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    Re: When to stop buffing - Or - How far should you go to remove swirls and scratches?

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    This is great stuff! Thanks mike!

    Thanks!

    This is what I aim for,

    Great stuff!


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    Re: When to stop buffing - Or - How far should you go to remove swirls and scratches?

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    Just curious Mike, did all of that come out?

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    Re: When to stop buffing - Or - How far should you go to remove swirls and scratches?

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    Just curious Mike, did all of that come out?

    The pictures of the wacky scratches were from another forum members project.

    I forget how much they were able to remove?



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    Re: When to stop buffing - Or - How far should you go to remove swirls and scratches?

    The information you posted below was interesting, thank you. I've never done ceramic before but I just ordered my first ceramic kit from AG yesterday (CQuartz + Reload).

    For my typical past correction processes, after polishing I usually go over the car with some sort of cleaning agent. I used to use 50/50 IPA however I eventually realized there's better dedicated products for this (I have DP Prep Spray here currently) which do claim to have 'some' lubrication built it, so that's better I suppose. The idea of this step is to remove polishing oils so the LCP can adhere to the surface. But I never really thought of that wipe down process actually inducing new marks into the paint. When I'm applying a 'normal' LCP with a buffer (i.e. typical wax/sealant product), maybe that process helps hide any new micro-marring I may have introduced during wipe down. But now with my first ceramic application, I'm applying it right after the wipe down by hand, no buffing action as it's applied with a small hand applicator. And the ceramic coating is essentially 'locking in' the current paint condition, and it needs to be applied to a clean surface to properly bond.

    So I'm kind of confused as to how I should be ideally doing this. I'm still very much a rookie, so perhaps there is a step I'm missing or misunderstanding. My general process was going to be :
    1) Wash
    2) Decon
    3) Correct to the extent deemed necessary (I planned to use the Griots BOSS creams)
    4) Wipe Down
    5) Apply CQuartz
    6) Apply Reload
    7) Cure for 24hrs

    Am I missing something? I'm now starting to second guess the correct approach to go from post-polish to ceramic application. Are you saying there are polishes that already contain some sort of ceramics so you can skip the wipe-down step and go straight from polish to ceramic application?

    Thanks for any feedback you can give a newbie that's here to learn


    EDIT: Been reading up on this all morning, and may have answered my own question. I see there are some polishes that leave either an SIO2 base behind that you can apply the ceramic directly to (i.e. CarPro Essence). Not sure if I still skip wipe down but at even if I do wipe down at least it's against some sort of protection layer and not bare clear coat. OR there are polishes that are "prep polishes" that do the work of a polish, yet are water based and do not leave oils behind, thus eliminating the prep wipe down step (I see prep polishes from both DP and McKee's).

    I've heard the Griots creams leave behind more of a watery/milky residue behind rather than oily. So not sure if those would work like the prep polish, and I was planning to use Griot's. But I do see AG has the DP on sale, so perhaps I ought to just grab a bottle of that for the shelf since it's only $14 right now.

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    Sorry, was typing fast, think I mentioned I typed out the article in 25 minutes or less. You can't even find an article like this typed out on a Facebook group.


    When I described Package 3 that was focused on the correction aspect as the context of this article is about chasing after swirls and scratches. After you posted this, I added this to the first sentence in the description of Package 3


    followed by polishing, chemically stripping and then installing a ceramic coating.


    On the topic of using a polish that contains ceramic in it, currently these are more or less known as

    Primers


    The idea being for a product that,

    1. Removes fine defects - in other words is an actual fine cut or ultra fine cut polish.
    2. Somehow uses ingredients that will NOT affect the bonding of a true ceramic coating.
    3. Also LEAVES BEHIND ceramic coating as a part of the application process.




    That's a lot to ask from a single product, kind of like a traditional cleaner/wax or cleaner/sealant or AIO.

    I have tried a number of these that are on the market but have not entirely made the switch yet to use one of these as my last step polishing product before installing a coating. I'm looking forward to the future however as I expect to see the market move this direction.

    AND - this is a good thing because in my experience and opinion, I don't think most people, or at least the average person possess either the skills or enough microfiber towels that are in perfect condition to chemically strip paint. I probably have more factual information written on the process of chemically stripping paint than anyone breathing. It's not addressed in detail that I know of by all the experts and gurus, at least not like I address it.

