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Evening everyone,

I've just bought myself a machine polisher. I havent bought a super duper brand if I'm honest, but the it seemed good value and its arrived today and actually looks really good quality. It's a Ferrex and is sold with a 3 years warranty.

Im not new to machine polishing, I worked in a body shop for a few years when i left school in 2002. Back then i used big thick polishing pads with G3 that allowed for a fair bit of error. The new buffer has arrived with a wool pad with only a small amount of padding and a foam pad with a fair bit of padding. What is the sequence of them? Wool 1st and foam after or vice versa. I have been looking at other pads and they dont appear a lot different to what I have. But I'm open to suggested products etc.

Thanks in advance

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It is a fairly low speed machine I think - 3000 rpm max?

 

Even with the low speed I would avoid the wool pad unless you are after a major correction.  I would (and have) the hexlogic pads and Meguires Pro 105 Ultra Cut with a medium or heavy polishing pad - if you need a lot of correction then you need to look at the cutting pads. Finishing with Megs 205 with the appropriate pads.

 

If you are anywhere near Huntingdon I have a lifetime supply of the 105 and you are welcome to some - I was sent a gallon by mistake.



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This lot should sort you out - 

 

https://www.cleanyou...ra-cut-compound

 

https://www.cleanyou...inishing-polish

 

https://www.cleanyou...cutting-pad-6-5

 

https://www.cleanyou...lishing-pad-6-5

 

https://www.cleanyou...nishing-pad-6-5


Edited by Evil Diesel, 15 April 2020 - 07:26 PM.


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Excellent! Thankyou. Would I need all the pads? Or just one?

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You need a range of pads.  You also need to then think about the pad / polish mix. Heavy correction - cutting pad and aggressive polish, minor correction polishing pad with cutting polish - in either scenario finishing pad with fine polish.


Edited by Evil Diesel, 16 April 2020 - 07:58 AM.


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I've spoken to the company you've linked who have suggested Menzerna because Meguiars is out of stock. Do you have any opinions or experiences of this brand?

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Menzerna is decent stuff too. Go over to detailing world - there are some useful guides to machine polishing over there.  Here is one for example -https://www.detailin...ead.php?t=63859



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Thanks Evil.I called over to CYC on my lunch break from work. It was only 20 minutes away. I went with Menzerna purely because it was in stock. I was recommended an Orange and White pad and the 400 and 3500 products. I've had a read of that link too. Who knew it was such a complex process. Thank you for all your help 🙃

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No worries mate - take it slow and look forward to the results!



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Omg! Mezerna 400 and 3500 is unreal 😍 Just done my 1st panel with the 3500. It looks brand new 😱

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Come on, get those photos posted!  :D



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I did the GTD a couple of weeks back.
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I'm done for today. I've been at it since 11am. Excuse the all black wheels. I refurbished them last weekend and just waiting on the lacquer to cure before I re add the silver outers. I've tried to get angles that show the best shine but the pictures dont do it justice. I'm massively impressed with Menzerna. I've just done a stage 3 with carnuba wax by Meguiars.

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Looking good mate  :)



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This one is my favourite 😍

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Great work! 



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The everything was going so well with the polishing of the alloys... 3rd pic is a killer. Wasnt concentrating and grabbed the 400 rather than 3500 Mezerna 😡

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Oh dear


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It is just going to be a bit of work with the fine polish - I wouldn't worry about it.  Its not like we have anything else to do.

 

Spent nearly 2 hours working on the exhaust tips yesterday (surprising amount of tar on top of them) - like I said - nothing else to do...



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Think you've missed it Evil. The 2 white spots on the 3rd pic is the primer 🙈 I went through the lacquer and paint. I'm just repainting now. I have Evil, I have 2 days rest before I'm back in work. I'm front line staff, you see. I teach nurses 'medical stuff'. This was supposed to be relaxing, its driving me mad 🤣




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