04-06-2011, 10:16 PM #1
Am I doing this right? Taping the car prior to polish
err so I haven't exactly done this part before (masking car prior to detail) just wanted some advice since I've finally fully clayed the car and want to do a proper polish.
Is the tape covering too much? Thanks in advanced.
04-07-2011, 11:09 AM #2
What equipment are you using to polish? Rotary or D/A?
Personally I use a Porter Cable most of the time -- and only tape up the trim in areas where I might catch it with a pad.
Even back in the day when I used rotary polishers more frequently, I never bothered to tape the panel gaps .. I polished to the edge, but made sure I went swiftly to avoid burning the paint in weaker areas.. The problem with taping the panel gaps, is that you might notice the lines between where you polished, and where you didn't. Also go easy on plastic panels if you are using a rotary .. I've seen people rip paint right off by being a bit over-zealous!
I'm certainly no expert though .. just a hobbyist
One extra little tip I'd throw in there, is put bags or newspaper over your wheels .. I hate getting polish splatter on the tires or in the brakes. No matter how careful I am, I always manage to get some splatter.~
04-07-2011, 02:48 PM #3
Using the PC7424XP (random orbital buffer) - still think it's necessary to tape up the edges? I think personally I shouldn't - just pop the hood/doors/trunk and clean the areas?
04-07-2011, 03:04 PM #4
Have fun, my arm is always ready to fall off after polishing an entire car ..~
04-07-2011, 03:09 PM #5Timeout
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04-08-2011, 12:17 AM #6
I got this kit: http://www.detailedimage.com/DI-Pack...asic-Kit-P335/
Using that LC White polishing pad to polish, and the pad that comes w/ the DA for the wax(finish).
04-08-2011, 12:22 AM #7
yeah, that white polish pad has little to no cutting power LOL, time to get me some new pads
04-08-2011, 12:58 AM #8
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04-08-2011, 12:28 PM #10
You probably need the LC orange pad, or yellow pad if the swirls are really bad. Always follow up with the white pad though .. you'll need to bring back the shine. I use the LC black pad for waxing .. or just do it by hand.
I wouldn't use the pad that came with the PC, I think it's more for buffing tables or counter tops It won't do any damage, but the pad might fall apart on you!
I would run a piece of tape down the middle of a panel, polish on one side .. then remove the tape to inspect the difference. Find a method that works, then repeat for the whole car
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04-12-2011, 12:20 AM #11
Yeah, no more tape for me except on the trim, left a nasty little line which I had to buff out again.
I'll be picking up quite a bit of gear LC yellow, orange and blue pads. I have the white, and won't use the original pad for the wax.
Thanks for the tips
04-12-2011, 11:10 AM #12
I clayed my car this weekend, but didn't polish; I'm thinking about trying out some new products.
My claybar was filthy after; you should have seen the amount of fallout and particles that had attached to my paint over the winter, even with cleaning it every week!~
04-14-2011, 10:20 PM #13
04-15-2011, 12:38 AM #14