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Old 07-22-2008, 08:45 AM   #16
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ohhh man, that is soooo awesome.!!!! i've thought about getting the porter cable. i've always asked that question, " do i reallllllly need to spend that $250 for the porter cable or do i not" lol
i was trying to find cheaper alternatives as i didn't really need it as i have only a 'few' swirl marks
Thanks man, you are my life saver!
porter cable is $170 at eshine.ca
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Old 08-26-2008, 05:47 AM   #17
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how well does the mothers 3 stage system work? and will it last, or after a few washes are the effects gone? i was thinking about getting it
I spent 8 hours doing the 3 Step and it looked like a brand new paint job after. Unfortunately it seemed like after I washed it once, it was back to normal.
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Old 08-27-2008, 08:37 AM   #18
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^did you do claybar first? I did this on my bros car about 1 month ago but did claybar first, it looks/feels the same!
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Didn't claybar. I suppose that was the problem. Well I'll have to try that next time. Going to need to be reeeeally bored to get around to do that again though.
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Old 08-27-2008, 12:19 PM   #20
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the 3 step doesn't actually remove swirls, just masks them. The reason why it washed away is probably you didn't apply a strong sealant.
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Old 10-30-2008, 11:34 AM   #21
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I spent 8 hours doing the 3 Step and it looked like a brand new paint job after. Unfortunately it seemed like after I washed it once, it was back to normal.
Looks like the scratches/ swirls are too deep to be fixed by the product. A lot of OTC products like Mother's or Meguiar's merely fill the swirls in, so it looks like the swirls were 'removed' until the product washes off. Sometimes, the PC can't even fix deep swirls. For deep scratches, a rotary buffer (Makita 9227, DeWalt 849) is needed to even out the clearcoat, but a pro detailer needs to do this so it does not end up in a disaster.
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Maybe I'll get it professionally buffed next summer. Anyone know how much that would cost?
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Old 02-11-2009, 10:29 AM   #23
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Sorry to bring alive an old post but my question is:

I am new to the pro side of detailing, I have a black car that I just got and I would like to remove all the "swirls" in the paint. I would like to purchase a polisher and have a $100 gift card from Rona, so my choices are very limited. I really cannot afford to buy a PC right now. Would this work well for a newbie at swirl removal.

http://www.rona.ca/shop/~polisher---...!polisher_shop

Or should I be looking for a orbital sander there?

http://www.rona.ca/shop/~sander---5-...al-sander_shop

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OMG, please do not use those on your car, your gonna end up paying more to fix the damage. Just save and buy a Porter Cable and do the job properly the first time.
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My question is, a brand new Alpine White BMW picked up from the
dealer, when should it be first waxed or protected ?
Brand new on day one should anything be done, or wait a bit.
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My question is, a brand new Alpine White BMW picked up from the
dealer, when should it be first waxed or protected ?
Brand new on day one should anything be done, or wait a bit.
I'm sure it should be okay to wax since the paint obviously isn't BRAND new. Unless it is.

But it's always a good idea to wait a month just to be safe.
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Sorry to bring alive an old post but my question is:

I am new to the pro side of detailing, I have a black car that I just got and I would like to remove all the "swirls" in the paint. I would like to purchase a polisher and have a $100 gift card from Rona, so my choices are very limited. I really cannot afford to buy a PC right now. Would this work well for a newbie at swirl removal.

http://www.rona.ca/shop/~polisher---...!polisher_shop

Or should I be looking for a orbital sander there?

http://www.rona.ca/shop/~sander---5-...al-sander_shop

Thanks.
The 7-inch variable looked OK at first but then the slowest speed is 2,500rpm, way too fast for swirl removal. Even with milder pads, it may have too much heat for the polish(es) to work properly.
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Old 02-15-2009, 01:34 AM   #28
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My question is, a brand new Alpine White BMW picked up from the
dealer, when should it be first waxed or protected ?
Brand new on day one should anything be done, or wait a bit.
Right away. No sense in waiting since the paint has fully cured by the time you have picked it up.
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Old 02-15-2009, 02:48 AM   #29
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My question is, a brand new Alpine White BMW picked up from the
dealer, when should it be first waxed or protected ?
Brand new on day one should anything be done, or wait a bit.
I say right away also, but please do not get that dealership crap sealant that they charge you 1 trillion dollars for, it is a waste of money.

Buy your own Zaino Z2 and get the satisfaction of getting intimate with your car. Or pay a pro to do a proper new car prep for you.
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