Detailing / paint correction

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Detailing / paint correction

Post by Sannie330d » 05 Aug 2015, 13:45

For the people interested in this subject.

You can use this how-to, as a user's guide
Keep in mind that all detailers wil have a different approach. Use different products etc.. I'll walk through the basics, because there is so much to learn, and find out what works for you..

Machines..

Singel action polisher. Spins on the center of the axle, like a grinding machine.

Dual action polisher.. Spins outside of the center in a star like movement..

Both machines are available in different sizes and, power outputs.

Polish.

Most brands have a total of 4 steps

Coarse-Medium-Fine-Ultra-fine
The polishing grit varies by brand

Polishing pads.

The most common are the Hex logic pads.

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Micro fibre towels..

Also these towels are available in other fabrics by brand, but the are available in fine and medium fabrics and so on....

We all know the holograms... These are made by a singel action polisher

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And the swirls.. Courses by regular car was by hand, and car wash machines ( 50/50 shot )

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Let's polish...

We start off with the dual action polisher. With a fine pad. and fine polish.. 5 drops of polish is enough. Try this on a 20x20 inch paint surface...

Make a up and down, left/right movements. Start at machine speed 1. Work it up to speed 4.. Apply medium pressure on the machine..

Take a micro fibre towel and remove the last residue...

Inspect the 20x20 surface that you just have polished with you dual action machine..

If there are still swirl marks or imperfections you can see, you'll have to go deeper into the paint surface..

Keep in mind that polish is fine and ultra fine.
Compounding is course and medium..

You can try compounding with a dual action machine... But you wont be able to get the high gloss finish...

Now the tricky part begins...

Take your singlel action polisher.. With a medium pad and a medium compound.. Again 5 drops of compound..
Start on the 20x20 surface that you just have done... Spread the compount over the surface.
Start up at machine speed one. Make the same up and down movements...

( important!!! When you turn the speed up of the machine. The paint service will heat up.)

Each pad will heat the paint up in is own way, the harder the pad the faster the surface heats up... Example... A yellow pad will heat the service up well when the machine speed is set in 3. Whereas a white pad gives the same heat at machine speed 5... So keep moving the machine over the surface.)

Some paints need to be warmed good to be able to correct .. And this is where the danger lies... The point of good correction, is just before burning/ going through the paint.... I don't know the specific temperatures... You can feel it by hand, and learn in time... Each paint is different. So is the correction temperature... There is no standard to go from...

With that being said.. Wipe off the residue..

If there are no more scratches, you wont have to go deeper.. Dont care about the holograms now.. You will fix those later on...

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Now... Again single action polisher.. But this time:

Fine pad. Fine polish. 5 drops same 20x20inch

Start machine at speed one, work it up to speed 5. Keep the machine moving up and down and make sure you passing each way 4 times... this is how you will get the high gloss finish ... Wipe it of again...

Now... The holograms that we just have made have to be removed...

Take your dual action polisher.. Fine pad, fine polish... Work the area like you did before..

Wipe it off....

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So this is the result of a 2 step correction..

1 step compounding, 1 step polish...
But you have done the service 3 times...

You can go on to ultra fine -if you need to, building up from coarse...

Finishing you can do best by hand, you can use what you prefer, waxes, sealants, glaze. Etc...

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I hope this helps some of you...

Dont think its easy, and it will be done in 2 hours... The mercedes was a 3 step correction and it took me a total of 8 hours polishing.. 2 hours to finish it... And 2 hours to wash and clay it...

So a total work time of 12 hours...













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Re: Detailing / paint correction

Post by Gus247 » 05 Aug 2015, 14:27

Epic write-up , thank you!!!!

Out of interest, what machines do you use?
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Re: Detailing / paint correction

Post by Sannie330d » 05 Aug 2015, 15:03

I use 6 differend machines. All from rupes


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Re: Detailing / paint correction

Post by RayB » 05 Aug 2015, 15:05

Excellent write up Sannie, well done

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Re: Detailing / paint correction

Post by Sannie330d » 05 Aug 2015, 15:13

RayB wrote:Excellent write up Sannie, well done
Thank you sirr


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Re: Detailing / paint correction

Post by lizzie » 05 Aug 2015, 19:47

Brilliant write up Sannie, I'm sure it's going to help a lot of people.


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Re: Detailing / paint correction

Post by dsme » 07 Aug 2015, 16:02

What a write up! Awesome, thanks :D

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