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Old 01-27-2019, 10:03 PM
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Hello, sorry for asking something that has probably been asked a million times. I bought a lemans blue C6 few months ago. I just ordered a random orbital buffer just now. Have couple questions. I have small swirls to fix but they’re not too bad. I want to fix that and have the best mirror shine possible. Can I use 1 kind of polish or do I need to get a swirl fix and then use a polish to shine? Whatever it is what is best for mirror like shine with using the buffer? Sorry for long winded thread just want to make sure I cover all bases. Thanks!
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I own a Inferno Orange 2012 Grand Sport that had 19k miles when I bought it.....
Overall a very nice car....but it did have a lot of fine scratches and tiny chips in the clear coat...

I have a Porter Cable 7424 XP Orbital.....Ive had my best results using Meguairs M100 on a Meg's 6" Micro Fiber Pad.
I recently bought a 3" Backing Plate and 3" Micro Fiber Pads as you can more easily get into around tighter areas

I then finish my polishing with Meg's 205 on a White Foam pad and then use Black Fire Sealant and Im getting into
using Black Fire SiO2 Sealant. Read and their detailing Forum for TONS of info.

Im also using 3" 3M TriZact 5000 grit Foam Backed discs in my correction work

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Adams polishes/waxes for me! Check out their website for some fantastic car care products
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Originally Posted by Ladensack3 View Post
Can I use 1 kind of polish or do I need to get a swirl fix and then use a polish to shine?
a) It really depends on how bad/deep the "swirl marks" truly are, and how hard your clearcoat is. For example, when I purchased my C5Z, it only had 25K miles on it and was in extremely good condition. While the paint only had what looked like very fine swirl marks in the paint, the hard clearcoat required using a cutting compound with microfiber cutting pads followed by a finishing polish on foam pads to remove them. b) I have found that what are marketed as "swirl removers" are usually just mild to moderate finishing polishes. Most of them will finish down pretty well without the need for a finer polish afterwards. For example, I successfully corrected a friend's car suffering from lots of surface scuffs and swirl marks using just Lake Country white polishing pads and some 3D "HD Speed" all-in-one. It finished perfectly and I didn't need to use anything milder.

Whatever it is what is best for mirror like shine with using the buffer?
There really is no "best". There are many good products available, and some work better for different paints, and when applied using different pads. However, if you want a "mirror shine", you will likely have to use a couple different polishes and pads, and step down in aggression. I was able to get my car's paint about as shiny as I could using my 7424XP and 5.5" pads, but I did quite a few steps to get there, and I tried quite a few different products along the way. Current condition of my car was achieved using:

Microfiber cutting pads and 3D "HD Cut Plus" compound
Green foam polishing pads and Poorboy's World "SSR-1".
Blue foam polishing pads and Poorboy's World "Pro Polish".
Black foam finishing pads and Poorboy's World "Black Hole" show glaze.
Red foam finishing pads and Collinite 845 base sealant/wax
Red foam hand applicators and Griot's Garage "Best Of Show" topper wax

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Fyrarms said it pretty well. You should start from a least aggressive method and a test spot. Gauge the type of correction/finish you would like to achieve from the test spot. Also note that you have an finite amount of clear coat to work with.
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It's important that you seal,wax or ceramic after you polish the paint for protection. Whichever method you choose.
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3D/HD One is a relatively new product, level of cut determined by pad. It's a nice, easy to use product, a bit oily on wipeoff.

May wanna try w/ an orange Lake Country Flat Pad or Thin Pro Pad to see if it will get your swirls out. Can then switch to a softer pad like LC White to refine a bit.

If doing whole car and wanna do it all in one shot, best to have about 5-6 of each type of pad so no need to stop, clean and dry in the middle of everything. If your defects are deeper than that, Megs D300 w/ their microfiber cutting pads work pretty well, outcut Megs M101 w/ a yellow LC Foam pad on our black C5. Once you get into heavier stuff, microfiber pads better than heavy cutting foam...generally.

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Ok I was thinking of going with Adams correcting polish then going with finishing polish followed by a good wax. Is this a good method on a lemans blue 2006 vette with minor swirls?
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