With the GTALX meet coming up has me a bit paranoid.. Reason ? Well my scratches (paint swirls) ARE TERRIBLE!!! The paint on my sons 03 van looks twice as good parked beside my car...
He bought a little red, round wax/detail ball from Mothers that goes in a drill (I havent used it yet)
What steps should I follow.. and what kind of wax do I use.... ? Is Mcguires Compound wax better than Mothers products ?
Thanks, want to get her done by May 26 (the meet)
Mothers clay bar. And right after your done buff it with a random orbital buffer from turtle wax ($30.00) with mothers wax. The thick real wax and your inferno red will look amazing. My last car was inferno red and I always got compliments.
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That round red ball is NNOOOOOOTT intended for use on paint dude!!!!!!! It's meant for polishing wheels. Not even close to the proper tool or method for polishing paint. Whew, thank God you didn't do that.....
Claybar doesn't remove swirls, but it does prep the paint for polishing. If you'd like to talk detailing the CORRECT way, and have somebody give you legitimate advice about what does what, and how to get the results you're after, then PM me your phone number and I'll call you tomorrow. Id be glad to help you out.
I can't wait to see the replies that come in this thread.......
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Clay bar took my swirls out....I guess it doesn't on all paints but it sure did my inferno red.
Clay does not remove swirls. It removes contaminants on the paint like tar, bug pieces, sap, & iron. If you used a wax after, that consealed the swirls or the detailer that you used with the clay consealed the swirls. The only thing that removes swirls, or lessens the effect of them is a fine polish.
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And to the op, machine polishing is going to be your best bet, and that is with a real DA polisher like the Griot's Garage 6" or Porter Cable 7424XP. In conjunction with polishing pads and polishes. You will get a million answers, but you're only going to do it right by reading on the right technique and trying it yourself. Product choice is purely subjective and most professionals could use an over the counter polish and smoke an expensive one in the hands of someone who isn't. Watch the junkmans videos, do a simple search on an actual detailing forum like autogeek.net's, detailersbliss, autopia.org, etc. There are plenty of right answers out there [but a lot of wrong ones, be careful and look in the right places].
x2, no red ball on paint!
as others have said claybaring doesnt remove swirls.
meguiars has plenty of videos and products to help get the job done. they even have an 1-800-347-5700 to give advise
find something you like and keep using it
Blow it up and trailer it home!!