam buffing pads.

    When working by hand you can increase the aggressiveness of any product by the application material you use and the amount of pressure you exert. Foam wax applicators are softer than terry cloth applicators so to give an abrasive hand applied polish more bite use a cotton terry cloth applicator and put some passion behind the pad. To make a product or process by hand less aggressive use a soft foam applicator and a gentle touch.


    Size of work area
    To increase aggressiveness of a process you can shrink downward the size of your work area, this will concentrate more product to the process. To decrease the aggressiveness of a process you can increase the size of the work area, this will act to dilute the strength of the product being used.


    Product amount
    Normally you want to use an ample amount of product for the procedure you're doing, that is not use too much product but also not use too little product. The reason why is because using too much product can hyper-lubricate the surface making it more difficult for abrasive to abrade paint. Using to little product means not having enough product on the surface to actually do a good job.

    When it come to using cleaner/waxes on neglected surfaces, you should lean towards using the product heavy, or wet so that you error on the side of caution and have plenty of chemical cleaning agents working for you as well as any mechanical abrasives if they are present in the product. Using to little will result is less cleaning ability overall.


    Number of applications
    Applying a product multiple times can affect how aggressive a product is after the first application because the first application will tend to do the initial grunt work removing all the easily removed defects or topical impurities enabling second and third applications to go right to work on freshly cleaned paint.


    Technique - technique is everything...
    Using proper technique is vitally important. For example moving a DA Polisher too quickly over the surface will decrease a products aggressiveness because you don't give the combination of oscillating action, rotating action, the pad material and the product time to affect the paint in one area before moving the polisher further along the paint.



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    Re: Factors that affect how aggressive or non-aggressive a product is...

    Here's the thread on ample...

    How much product do I use with my DA Polisher?


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    Use an "ample" amount of product
    When I say use an ample amount of product this means donít use too much product and donít use to little product.

    From The Free Dictionary.com
    am∑ple
    adjective
    1. Of large or great size, amount, extent, or capacity: an ample living room.

    2.
    a. Large in degree, kind, or quantity: an ample reward.
    b. More than enough: ample evidence.

    3. Fully sufficient to meet a need or purpose: had ample food for the party.

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    Re: Factors that affect how aggressive or non-aggressive a product is...

    ***Article Updated***


    Related article

    "Use the least aggressive product to get the job done"



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