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So I am wondering if one pad will make it or should I stop and clean the pad somewhere in between finishing the whole truck considering how bad it is with hard water spots. Here is a few pics, what do you think, what would you do?

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Add some white vinegar to water and give it a bath... That should cut most of the water spots. Then clay it real well and then start with the DA.

 

The pads need to dry before use. I made this mistake once. The pad felt dry but it was hiding... lol

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Those are some serious spots Tony! Try a small area with the Swirl & Haze remover by hand, and see what results. Keep us posted, as you may have a little project that needs a helping hand.

 

We are here to help, so please report back with photos and results so we can get your finish perfect!

 

Thanks Tony:thumbsup:

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Ok, I have washed and clay barred and have started with the swirl and haze remover, obviously there is improvement but what I am noticing is that there is some (best guess) etching from the hard water so should I just keep on going till they are gone or should I go to a different compound?

 

As well I am wondering about my technique, Ive seen the videos and read about running the pc till the SHR is starting to break down. I am going along fine and all of a sudden it gets really dry and starts balling up on me and chunks off, so am I working it too long and could be damaging the pad or should I just keep going when that happens? I really dont remember seeing in the videos any mess at all when they stop to wipe it down and check progress.

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Ok, I have washed and clay barred and have started with the swirl and haze remover, obviously there is improvement but what I am noticing is that there is some (best guess) etching from the hard water so should I just keep on going till they are gone or should I go to a different compound?

 

As well I am wondering about my technique, Ive seen the videos and read about running the pc till the SHR is starting to break down. I am going along fine and all of a sudden it gets really dry and starts balling up on me and chunks off, so am I working it too long and could be damaging the pad or should I just keep going when that happens? I really dont remember seeing in the videos any mess at all when they stop to wipe it down and check progress.

a mist of detail spray should help prevent that.

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Ok, I have washed and clay barred and have started with the swirl and haze remover, obviously there is improvement but what I am noticing is that there is some (best guess) etching from the hard water so should I just keep on going till they are gone or should I go to a different compound?

 

As well I am wondering about my technique, Ive seen the videos and read about running the pc till the SHR is starting to break down. I am going along fine and all of a sudden it gets really dry and starts balling up on me and chunks off, so am I working it too long and could be damaging the pad or should I just keep going when that happens? I really dont remember seeing in the videos any mess at all when they stop to wipe it down and check progress.

 

Maybe your trying to do to big an area Tony,I try to stay in a 2x2 area :thumbsup:

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a mist of detail spray should help prevent that.

Started doing that and it helps with being able to work the area longer without having to wipe it all off and reapply the chemicals.

 

Maybe your trying to do to big an area Tony,I try to stay in a 2x2 area :thumbsup:

Nope, 6'x4' fiberglass bed cover broke down into 8 seperate areas.

 

I was having the same problems with the dusting. Where were you doing it? Outside in the sun or in a garage?

 

I am inside the garage.

 

Well even after using detailing spray to lengthen the working time I have been over 1 2x2 area about 8 times using the refined process above and still have some etching, IT IS getting better each time but at this rate i will need 2 more bottles of each DS,SHR,FMP to finish the hood and roof and bed cover. So I am willing to keep going this route but, should I try to step to some product (Adams or otherwise) thats a bit more aggresive to gain a little ground before going on? I should say that parts of these areas that I have done that have no etching is like glass now, I could shave in it but then there would be shavings all over my truck and thats not happening!:jester:

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Actually, what color pad(s) are you using. You mention in your first post, will one pad be enough? Just wondering if have different color pads.

Just using the orange for now. the kit came with orange,white and black and then there is the white that comes with the pc thats smaller.

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Sounds like some 3000 grit sand paper and water may be the way to go but I think a good buffer with some 3M finesit may be in your future as well. Sounds like you need some heat in the paint to remove more clear quicker. Then you'd follow up with the Adams stuff.

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Well today I think I finaly clogged the orange pad with calcium because I went from glassy to a fine haze looking finish, so I have washed the pad will start again tomorrow. I still have some pitting or etching if you will, but I feel it will come out with just a bit more aggressive compound, I should not need to go to wet sanding. That will have to wait a few weeks. So what do guys like for the next step up in compounds? Is there a more aggressive Adams product or do we go to anothers product if we are allowed to mention them.(should have read the forum rules a bit better);)

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Try a 3M buffing compound and a buffer and then step into the correction phase with the Adams products.

 

THAT is what I would do. The nice thing is that the F-150 like yours has pretty thick clear. (At least mine does in compared to my G8)

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