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    Re: Review: BLACKFIRE One-Step Cleaner/Wax by Mike Phillips

    I'm going to put this hear because it seems to be an appropriate spot. Please move if I am wrong. How would BF One step work with Lake Country Microfiber Polishing pads?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skier404 View Post

    How would BF One step work with Lake Country Microfiber Polishing pads?

    It will work great.

    BUT - if you're working on soft paint the FIBERS of the microfiber pads will scratch the paint. I call this,

    Pad Haze



    Another word if using any type of orbital polisher, (free spinning or gear-driven), would be micro-marring.

    And if using any type of fiber pad on a rotary - this scratch pattern is called holograms.


    What you're supposed to do before buffing out an entire car is called..... drum roll......



    TEST SPOT



    Do a Test Spot, this will tell show you the results from the pad, product, tool and your technique. If it looks GREAT - then repeat the Test Spot process over the rest of the car. If it looks like cr*p - then test something else.



    Great question!



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    It will work great.


    What you're supposed to do before buffing out an entire car is called..... drum roll......



    TEST SPOT



    Do a Test Spot, this will tell show you the results from the pad, product, tool and your technique. If it looks GREAT - then repeat the Test Spot process over the rest of the car. If it looks like cr*p - then test something else.



    Great question!




    Always have to do this!!!

    I have a FLEX CBEAST and a porter cable. Looking at LC microfiber polishing pad with BLACKFIRE One Step combination to do a 30' travel trailer in the spring. I had a typo when ordering pads a while back. Wanted 1 pad to try ended up with 10...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skier404 View Post

    to do a 30' travel trailer in the spring.

    What is the surface for this travel trailer?

    Paint?
    Gelcoat?
    Something else?


    If it's gel-coat you can probably get always with microfiber pads.

    But like paint - do a Test Spot.

    That's a lot of real-estate to have to do over if you don't get it right the first time.


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    What is the surface for this travel trailer?

    Paint?
    Gelcoat?
    Something else?


    If it's gel-coat you can probably get always with microfiber pads.

    But like paint - do a Test Spot.

    That's a lot of real-estate to have to do over if you don't get it right the first time.


    It is painted Fiberglass. I will have to do probably 4 test spots (one for each side) to be on the safe side because the oxidation level varies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skier404 View Post
    It is painted Fiberglass. I will have to do probably 4 test spots (one for each side) to be on the safe side because the oxidation level varies.
    If the paint is truly oxidized (chalky/powdery looking) you might consider giving it the "Comet Cleanser" treatment before attempting to polish with the AIO. That will remove most of the dead paint before you ever put your pad to the paint and will help your pad go much farther as the pad will not get so gummed/loaded up as quickly.

    As already stated... if you go this route be sure to do a test spot. One other suggestion - do the test spot in one of the worse areas. If your process works there it will work for the entire vehicle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skier404 View Post

    It is painted Fiberglass.

    Then treat like paint. The underlying substrate has not effect on your polishing process except for heat retention and heat dissipation. Fiberglass tends to hold heat but this won't or shouldn't be a factor if using any type or brand or orbital.


    Because you say it's oxidized - this would likely mean SINGLE STAGE paint.

    Is it white? If so - white single stage paint tends to be the hardest paint there is to work on. I explain why in post #4 here,


    Barn Find - 1950 Pontiac Chieftain Deluxe Convertible - Extreme Paint Correction


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    Quote Originally Posted by 2black1s View Post

    If the paint is truly oxidized (chalky/powdery looking) you might consider giving it the "Comet Cleanser" treatment before attempting to polish with the AIO. That will remove most of the dead paint before you ever put your pad to the paint and will help your pad go much farther as the pad will not get so gummed/loaded up as quickly.


    Agree.


    Here's how to use the Comet Technique


    The COMET Technique by Mike Phillips - 1965 Cadillac - Original Single Stage Paint - Slam job by Mike Phillips


    The COMET Technique for oxidized single stage paint





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    Thanks for the Help!!! When the snow is gone here the work begins.

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    Hi Mike I applied BF one step one time about 2 months ago....my machine....and I am happy using....can I use it like every 2 months

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