Machine polish

Sl1ced

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Heyaaaaa so I don’t think my car has ever had one. It’s got a fair few scratches and a bit here and there to touch up but, I’ve never used one so I’d probably ask someone else instead of ******* it up and stripping the paint. How much could it cost


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SteveW

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I think it varies where you're located. Down south the prices I've been looking at are between £100 - £250 or an awful lot more for full paint correction.

I'd love my paint to be perfect, but not sure it's really worth spending silly money on it given it's a daily driver and I wash it most weeks too. But I'm thinking of getting at least a machine polish done in the spring. No point doing it before winter now.

The other option I've toyed with is getting a DA polisher myself, a scrap bonnet and practicing with a view to doing it myself. But it scares me :LOL:
 

Sl1ced

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Lol if you take too much off just go for a rat look haha


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bruceR

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SteveW just go for it, I was in the same mind as you but watch a few detailing videos and you’ll see it’s not that difficult


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SRGTD

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@SteveW - With a DA and the orbital action of the polishing head you don’t really get a build up of heat that you might get with a rotary polishing machine. Also, if you apply too much downward pressure with a DA, the polishing head will stop spinning. Therefore, I’d say there’s minimal risk of damaging your paintwork, provided you use an appropriate combination of pad and polish and your car hasn’t previously been polished to death by a former owner.

As @bruceR has said, watch a few videos on using a DA so you can familiarise yourself with the techniques to use to get good results. Also, always start with the low cut polish and a softer, low cut pad so you remove as little clear coat as necessary when you polish. If that combination doesn’t give the results you’re looking for, work up to a slightly more aggressive polish and pad combination until you get the results you want.

I bought my DA about 7 years ago and it’s more than paid for itself - I’ve used it to polish both of my previous two cars twice each. In addition to polishing the whole car, it’s really useful for ‘spot‘ corrections - e.g. removing clear coat etching from bird poo and scratches that pass the ‘finger nail test’ (i.e. they’re not too deep for your finger nail to catch on, so should polish out). It was a little bit daunting the first time I used my DA, but after polishing the first panel, I felt confident enough to carry on and complete the job without trepidation.

There‘s a really good, very comprehensive guide to machine polishing using a DA polishing machine at the link below, which is worth a read;

 
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SteveW

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@SteveW - With a DA and the orbital action of the polishing head you don’t really get a build up of heat that you might get with a rotary polishing machine. Also, if you apply too much downward pressure with a DA, the polishing head will stop spinning. Therefore, I’d say there’s minimal risk of damaging your paintwork, provided you use an appropriate combination of pad and polish and your car hasn’t previously been polished to death by a former owner.

As @bruceR has said, watch a few videos on using a DA so you can familiarise yourself with the techniques to use to get good results. Also, always start with the low cut polish and a softer, low cut pad so you remove as little clear coat as necessary when you polish. If that combination doesn’t give the results you’re looking for, work up to a slightly more aggressive polish and pad combination until you get the results you want.

I bought my DA about 7 years ago and it’s more than paid for itself - I’ve used it to polish both of my previous two cars twice each. In addition to polishing the whole car, it’s really useful for ‘spot‘ corrections - e.g. removing clear coat etching from bird poo and scratches that pass the ‘finger nail test’ (i.e. they’re not too deep for your finger nail to catch on, so should polish out). It was a little bit daunting the first time I used my DA, but after polishing the first panel, I felt confident enough to carry on and complete the job without trepidation.

There‘s a really good, very comprehensive guide to machine polishing using a DA polishing machine at the link below, which is worth a read;

Thanks for the advice, and the encouragement, from yourself and @bruceR ! :)

I've just spent a fair bit of my working afternoon reading through that PDF! Oops! :LOL:

Definitely food for thought, although I may have to invest in a paint gauge too I guess, just to be sure!

I think I'm slowly building up my Christmas list :LOL:
 
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