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    Brian,

    I took care of the detail. Every surface that could be seen or touched without being seen. The wheels came off and got polished, the tires cleaned and treated, the interior, under the dash, the...
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    Those spots

    Coming from trees are likely to be softened pretty easily by turpentine, but since you have alcohol I'd go ahead and try that first. Spray it on and let it dwell. The longer it has to react the...
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    ry57pont

    As the clear gets older it'll continue to get harder. As it gets harder, it'll be harder to cut but it will shine more easily. That's because all abrasives have a tendency to mar the surface...
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    I start by hand

    with my first cut/s then switch to 1500 and the machine after that. I never need to go beyond 3000 because the rotary will eat the scratch for breakfast.

    I like to take the time with the first...
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    Outlaw,

    I do that with buff pads all the time. I wear out the outside edge put the pad on two inch smaller backing plate, mark and cut to fit, and put it back on.

    Robert
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    Gary,

    I don't think others noticed what machine you said you wanted to use. That porter cable isn't going to come close to taking out 1500 sandpaper scratch.

    You have two options - the one I suggest...
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    Obsford

    I always wash the car thoroughly, then rinse and soap again, then clay - more often these days use a nanoskin towel - then dry.

    As far as paint coatings go - I know they make people a lot of...
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    If you don't mind, will you explain the thinking behind your process? Lightly with 400 on a hard block - do you mean light pressure, or not much cutting?

    When I'm trying to preserve orange...
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    There are several good polishes out there.

    I look at polishes with certain characteristics, no fillers - I want to get what I see, clean cut with minimal dust - I expect some dusting because what I'm cutting off the paint, the used abrasives,...
  10. Thread: Help Scratch?

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    Henry asked the right question.

    If you're going to touch up the scratch with hardened paint you might get away with it more or less, but I think it'll probably still be visible. What year is this car?

    The other thing is, if...
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    Menzerna

    I think it's a good idea (Gasp!) to add a couple of tablespoon fulls of water to the normal dispenser bottle of FG400 because it will run longer and it doesn't seem to hurt the cut. 1200 to 1500 is...
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    This has nothing to do with me.

    it's not just the paint, it's the fillers and everything else. Maybe people just don't know how to do it but I've seen things shrink after they looked good for a long time. Things come up after a...
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    Dry can be pretty fast.

    I really like the cut you get with 800 to start though I don't trust most painters to put down enough material to handle that much loss. In fact, there is only one painter who I even like to polish...
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    So much better than it needs to be.

    That's very nice work. If you see someone looking at your car, moving their head back and forth while they look at the reflection, you'll know there's at least one person around who knows how to...
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    Stick sanding

    The stick is only good because it's long enough to go from high spot to high spot over a longer distance than the typical block. Otherwise I agree, pretty much a waste of of time. It only really...
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    Adding to what Len said,

    There may be random variations in the thickness of the coats, but those random variations will be repeated over all five passes and sometimes they'll add up and sometimes they'll level down. If you...
  17. Thread: Back to New

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    About that Mercedes

    That car was almost a barn find, maybe a little worse. The paint was more pink than showed in the pictures.

    A Mercedes mechanic I've been working for since the 80s called me for this. His...
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    Lately

    I've been running Menzerna compounds. Specifically, FG400. Sometimes I'll do a first pass with 300 then come back with 400 on the rotary with a foamed wool pad, followed by 400 again on the makita...
  19. Why would you post something

    That amounts to a kick me sign taped to your back, lol?
  20. Thank you

    Good to know there are those who appreciate all the work Len puts into this.

    Robert
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    Xtreme

    I know Gary Dean, and I know you can, I repeat, can take out scratches with the random orbitals but at the same time, I stand by everything I've said. Here's a video with Kevin Brown - of the...
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    Hey Henry,

    Thanks for standing up for me and the Makita.

    When it comes to the random orbitals, I think they're a product of marketing not a result of testing one method against another. There's very...
  23. Thread: Light types

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    The light i would recommend

    Led Lenser http://www.batteryjunction.com/led-lenser-880022.html?gclid=CjwKEAjw-o6hBRDOmsPSjqakuzYSJADR2V3S-dTWFvMhgh_Jx0ebo7xEF-suHK3VXW7bhxnQFVYpuhoCn5Xw_wcB

    This the headlight I wear, and...
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    Henry,

    Thanks again for the kind words. That Chrysler took about 12 hours the first time. It wasn't really bad, but needed the filler taken off and full polish. Most the time was spent doing the tight...
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    The whole thing

    I do everything on all the cars as far as detailing is concerned. I don't spray paint or dye because we have two guys who are specialists for those things.

