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    Hey Guys,
    I am about to get a polishing machine and was wondering if you guys have any tips for me before I use it. It is a six speed machine 1200 watts nothing fancy, but what is the best speed to set it on? What size head is best to use and for what situations:125mm-150mm-180mm?

    There are some minor scratches I want to work on, I know these will require higher speeds. This will be my first attempt at using a machine and I wouldn't want to mess it up with holograms.

    Thanks for your help.
     
     

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    Rotary or dual action polisher?
     
     

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    I think its Rotary NealP
     
     

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    I think the best tip I can think of is to get a spare panel, wing, boot etc to have a play with first, its something i'm just getting into, i just bought a cheapie silverline rotary polisher and 3 lake country pads of varying degrees.

    I have to say its surprising how quickly you can build up a lot of heat in a panel, its also surprising just how much "pull" a rotary can give, and thats coming from someone who's used to chucking a tile cutting petrol stihl saw about on a roof, i've yet to go anywhere near my car with the rotary, and i wont until i'm sure i know a bit more about what i'm doing. Polishes need to be broken down and worked in order to get the best out of them and it takes time to get used to.

    Having said all that its well worth giving it a go, its quite rewarding to scour an onld panel with wire wool and then try and get rid of the marks.

    There's a very good guide thats superbly written and well worth reading here


    http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/foru...ad.php?t=66024


    you can download it as a pdf.
     
     

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    That's the guide I was following a couple of months back ...OP, make sure you get a light cutting polish if you are doing this for the first time
     
     

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    Farecla G3 lubed with plenty of water from a spray bottle and the blue polishing heads have always worked well for me. It can make a hell of a mess though, keep washing the stray polish flicked around by the polisher away with a bucket of water and a sponge. You'll know when the panel is drying out as the polisher will start 'grabbing'.

    As others have said see if you can get a spare panel to practice on and be aware that is won't take long at all for the polisher to cut through the clearcoat and get down to the base.

    By the way they do the polishing heads in screwfix http://www.screwfix.com/cats/A360217...eral-Polishing
     
     

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    Thanks NealP. I plan to use Menzerna PO85RD3.02 Intensive Polish), and one lighter cutting polish (for example Menzerna Final Finish).

    To tell you the truth I am not sure if it is rotary, I plan to use this before going on to something professional. What do you think? Do you knowif it is Rotary or Dual Action?

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Best-Polishe...2937628&sr=8-5
     
     

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    Thanks Binman! Whats the significance of the different colour pads?
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by derelman View Post
    Thanks Binman! Whats the significance of the different colour pads?
    No problem, they are different 'hardness' if you look at the link to amazon you posted a bit further down they sell the pads and there is a description about what they should be used for.

    I think they go

    White - Hardest
    Blue - Medium
    Red - Soft
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by derelman View Post
    Thanks NealP. I plan to use Menzerna PO85RD3.02 Intensive Polish), and one lighter cutting polish (for example Menzerna Final Finish).

    To tell you the truth I am not sure if it is rotary, I plan to use this before going on to something professional. What do you think? Do you knowif it is Rotary or Dual Action?

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Best-Polishe...2937628&sr=8-5
    That is a rotary machine . Btw, don't go for cheap pads like Silverline. They break down into dust (personal experience) and are pretty much no good. Try something like Meguiars W8006 which is what I ended up buying for medium to light polishing . Your compounds are an excellent choice...go for Menzerna 203S as your final finish.
     
     

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