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Old 08-02-2013, 03:55 AM
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What is the process for buffing and waxing old paint?

I have a 72 chrysler, and I after watching a video of a newer car with scratches being buffed, polished and waxed, I want to try it on my Chrysler. I know that the paint on my car is not the same as a new beamer, so I need some help and direction. In the video they used a compound, buffing wheel, polish, polish wheel, wax and another wheel to spread it, then they wiped off the wax.

Im pretty sure the paint is original, so that makes it single stage lacquer paint right? What was Chrysler using in 72? Will my process or any of the materials I need be different from what they used on the newer car?

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First of all, is the paint on your car a metallic....it probably is and that being the case, polishing it with a compound and buffer may be a little to aggressive for 41 year old paint. The reason I say this is that if it is original paint and if it is a metallic by compounding 41 year old paint you could in effect take the paint right off your car or at the very least, expose your metallic's leaving you with a bit of a mess on your hands.

Now that all the warnings have been issued, here is what you can do, take a bit of compound, fine compound, on a polishing cloth and try polishing a spot by hand, try an inconspicuous spot on your car to see what happens. Look at your polishing cloth to see how much color your taking off by compounding and what results your getting. You may be better off polishing your car by hand than using a polisher, a polisher may be to aggressive.

Try this and us know what happens..and I hope this helps.

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Old 08-02-2013, 11:16 AM
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What Ray said X2, also what are you trying to achieve by buffing? Are you trying to remove scratches, oxidation, or just trying to get a little more shine/gloss? I would at least start with a fine cut or even polish type compound by hand like Ray suggested to see the results and go from there. You may be able to get by using a cleaner wax, something like Meguiar's #6 instead of having to use a cutting compound. You can also get velcro style polishing pads for a 6" DA type sander. Those do a great job polishing without cutting as much off as a buffer, but it depends on what you are trying to remove as they don't remove scratches very well. If you do decide to buff it, be careful as who knows how many times it has been buffed in the past 41 years and how much paint is left on the car. And always keep the buffer turning away from the edges and be careful around moldings and trim or you will be asking how to paint

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