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Old 06-17-2020, 04:02 AM   #43
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Originally Posted by Sam86 View Post
Yea I also had thought the 9.5 was too big which is why I wanted recommendations from others if I needed to return it. It's too late now as i've used it since a couple others from here with 9-10 inch pads said they were able to use it on their 86's with little trouble but i'm wishing I had of just gone and returned it anyway because I don't like how it feels having attempted using it.
The battery aspect also isn't too much of an issue to me, it's not going anywhere in my garage whilst it charges, and I'm not aiming to do a complete polish as most of my car is fine- it was just the roof, bonnet and rear that I wanted to polish.

And yea I know how hard black is but it just looks so good when it has that mirror finish. And I wanted to learn now whilst my car is in good shape so when it does start to get obvious swirls and the paint begins to fade i'd know how to maintain it
Let me rewind this for a bit, how's the polishing coming along? Have you removed those spots? Idk why or how but I just literally saw the 3 pictures you uploaded and I gotta say, you're paint is nice. Great job! As for the defects in question, IMO they look like they can be removed by a mf towel and a drop of compound by hand.

Have you done the fingernail test on your defects? Fingernail test, google it.

As for your polisher bouncing around and pressure applied... it's bouncing around because pressure may be applied unequally, inferior tool, not enough 'wax' in the area your polishing and the pad is catching on unwaxed areas, etc. Ultimately, bouncing around causes more bad than good. As for pressure applied, each person is different, each tool is different...there is NO set number ever. It's the feel of the person, the pad, the purpose, and the polisher's characteristics. For example, a Flex polisher requires more muscle and control in a shorter time to do a quicker job than a Rupes polisher to do a shinier finish. Both using the same pad, same compound.
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Old 06-18-2020, 12:31 AM   #44
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this is one of those situations where it would really be best if you could find someone local that's experienced and willing to help you through the process the first time. there's a lot of nuance to it that's really not difficult to perform or watch for, but nearly impossible to explain through an internet forum.
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@Sam86 I said you were cutting corners because you were trying to make-do with the wrong equipment and products. We told you that you needed more appropriate polishing equipment, but you went ahead anyway and the results aren't what you wanted.

You have to follow through and get the appropriate equipment.
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