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Old 03-15-2011, 08:29 PM   #26
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Oh, btw. Silver hides a LOT of swirl marks. Best to practice on a darker colour. Black and red are ideal.
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Old 03-16-2011, 03:42 PM   #27
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Get your stuff from ken

I've been using Menzerna Super Intensive Polish, Menzerna micropolish, sealant + P21S carnauba for first time jobs, and subsequent seasons followed up with menzerna power finish + sealant + P21S
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Old 03-20-2011, 06:26 PM   #28
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You're right on the aggressiveness - orange (polish mid cut) -> white (polish light cut) ->black (wax)

My Acura is also black. My current combo is Menzerna SIP for mild swirls, etc. Optimum Polish for light swirls. Four Star Ultimate Paint Protection for a sealant.

I've also just picked up some Megs M105 for anything that SIP can't handle and Blackfire Wet Diamond for sealant since my FS UPP was pretty much all done.

If he's already got some product, might as well use that then since the stuff lasts forever.
I'm also a fan of Optimum Polish. I usually use Optimum Compound on an orange pad, and then Optimum Polish & Optimum Poli-Seal 50/50 on a blue or white pad, seal with P2IS S100.
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Old 03-20-2011, 07:10 PM   #29
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I'm also a fan of Optimum Polish. I usually use Optimum Compound on an orange pad, and then Optimum Polish & Optimum Poli-Seal 50/50 on a blue or white pad, seal with P2IS S100.
It also dusts a lot less than most other compounds and is pretty cheap compared to other products. I've used Optimum Compound as well but found it didn't have enough cutting power so I got a bottle of the Menzerna SIP for the tough stuff. However, SIP dusts like there's no tomorrow but does a pretty good job. Alternatively, I guess I could have got the Hyper Compound for something with a bit more bite.
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It also dusts a lot less than most other compounds and is pretty cheap compared to other products. I've used Optimum Compound as well but found it didn't have enough cutting power so I got a bottle of the Menzerna SIP for the tough stuff. However, SIP dusts like there's no tomorrow but does a pretty good job. Alternatively, I guess I could have got the Hyper Compound for something with a bit more bite.
Give the hyper compound a shot. If the paint still doesn't budge...it should probably be handled by a true pro with a rotary polisher.
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Give the hyper compound a shot. If the paint still doesn't budge...it should probably be handled by a true pro with a rotary polisher.
True...I'll probably give Hyper Compound a shot once I've finished with the bottle of SIP. I'm pretty happy with the finish that Super Intensive Polish gives - I just wasn't used to the dusting after using Optimum's products for so long.
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Menz Power Finish is very low dusting and combined with the right pad, will offer the same cut and a better finish than SIP.
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Ok, with the Revscene meet fast approaching, I need to get off my ass and polish/wax the car.

It's a black (Integra) car, so even though the paint isn't too bad, it's still pretty easy to see the fine swirl marks in direct sunlight, etc.

What would you guys recommend? There is nothing better than that 'wet' look/deep gloss finish. I normally use AG Super Resin polish (by hand, fml) followed by the the AG Extra Gloss protection. Usually gives me a decent result, but I want MOAR!

On the plus side, my Dad has the Porter Cable 7424XP, and I will give it a try this time around. I know he has a few different pads he bought with it as well.

What products/steps do you suggest?

first use dish soap, lots of bubbles and soap
rinse the car without spraying.
dry the car with a few towels
let it dry in the garage if you can for an hour or even overnight ( not required )


then meguirs swirl remover, put lots on the cloth it will reduce the paint taken off. (miniscule dont worry just do it but not every time you wax)
If your paint is old and you've never used cut then I'd do this two more coats and I guarnentee you'll be amazed!

then meguires machine glaze ( I would pit this against anything but it doesn't last )
finally, any kind of yellow wax to help seal the glaze to help it last.

The porter cable dual polisher is good but only if it is a dual polisher model never use a drill. if you dont have a machine my tips is to use a entire tower to apply and remove the wax. Using a tiny cloth is stuipid and you will damage your paint, you want cushion and even distribution of pressure. Using a whole towel on removal is in my opinion crutial. The towel absorbs the wax very quickly you need a lot of surface cloth to do this properly and to take it down to the thinnest layer. This will also save you a ton of time.

when applying don't be anal about getting some wax in the corners, you can clean that out once it dries and use a proper foam brush at lordco.
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