    I polished out the Chrysler before its...
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    Not dead yet...

    I've been really busy over the last few months so I haven't been around here as much as I'd have liked. I'm still polishing up a storm out here and trying to get a little better every day.
    ...
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    The difference is...

    Turbo cut is an old style abrasive better suited to fiberglass. Mystic is just as fast but easier to use and will get you a better result.

    Robert
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    Excellent post Henry.

    Take Care,
    Robert
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    Dry sanding effective grit

    When you sand dry with 1000, the dust gets between the paper and paint and makes 1000 act more like 1200 as far as scratch is concerned. So, 1000 dry followed by 1500 wet is just fine. 1500 wet...
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    that's before, here's after

    This is one of my favorite cars. All modern underneath but not visible without a close look. 12568
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    Buffing

    Even when they say lay the pad flat, the pad is weighted a bit more on the right side.

    My technique is different though. I think more about making even pressure across my contact patch and being...
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    I'd suggest

    You do your initial cut and polish but don't try to get it perfect - then wait a few weeks and polish again. Once the paint is harder it's more difficult to sand and polish but it'll shine up much...
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    In my opinion

    since the new wetsanding disks take so little water to run well, water fed isn't necessary. Also, I use a chapman sprayer with *gasp* turtlewax rinse free wash and wax as my wetting agent. I find...
  34. Thread: Wizards

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    sanding with 2000

    I think you should do an experiment - sand a panel with 2000 and polish it out, then compare it to the panel next to it and see how much difference you're getting for that effort. In my experience,...
  35. Thread: COLOR SAND

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    Mike

    there are breathable waxes/glazes I'd suggest you use one of those. I'm sure it's going to come out great.

    Robert
  36. Thread: COLOR SAND

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    Sometimes

    A panel can be polished to such a high shine with the machines that just the residue polish being picked up by the cloth can mar the surface a bit. When that happens, I wipe to make sure it's just...
  37. Thread: COLOR SAND

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    shining the scratch

    When you're colorsanding you can get a nice shine without taking out the sandpaper scratch - shining the scratch. That's what it sounds like you're doing to me.

    My typical practice is to sand...
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    Hey Henry,

    Thanks for the post. I'll try that. It's bedtime now and I'm shot, so have a great Season and New Year.

    All the best,
    Robert
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    please repost

    I'm always interested in what people find.

    Robert
  40. My friend Randy and I did this car for shows and auction.

    http://www.mecum.com/auctions/lot_detail.cfm?LOT_ID=AN1112-139283&entryRow=153&lottype=&startRow=141

    The client was hoping for 40K and it went for 46K so we're all good.

    Robert
  41. Mooch,

    That car took about 4 hours. It was pretty clean to begin with, especially the interior. The think people forget on a car like that is, oxidation is soft so it comes off pretty quick. If those...
  42. tbm,

    I think you're probably not working the product down far enough. Try running it till the shine really comes through. Then, when you wipe off the residue, wipe in a straight line. If the marks are...
  43. Here's a video of a car I did for a client who's out of town

    I did this so he'd be able to see what he gave me the money for.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=IPHSSe6S5Sw

    It doesn't show much in the way of process but it does show...
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    Hey Henry,

    That's the Lake Country foamed wool pad followed by the Lake Country orange foam pad on the Makita.

    I had a trainee working with me for a few days so I had him shoot the video with my phone so...
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    I almost always use the 6040 in forced rotation

    that is, the not random orbital mode. You can tell by trying to spin the pad, if you can spin the pad but not the motor that's random orbital. If the pad is locked to the motor through the...
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    I'd suggest

    Cut first with the Wizard's then switch to the BO6040 and finish with the Sure Finish.

    The two products work very well together.

    Take Care,
    Robert
  47. Sanding is easier

    First, thanks all for the kind words about the video.

    If you run into any problems polishing the scratches out, don't worry about it. Just get some 2000 and 2500 grit sandpaper and throw it in...
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    xtreme,

    I never run that light on full power, it would burn my eyes out. I wear an apron and sometimes take the light off and clip it with the adjustment to the apron so I can use it to see the sides. ...
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    The light I use is...

    A ledlenser h14r 9918

    A paint correction can go anywhere from $150 to $650 depending on how much work is involved and just how perfect the client might want it.

    That light will drive you...
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    I'm putting up some videos

    http://www.youtube.com/user/wytwolfen?feature=mhee

    There are going to be more later today. I'm buffing out an old Rolls and will get some shots of that.

    Of course, Len has my very...
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