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    More or less aggressive?

    I'm in the process of detailing my Road Glide to get it ready for a coating (CQuartz). I thought I was in good shape till I put the paint light on it. What I'm running into is that, no matter what I try, I can't seem to get the swirls/RIDS/marks out of the Vivid Black section(s) on the fairing. The marks are only really visible when the light is on it.

    I've tried CCS foam pads: orange and white. I've also tried Meguiars microfiber pads: cutting and finishing. The compounds/polishes I've tried are: Meguiars D30016 Correction Compound and D30216 Polish, Blackfire Compound and Polish. I just can't seem to touch the marks - In fact, I may be making it worse.

    I definitely can't catch any of the 'marks' with a finger-nail. It feels pretty smooth actually. It's to the point where I thought it was under the paint. That was till I got desperate and picked up another fairing. That one is basically demonstrating the same behavior so it must be me.

    More or less aggressive?-vividblack-jpg

    At this point I'm kinda lost. Do I need to go more aggressive - i.e. heavy cutting pad or wet-sanding? Or less aggressive - finishing pad(s)?

    Any help is appreciated.
    CLS

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    Re: More or less aggressive?

    Quote Originally Posted by clsmith View Post

    I'm in the process of detailing my Road Glide to get it ready for a coating (CQuartz). I thought I was in good shape till I put the paint light on it. What I'm running into is that, no matter what I try, I can't seem to get the swirls/RIDS/marks out of the Vivid Black section(s) on the fairing. The marks are only really visible when the light is on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by clsmith View Post

    I've tried CCS foam pads: orange and white. I've also tried Meguiars microfiber pads: cutting and finishing. The compounds/polishes I've tried are: Meguiars D30016 Correction Compound and D30216 Polish, Blackfire Compound and Polish. I just can't seem to touch the marks - In fact, I may be making it worse.
    I'm going to guess super soft paint.

    And just to note, when it comes to super soft paint - even the PADS can cause micro-marring.



    Quote Originally Posted by clsmith View Post

    At this point I'm kinda lost.

    Do I need to go more aggressive - i.e. heavy cutting pad or wet-sanding?

    Or less aggressive - finishing pad(s)? <-- this

    You need to get LESS aggressive.

    Try the BLACKFIRE Polish with a foam finishing pad of a foam waxing pad.

    100% avoid microfiber pads as the fibers are a form of abrasive.


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    Re: More or less aggressive?

    Here's two recent cars I detailed where the paint was so soft I CORRECTED THE PAINT - using SOFT FOAM FINISHING PADS.

    In other words, I removed ALL the swirls and scratches using ONLY very soft foam finishing pads.


    Here's a 1996 black Porsche I detailed that had the original black basecoat/clearcoat paint and IT was super soft.

    Original BASECOAT/CLEARCOAT paint - 1996 Porsche 993





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    Trying to use one level of cut higher than a foam finishing pad, i.e. a foam "polishing" pad, the PAD left marring in the paint.



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    Re: More or less aggressive?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Phillips View Post
    ...You need to get LESS aggressive.

    Try the BLACKFIRE Polish with a foam finishing pad of a foam waxing pad.

    100% avoid microfiber pads as the fibers are a form of abrasive.


    Thanks Mike, I really appreciate the advice! This actually gives me hope as I'm not sure I would've been brave enough to go the more aggressive route.
    CLS

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