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Old 10-05-2005, 09:52 PM
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First time buffing

Well the car is finally all painted. The spoiler had to be redone because of some adhesion problems. Anyway car is all in paint and I started Buffing the spoiler.

I used 1500 grit on an orbital sander then 3000 grit and it was almost starting to shine by the time I started buffing.

I used the Gmop kit to buff with started with #3 compound then went to #10 compound.

I am not sure how you know when to stop buffing with each grit. What do you look for when you are buffing. Do you put the compound on and buff it until it shines and the compound is gone or should you keep compound on it at all times and wipe off the excess when you think you have buffed it enough.

All in all it seems to be going pretty good I am happy with the results thus far other than some swirl marks that I gues should come out with glazing process. Is glazing compound just to remove the swirl marks from Buffing?
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I am not an expert on buffing, but have had alot of practice lately. What I use is a white foam pad with the compound. Buff until I get a good shine and the compound is gone. I have had no experience with swirl marks that way. Of course that would depend on hiw much and what kind of compound you are using too. There are alot of opinions on this subject too.

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Turn your buffer at a slower rpm when you start using the first stage of compound and increase pressure as the compound quits cutting. Do one small section at a time and buff untill your sanding scratches are gone. Then wash the piece, change your pad and go over the surface with a polish. Then you can use a glaze as the final step. That's the basics.
Some swirl mark removers are abrasive like a polish while others are just a glaze. You need to remove the swirl marks with the fine abrasive action of a polish first before going to a glaze. A Glaze is for filling imperfections and applies a temporary coating to the surface similar to wax but designed for fresh paint-don't fill your swirl marks with a glaze or they will show up later.

Compound-cut untill the scratches are gone
Polish-cut untill the swirl marks are gone
Glaze- as a final step for some amount of protection

With compound work only one small area at a time, do not try to do a complete panel. I usually work areas no larger than 20"X20".
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Compound-cut untill the scratches are gone
Polish-cut untill the swirl marks are gone
Glaze- as a final step for some amount of protection

With compound work only one small area at a time, do not try to do a complete panel. I usually work areas no larger than 20"X20".
So does that mean small area with the compound and then do larger area like a panel with the Polish to get consistent finish on the panel?
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Yeah, you can do larger areas with the polish. Keeping the area size down for the compound stage just makes it more managable as the compound doesn't dry up as fast and less chance of missing scratches before you move on to the next area.
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Meguiars has a new product called SOLO. It uses different pads but the same product to get a great result.
http://www.meguiars.com/solo/announcement.cfm

tough to find for now....but it does a great job
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