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Hey guys!  Looking for some insight on light paint correction.  I have a new charger in destroyer grey that is about 6 months old now.  I have very very light scratches I want to polish out and finish with glaze, LPS and Americana.

 

I'm wondering you all think Finishing Polish has enough cut in it to get very light scratches out?  Honestly, they're so light I think a good seal and wax would fill them in to be honest, but if I'm going to clay and do all of that I might as well polish as well.

 

Thoughts?  Do I really need correcting polish?

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The finishing polish has very light correcting capabilities. I would keep in mind though, you should just spend the extra money now and get the correcting polish, it is nice to have if you get some scratches down the road or someone else does! The finishing polish is really just for shine, but it might be able to correct the damage, although be it much slower.

 

Also, for your protection, use the sealant then the glaze then the wax. Then you have a nice base coat of protection.

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I'm buying a SK soon and will be making my first attempt at machine polishing.  I didn't want to start a new thread because I had the same question as the OP.  Although I also have some other question for the experts:

 

1. Is it necessary to wash the car (either CWS or Strip Wash) after polishing, or will some 50/50 Isopropyl Alcohol get the paint ready for LPS?

 

2. I read somewhere (can't find the thread anymore) that when using Finishing Polish (with white foam pad), you can also add some Revive Hand Polish to the pad.  What does this achieve?

 

3. Is the Pad Conditioning Brush only used for the Microfiber Cutting Pads, or can it also be used on the Foam Pads?  How often do you clean the pads with the brush, after every panel?

 

Thanks.

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I'm buying a SK soon and will be making my first attempt at machine polishing.  I didn't want to start a new thread because I had the same question as the OP.  Although I also have some other question for the experts:

 

1. Is it necessary to wash the car (either CWS or Strip Wash) after polishing, or will some 50/50 Isopropyl Alcohol get the paint ready for LPS?

 

2. I read somewhere (can't find the thread anymore) that when using Finishing Polish (with white foam pad), you can also add some Revive Hand Polish to the pad.  What does this achieve?

 

3. Is the Pad Conditioning Brush only used for the Microfiber Cutting Pads, or can it also be used on the Foam Pads?  How often do you clean the pads with the brush, after every panel?

 

Thanks.

 

1.  There's multiple schools of thought.  Some people do IPA wipe down, some wash, some don't do either.  It comes down to your taste, attention to detail and time you want to spend.  The polishes usually finish down well though and you can get the residue off without too much effort.

 

2.  If you're using finish polish, I'd skip the Revive.  Revive has it's place.  I use it more like a cleaner/polish personally or to handle delicate areas I don't want to go after with a machine.

 

3.  You'll want to clean your pads every two to three panels.  You'll be able to tell when they're getting saturated as there's a significant difference in cutting power.  You can use the brush to help knock some of the polish out of the pads.  The best solution is to have a few sets of pads to rotate between.  If you're a casual detailer, this may not be the best solution.  In that case, keep the pads as clean as you can and enjoy!

 

Good luck and let us know if you have any other questions.

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I personally dont wash the car between polish and sealant. I usually just run a clean microfiber and maybe some detail spray to get rid of any polish remains left, and any dust that might have settled while working on other parts of the car. 

 

Yes you can use the conditioning brush with foam pads, but just be careful with the waffle weaved foam pads. (the ones with uneven texture). I personally feel the brush is too stiff for the foam pads especially the more abrasive blue pad, so I scrub them out by hand. If you scrub them by turning on the polisher upside down, just barely let the brush touch the surface. 

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Hey guys!  Looking for some insight on light paint correction.  I have a new charger in destroyer grey that is about 6 months old now.  I have very very light scratches I want to polish out and finish with glaze, LPS and Americana.

 

I'm wondering you all think Finishing Polish has enough cut in it to get very light scratches out?  Honestly, they're so light I think a good seal and wax would fill them in to be honest, but if I'm going to clay and do all of that I might as well polish as well.

 

Thoughts?  Do I really need correcting polish?

 

Sounds like to me you have a great plan and yes for real light scratches FP is all you will need.

Do a 2x2 test spot first so you will know exactly what it will take to get your paint perfect.

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