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february2020

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Polishing Questions
« on: February 14, 2020, 12:09:11 AM »
Expertise needed over here. What is the best brand for polishing my Ď79 Firebird? Also, I have the snowflake wheels, anything specific for wheels like Motherís metal polish? Thankful for any info amidst the hundreds of products out there. Also, I was also told not to use a power polisher on old clearcoat and should polish by hand and Iím hoping thatís not true.
H. E. Ramsey


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Re: Polishing Questions
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2020, 12:17:44 AM »
Iíve used multiple stages of Meguiarís cutting/polishing compounds and done all by hand. It is amazing what it can do to old black paint. Then I did a full wax afterwards with Meguiarís gold class. My daily driver, a beat up old 2001 Mustang with factory old dull paint came out unbelievably well.
I was thoroughly impressed with this stuff. Very much worth the effort,
   The red line and number indicates the abrasiveness. The higher the number the more abrasive. I worked from left to right across these products. Took a long time but so worth it. The wax I used is the black bottle .
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Re: Polishing Questions
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2020, 08:02:40 PM »
Mothers is excellent on any aluminum part.  As for power polishing old clearcoat Do Not Do It.  IF it takes the polish it won't last long.  As clear ages it turns white which is oxidation that can be polished off.  However the coating also starts to dis-bond or peel from the base coat.  This is natural and caused by natural break down of the paint and HEAT.  Polish is abrasive and polishing with a power buffer creates heat.  It is very easy for an in-experienced person to "Burn" through paint in good condition.  Megueirs products are excellent.  Recomend working them with cheese cloth. 

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Re: Polishing Questions
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