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5.0Powell 08-07-2017 09:13 PM

A total idiots guide to buffing
 
Hello everyone!

I have a question about cutting, buffing, and paint swirl.

So my new 90 GT has crappy paint. Some areas are totally flat but a good portion of the car is just heavily oxidized. So I figured I would try my hand at buffing it out. As a previously ASE and Ford certified automotive technician I figured I could hack it.

Last weekend in my infinite wisdom I watched a bunch of videos on youtube and figured I took to the garage.

I prepped the car by washing it. I used a claybar and detail spray, and then I buffed with Meguiars Ultimate Compound and a buffing pad attachment for my cordless drill.

The results, as you can imagine, are about as bad as this plan...

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h4...psrkko36vl.jpg

The car has a lot more shine to it, but it is definitely now swirl scratched.

So my questions are:

1. How (if at all) can I fix this monumental mess I have made.

2. What products can do you guys use? I used a buffing attachment on my cordless drill but something tells me I should either A - invest in a real buffer or B - stick to microfiber pads and elbow grease.

Thanks in advance for any help on the matter. Clearly I have much to learn in this department so educate me.

rjs86gt 08-07-2017 09:54 PM

Wow, what a coincidence. I was just watching this video earlier this afternoon. Early in the video the detailer was buffing the paint and was having fits with the microfiber pads clogging. Check it out.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uz-zW-cLdUs

As for me, I've always used a mark 1 mod 0 handheld pad and elbow grease. The paint is so thin on my 86 I was afraid to use a buffer for fear of burning through.

Shakerhood 08-08-2017 11:45 PM

A real dual action buffer would surely help, I use a Porter Cable with excellent results.

5.0Powell 08-09-2017 09:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Shakerhood (Post 449089)
A real dual action buffer would surely help, I use a Porter Cable with excellent results.

That is definitely in the cards! Any suggestions on compounds? or should I really just cut it again?


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