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Thread: Sunset Red VW Polo - Detailed by Lawrence

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    Re: Sunset Red VW Polo - Detailed by Lawrence

    Quote Originally Posted by h8dirtycars View Post
    Was this what you used for the pillars a well?

    Thanks
    Correct. For the B-pillars it was correction with PF2300 / Orange hybrid pads and refining was done with Essence on a black hybrid pad

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    Re: Sunset Red VW Polo - Detailed by Lawrence

    Quote Originally Posted by lawrenceSA View Post
    Correct. For the B-pillars it was correction with PF2300 / Orange hybrid pads and refining was done with Essence on a black hybrid pad
    Thanks very much. Essence Plus or Essence Xtreme Gloss Enhancer? And usually its stated that you should start with the least aggressive method. Would you consider just using Megs Swirl X first, and if that didn't do the trick, then move on to the Menzerna and CarPro? And the hybrid pads are Lake Country? Obviously I'm a newbie and trying to learn and get all info I can before starting.
    Sorry for the additional questions.

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    Re: Sunset Red VW Polo - Detailed by Lawrence

    Quote Originally Posted by h8dirtycars View Post
    Thanks very much. Essence Plus or Essence Xtreme Gloss Enhancer? And usually its stated that you should start with the least aggressive method. Would you consider just using Megs Swirl X first, and if that didn't do the trick, then move on to the Menzerna and CarPro? And the hybrid pads are Lake Country? Obviously I'm a newbie and trying to learn and get all info I can before starting.
    Sorry for the additional questions.
    Firstly, never apologize for asking questions - its how we (myself included) all learn. I'm more than happy to try and help answer where I can.

    It was Essence Extreme Gloss Enhancer - my understanding is Essence Plus is designed for surfaces that have already been coated with a ceramic coating. - 'normal' Essence essentially acts as a very nice refining polish (my previous 'go-to' for these pillars was Menzerna SF4000) that is VERY easy to wipe off, and with these pillars being so soft and suceptible to marring, the easier wipe off really helps.

    Starting with the least aggressive method first is paramount in ensuring you do not remove more clear coat than is necessary. So if you were tackling a set for the first time, you could start with a very gently polish (like Essence) and see what that does. If it removes sufficient below the surface defects then you are done. If you want more defect removal, you up the aggressiveness of your combo (pad/polish/pressure/machine speed/arm speed/working area size) - you would essentially keep getting more aggressive until you saw you were removing enough of the swirls. But, as you get more aggressive, you leave more 'marring' from the aggressive combo behind, leaving the paint 'hazy' and so you would then need to come back to refine the finish with a very gentle polish (like essence).

    Swirl X is MORE aggressive than Essence so it wouldn't be my starting point when conducting a test spot.

    If you had to think of the aggressiveness scale running from left being least aggressive and right being the most, then you start your test spot at the left and keep going right until enough of the defects have been removed (to YOUR satisfaction). Generally the more right you land up along the scale, the more likely you need to go back your very left to refine the finish - hope that makes sense.

    Edited to add in : Yes, the Hybrids are the Lake Country Hybrids designed for the Flex 3401

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    Re: Sunset Red VW Polo - Detailed by Lawrence

    excellent work as always lawrence!

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    Re: Sunset Red VW Polo - Detailed by Lawrence

    Excellant write up and photos too.

    I'm always learning a thing or two after reading your posts!

    I hope to be good as you are some day!

    Tom

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    Re: Sunset Red VW Polo - Detailed by Lawrence

    Quote Originally Posted by VISITOR View Post
    excellent work as always lawrence!
    Tha

    Quote Originally Posted by TMQ View Post
    Excellant write up and photos too.

    I'm always learning a thing or two after reading your posts!

    I hope to be good as you are some day!

    Tom
    Thank you for your kind words Tom - they are truly appreciated!

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