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01-21-2009 02:07 PM
speedpeacock for black paint id check out what 3m has. i used to detail and 3m had a compound that worked wonderfully and wasnt even gritty. and everytime you wash your black car you should use final finish iff you can find any
01-21-2009 03:16 AM
Shaddow_wolf169 i waxed my car 3 days after i painted my own car cut it and glazed it i have been painting cars for 2 1/2 years now and i have never had a problem with waxing a car after i cut and polish. a glaze will not seal a paint job it will fade and look like shitz. i use maguires gold class to protect and seal the job.
01-17-2009 05:38 PM
mrm1149 Also may want to give Meguires #2 fine cut cleaner a try.
01-12-2009 10:43 PM
skikid89 Yea Shamrock SVT is right on the whole 3 months thing about not waxing if you have just had a panel painted. Good catch that I left that out. Swirls are super super annoying. We once made a mistake to have a dealer fix the paint on our truck. They put a scratch on the fender, and they said they would fix it for free. I spent a weekend getting the swirls out of one damn fender. It totally sucked but it was good practice ;)
01-12-2009 08:59 PM
Originally Posted by ShamrockSVT View Post
  1. Clay bar
  2. compound
  3. polish.glaze
  4. polish/glaze again
  5. wax
01-12-2009 08:22 PM
  1. Clay bar
  2. compound
  3. polish.glaze
  4. polish/glaze again
  5. wax
01-12-2009 02:46 AM
thisdude_05 Do you guys recommend it in this order:

rubbing compound
cleaner wax
01-12-2009 02:22 AM
TommyBlackST thanx ski...yeah i can't wax it until february, but I gurantee it will be too freakin' cold to do anything....I'm just gonna wait until a really nice early spring day and make a day of getting the paint in swirless shape...spary car wash till then...and when it hit's 60 a hand wash...But man I hate washing the car...shamois dry and see those swirls...somebody once toldy me patience is a virtue...they don't have the swirls I have after over 3K spent at a butt munch body shop...
01-11-2009 10:36 AM
ShamrockSVT If your car has just been painted, don't use wax! You cannot wax new paint on anything for 3 months.
01-10-2009 11:30 PM
skikid89 That totally sucks about the body shop butchering your car. I firmly believe you have to know the owner personally to get a quality job done on your car. My best friend's dad owns a body shop in town, and he is like my second father so I get lucky when it comes to major body work on my car. I do like to do as much of the work as I can myself so he has coached me through a lot of it.

Using a buffer shouldn't be over complicated. What I would recommend is to either 1. go to a junk yard and get some panel off of a junk car that has some decent paint, and practice on it to get used to the buffer. OR 2, get a super super super soft pad, and practice on your car by just using a very non aggressive polish or wax. This will not get the scratches out but give you a good opportunity to get used to how the buffer feels and works with out worrying about damaging your paint.

Then I would follow our steps from above. Also I would be sure to start with the least aggressive method that will work. Since its your first time, I would determine the step you think will do the job, and then start with one a step less aggressive. It is easier to try again if you weren't aggressive enough, than to try and fix a too aggressive method.

Good luck!
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