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    As people have already stated, try and get a spare panel to practice on, it'll save you tearing your hair out when you've gone through the laquer
    When i first started painting, i had the luxury of polishing repairs on 40ft refrigerated trailers with no curves/swage lines!
    IMO the curves/swage lines are the easiest to burn through on if you're just learning

    As Binman says, keep it lubricated and keep it moving

    My polisher is only a cheap 6 speed jobby, but it's ideal for what i need, i usually have mine on setting 2 or 3, but just practice to see what's best for your polish

    You'll be surprised how quick you will pick it up


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    Quote Originally Posted by NealP View Post
    Btw, don't go for cheap pads like Silverline. They break down into dust (personal experience) and are pretty much no good.
    Good advice there, you should also note that the pads do tend to tear themselves apart if you run over things like washer jets or vents/grilles with them, could just be the cheapo ones I use though.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by binman View Post
    could just be the cheapo ones I use though.
    Or the high speed it travels when fully loaded with polish
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by binman View Post
    Good advice there, you should also note that the pads do tend to tear themselves apart if you run over things like washer jets or vents/grilles with them, could just be the cheapo ones I use though.
    No, it's the same even with the top quality ones


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    Thanks guys, the problem is that I don't have anything to try it out on before applying to my car!!!
     
     

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    What about a neighbour's car Only joking!

    Don't you know anyone local who always seems to be stripping/messing around with cars?
    Chances are, they'll have the odd panel stashed behind the garage, i know i have!
    Even if you end up parting with a bit of cash for a panel, it could save a lot of money/ball ache in the long run


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    Get yourself one of thesehttp://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/polish.../prod_520.html
    I got mine last week..Spent the weekend on the car..OK, i had never had any practice (probably not the best idea ) But its easy to use, and does an amazing job..I have no swirls anymore Its only a dual-action..but its not so easy to build up heat and fcuk your paintwork. But with abit of work (and a wee bit of practice on low down panels) its easy to pick up, and does a good job
     
     

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    You all are scarring the living daylights out of me I am reading up on the Rotary Polishing guide document to give me some idea of what is involved.

    The only friend I know with an old car sold it recently.

    I will post pics once I do the job or should that be if I do the job

    Thanks for all your input guys!!
     
     

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    Don't worry about it, just go easy, use plenty of water and start off by just letting the weight of the polisher do the work (don't press it down on to the panel). Do a couple of passes over the panel, rinse it off with clean water, dry it, give it a polish and have a look at the results. If there are still swirls then do another couple of passes and repeat the above. The aim is to do as little cutting with the compound as possible, you'll soon get the hang of it.

    I have the Silverline rotary polisher and use it on no.3 speed from what I remember (not sure if that helps). I also do each panel in sections, I'll do a bonnet by going from the windscreen to the headlights in 4 sections. I start on the drivers side and go a quarter of the way across with the blue pad and G3 then rinse it off, I then do the next quarter and rinse it off. Go round to the other side and do the same. I then dry the bonnet off and polish the whole lot. Inspect it and recompound if necessary.

    Not sure what others think but I reckon you'll need 2 or 3 pads to do the whole car. I don't bother with the lambs wool bonnet on the polisher and always do it by hand, not sure why just prefer to do it that way.

    As has been said the edges of panels and sharp swage lines generally have a thin coating of paint and the polisher will make short work of them. If you are worried about those bits do them by hand and leave the polisher for the flat bits.

    Where abouts in Essex are you?

    Good luck, let us know how it goes
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by derelman View Post
    You all are scarring the living daylights out of me I am reading up on the Rotary Polishing guide document to give me some idea of what is involved.

    The only friend I know with an old car sold it recently.

    I will post pics once I do the job or should that be if I do the job

    Thanks for all your input guys!!
    Lol @ scared I know the feeling, but better to be scared and more careful, than overconfident and reckless, incidentally Beemers are almost universally recognised as having quite hard paint.

    Have a look on ebay for a bmw wing, door etc, lets face it if you had to pay a £10/15 for a practice panel thats less than most decent polishes cost, and will be money very well spent, i've also started off with 80mm pads rather than the 150mm ones, again just until i gain some more confidence.

    Just a heads up about the lambswool bonnets though, these can have a far more aggressive cut than some of the softer pads so i'd resist the temptation to use one of those.
     
     

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