ok, first of all, if you are new to detailing, do not ever try to use rotary buffer(any kind of sander or whatever unless it is DUAL ACTION polisher like PC). You will, I cannot emphasize this enough, burn through the paint.
and no, every manufacteror of the pads use different color for different purpose. so when someone says use orange pad, it could mean a million thiings. CHECK what you would need first.
and HELL NO, YOU NEVER EVER START FROM THE MOST AGGRASIVE abbrasive. YOU START WITH THE LEAST AGGRASIVE PAD AND matching least aggrasive agent. If it does not work, you go up one level of agent, then one level higher pad. This is so that you could perserve the clearcoats. Once the paint defect has been fixed, you now step down the least abbrasive agent to polish out the scratches that are left behind by the previous steps. finishing pads and finishing agents are needed here.
These are multiple step procedures, hence why good detailers charge what they charge.
Sealents and Wax have their own disadvantages and advantages. It all comes down to personal preferences.
Meguires scractch x is usefull to remove the finer scratches that are left behind by more abbrasive agents. Also, when using one, use little by little but more often. This is because scratchX is a diminishing agent.
Last edited by mpower1226; 07-22-2008 at 07:27 AM.