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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

    183 55.62%
  • Tool

    10 3.04%
  • Pad

    8 2.43%
  • Paint

    42 12.77%
  • Abrasive technology

    86 26.14%
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    Re: POLL - What's the number one most important factor when it comes to polishing paint?

    Here's the link to the most recent class I taught,


    Pictures: Autogeek’s Roadshow Class with PRAXIS Detailing in Auburn, Indiana


    15 strangers and 10 cars in 2 days. Each car came out perfect. As in swirl-free and MICRO-MARR-FREE results.

    Different tools. Different pads. And VASTLY different technique.


    The one thing they all had in common is I only bring products to my classes that use great abrasive technology.


    I get it that typically guys think technique is the most important factor when it comes to polishing paint. In my opinion that's because most detailers tend to be ego-driven, a tick on the alpha-male side. So of course they think it's all about them.

    But I've been taking people that have ZERO technique, first-timers and when using great abrasive technology they get PRO results their first time and every time.


    It's really about what's touching the paint first. It even makes common sense.



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

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Phillips View Post
    Of course technique is important and vital. Now days you can learn technique from a single YouTube video as long as the person talking and running the buffer knows what they are doing and can adequately "speak" to explain what to do.

    But it ALL starts with what is TOUCHING the paint and technique does not touch the paint.


    A few weeks ago I perfected a black demo hood, one that I have painted by the same painter since moving to Florida 10 years ago. The same type of paint that I use to test all kinds of compounds, polishes and cleaner/waxes for other companies and internally, and I'm pretty good at this type of stuff.

    Look at the pictures. No amount of technique is EVER going to make the two products I used "work".




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    Thank you for the correction Mike. Always learning on here.

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

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

    From when this poll has started till now, there are so many companies that have polishes and compounds!

    For a beginner, looking to find out what is indeed a quality compound or polish may be a bit overwhelming. It’s one reason I still think the forums are great. Ask questions, look around and do some research before you purchase anything. You can educate yourself on these forums and make only one purchase rather then buying and finding out a product is junk after the fact!
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    Re: POLL - What's the number one most important factor when it comes to polishing paint?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Oldz View Post

    From when this poll has started till now, there are so many companies that have polishes and compounds!
    That's true and its' a good thing.

    Sometimes I see or read or hear people complain that it's hard to choose something, (polisher, compound, wax, etc.), because there are SO MANY OPTIONS!


    But it used to be people complained because there were too few options.

    Me? I would rather have too many options than just a few.



    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Oldz View Post

    For a beginner, looking to find out what is indeed a quality compound or polish may be a bit overwhelming.
    Totally agree and it's hard to know if Brand X is any good without using it of finding out from someone that knows the good, the bad and the ugly.


    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Oldz View Post

    It’s one reason I still think the forums are great.

    Ask questions, look around and do some research before you purchase anything. You can educate yourself on these forums and make only one purchase rather then buying and finding out a product is junk after the fact!

    Agree.


    Plus with the forum interface, you can format text and insert pictures, videos, links in a linear manner that makes it a lot easier for the human brain to take in versus how information is presented via other social media platforms.



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

    Forums also let you interact (publicly & privately) with people that have your interest in mind.

    Not trolls who are intent on being know-it-alls, and demeaning people for simply being new to the hobby.
    It is no coincidence that man's best friend cannot talk.

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