    Simple point being, panel wipes or any solvent that is able to dissolve polishing oils and other substances is also NOT a great lubricant. Thus the act of chemically stripping paint is the act of marring paint. You might not see it on white or light colors but you can see it on black. And common sense states that if it's happening to black paint it's happening to all paint it's just the human eyeballs cannot easily see marring on light colors. Add to this most do-it-yourselfgers DON'T own great hand held lights so they can't inspect their work properly anyways.


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    Re: When to stop buffing - Or - How far should you go to remove swirls and scratches?

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    EDIT: Been reading up on this all morning, and may have answered my own question.

    I see there are some polishes that leave either an SIO2 base behind that you can apply the ceramic directly to (i.e. CarPro Essence). Not sure if I still skip wipe down but at even if I do wipe down at least it's against some sort of protection layer and not bare clear coat.

    OR there are polishes that are "prep polishes" that do the work of a polish, yet are water based and do not leave oils behind, thus eliminating the prep wipe down step (I see prep polishes from both DP and McKee's).

    I've heard the Griots creams leave behind more of a watery/milky residue behind rather than oily. So not sure if those would work like the prep polish, and I was planning to use Griot's. But I do see AG has the DP on sale, so perhaps I ought to just grab a bottle of that for the shelf since it's only $14 right now.

    First - I appreciate anyone that invests the time to educate themselves on this forum and this is one reason I always try my hardest to answer their questions in DETAIL. Pun intended.

    You have it close above - there are a few products on the market where the manufacturer claims after using their products you can go straight to applying their coating or other brands of coating without doing the step of CHEMICALLY STRIPPING THE PAINT.

    Besides a small handful of these types of product - ANY other compound, polish, paint cleaner or prep polish - you should plan on doing the step of chemically stripping the paint before applying a coating.


    Sorry for the late reply - technically I'm off work on vacation but I don't enjoy seeing new members (or any members), questions linger without answers.


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    Re: When to stop buffing - Or - How far should you go to remove swirls and scratches?

    More...


    See this recent thread,

    Prediction - More one-step cleaner/COATINGS or CCAIOS i.e. Ceramic Coating All-in-One type products


    Note in page 2 of the above thread I shared what I recently used on my own vehicle. See post #20



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    Re: When to stop buffing - Or - How far should you go to remove swirls and scratches?

    Appreciate the reply sir, especially being on vacation.

    I'm torn between the primers that leave a silica base (I.e. CarPro essence) and the primers that just leave a bare prepped surface (I.e. DP prep polish). To keep my limited shelf space simple, I'm leaning towards the DP product as it can essentially just be my go to polish for everything moving forward. A dedicated polish (not an AIO polish) will always be followed with a form of protection. Whether I decide to follow it with a wax, sealant, or ceramic doesn't matter. They all benefit from a clean oil free prepped surface. So by just using this as my go to polish (replacing my current M205 once it runs out, and I'd skip buying the Griots Boss perfecting cream then), its a win win for me as its still priced very reasonably, performs the job of a polish, and i essentially can forget about the chemical wipe down step which saves me time. And also saves me money as i don't need to purchase as much wipe down product (I.e. Eraser).

    The only real use I see for me for products like Essence is if i use them as part of a basic single step AIO service that leaves behind sio2 based protection which should outlast conventional AIO's I currently use such as D166 or Speed.

    Thanks again for the replies, it really helps newbies like myself who are trying to absorb all of this!

    EDIT:
    Once again I've been reading into this more quite a bit today. I think the plan I laid out above is flawed. These Prep Polishes appear to not be very abrasive and more so can polish out slight surface contaminates but any sort of actual minor swirl removal will be purely performed by the pad as these polishes are just not very abrasive at all. So probably not a great idea to think I can just switch over from M205 to this DP Prep Polish for my go to polishing cream. So for me, for now, I think I'll stick with my normal polishing regiment and just stick to a thorough chemical wipe down post polish, prior to coating/sealing/waxing. I understand it's not 'perfect' as it could introduce some new micro markings during that wipe down, but really at my level for now, I'm not going to over think it and will just keep it simple, and also just be aware of the risk of adding new scratches and just do my best being careful during the chemical wipe down step. As I get up there in experience and skill level, perhaps at that time I will review and alter my process. But for now at my level with basic off the shelf sealants, and basic level ceramic coatings (Standard CQuartz and CQuartz Lite), I think I'll be fine for now.

    Appreciate all the insight again!

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