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    Re: Microfiber pads - your experience?

    I am with Guz on recommending the Rupes yellow wool - great pads.

    I have been using MF pads since Meg's brought out their MF cutting and finishing pads + the matching polishes. I spoke with Mike...
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    Re: Spray wax vs detailers recommendations

    A detail spray is just for shine, while a spray wax will have some protection. With the advances in technology the spray waxes are lasting longer and longer.
    I have not tried the spray waxes you...
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    Re: Need 7" polisher suggestion

    Could be, I have the GG 6" that the PC wrench worked for, but not as thin as the GG one.
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    Re: Need 7" polisher suggestion

    Here is the one AutoGeek sells - it will work for a GG machine: Flat Wrench
  5. Re: Finally investing in my own polishing equipment.

    I am going to suggest a different route - start with the Rupes polishes and pads combinations, then see if you need to add other brands/products. Thier stuff is not cheap, but works great together. ...
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    Re: The Season of Discontent is upon us...

    The flip side is it is finally CAR SHOW season in Florida! It is way too hot from May thru September to enjoy a full day car show, but we have plans to take the 1912 race car to a concours in the...
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    Re: Help! I made a bit of a mess with a Bigfoot

    I am with Michael on this. After talking with Jason Rose at Mobile Tech Expo in early 2020 I tried the Rupes yellow wool and DA Fine compound. I was amazed at how quickly it corrected swirls, and...
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    Re: Road Paint Removal

    I have had good luck removing paint with XENIT cleaner.
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    Re: spot strip washing

    You can do a rinseless or waterless wash on that section, then use a coating prep cleaner (I like the Otimum one) to remove anything left.

    Also, leaving some sections of the car unprotected for a...
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    Re: Post your vacuum cleaner

    I have a Metro Vac N'Blo, with 2 6' hoses. I purchased the less expensive Hand Vac from another site, and then got a call asking it I would like a returned Vac N'Blo for the same price (around $70)...
  11. Re: Preventing Swirls and Scratches on Soft Black Paint

    Mostly rinseless washes, with an occasional foam gun/2BM wash. I quit trying to chase the swirls and just kept it clean (mostly). But I don't have to do that any more, as an impaired driver totaled...
  12. Re: Preventing Swirls and Scratches on Soft Black Paint

    I know that feeling - my black Frontier would scratch from a hard look.

    I would suggest adding Grit Guard(s), and making it a 2, 3, or 4 bucket wash. The more you clean the mitt, the less chance...
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    Re: What Polisher should I get? curvy panels

    Like others have said - go to a Flex forced rotation.
    I have a Rupes 15 MKII and a Rupe Mini, and they always worked fine...until I did a few Porsche cars & SUVs. The curves stalled the 15, so I...
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    Re: Good Luck Yancy!

    I was lucky enough to meet and chat with Yancy at several Detail Fest cocktail hours (he was too busy to talk during the actual event!). Best of luck to you moving forward!
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    Re: Transportable Cordless Polisher

    Yes, I have their 16v rotary and a new d/a. The rotary is fantastic for headlights and small areas, and I picked up their flex shaft polisher use with it.
    I have only used the d/a twice, once...
  16. Re: Meguiars Headlight Coating - innitial application results.

    All the coating folks I spoke to at Mobile Tech Expo about this said you need to remove the factory coating (usually requires sanding it off) to get the best results on headlights.
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    Re: Removing Insects After/Wax

    I just soak the bugs with my wash solution - take some thin MF towels and dunk them in the wash solution (car wash soap or rinseless) until they are very wet. Now drape the towels over the 'buggy'...
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    Re: How to remove tree sap

    I have used gel hand sanitizer to remove pine tree sap - The alcohol helps dissolve the sap.
    Just apply a big blog, let it sit for a few seconds and wipe the area with your finger. Keep working...
  19. Re: Detailing Classes at Southern Detailing Conference - Lexington, Kentucky

    Safe travels Mike! I know from experience that anyone that attends your class will not leave without gaining some knowledge. Hope to see you at MTE 2022.
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    Re: Nano: luxury or very useful

    There are other 'cordless micro polishers' available waaay below the Rupes price point (I have a rotary and a DA version). The rotary is fantastic for doing headlights, but am planning other uses...
  21. Re: 1972 Cutlass - Wet-sanded and Ceramic Coated - PBL Diamond Paint Coating

    Great write up from Mike and follow-up info from John!

    My sister-in-laws 66 GTO clone had these pigtails in the paint. I tried for a long time to get them out before realizing they were in the...
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    Re: Best Paint Prep Solution?

    I would recommend Tide Free and Gentle liquid for this. I soak my sealant pads in a small tub (I found some food containers that are just big enough to hold a 5.5" pad) - add enough to cover the top...
  23. Re: Controlling pigment removal using Mirror Glaze #7 - 1953 MG

    Wow johnnyo, great work!
    Thank you for this writeup, and all your hard work. So much good information here from the original poster and contributors.

    I have a client/friend that likes pre-war...
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    Re: Struggling getting results using LHR15 MK3

    The Menzerna polishes can 'eat' the Rupes pads. I tried an aggressive Menzerna polish with the Rupes blue foam pad for headlights, and mentioned to Dylan that I was seeing bits of the pads coming...
  25. Re: What is your favorite microfiber towel for waterless MAINTENANCE wash?

    For cleaning/damp wipe The Rag Company 16x16 Creature Edgeless

    For drying The Rag Company 16x16 FTW Premium Twist Loop
    or Griots Garage ...
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