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Old 10-10-2008, 01:52 AM
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Well, thankfully I know how to use it as I have owned it for about 7 years. Heres a sample of how not to burn your paint...
gorgeous car and paint! come detail mine
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Old 03-01-2009, 02:59 PM
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So....I'm ordering my PC 7424 in the morning and will make my first attempt at polishing for the first time ever. If anyone could advise me on the types of pads/compounds/polishes/wax that are user friendly for beginners it would be great. Also, are all pads capable of fitting the PC?

My max is black and the paint is in pretty good shape. I have a couple minor scratches that catch my fingernail if I rub them, but I'm not bold enough to use a compound abrassive enough to tackle those. My goal for this attempt will be to remove swirls and get her glowing.
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Old 06-26-2009, 04:51 PM
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I'm ready to start machine polishing

I got the PC 7424XP with a bunch of pads. But the counterweight says 5" only I know it will be fine with the 6.5" pads, but what about the smaller 4" pads?

Porter Cable 7424XP
2 yellow 4" CCS
2 orange 4" flat
1 orange 6.5" CCS
2 white 6.5" CCS
1 green 6.5" CCS
2 grey 6.5" CCS
1 blue 6.5" CCS
2 red 5.5" flat
2 red 4" CCS

I plan on:
washing
claying
SSR2 and orange pads on just the roof and rear bumper.
Then everything:
SSR1 white
SSR1 grey (to jewel)
Klasse grey 2 coats
Souveran 2 coats 1st blue pad, then red pad.
Going to use terry cloth and microfiber bonnets to remove the polishes and waxes.


Also have SSR3 and a small yellow CCS pad for down the road if major oxidation or scratches occur.

Hopefully I can just maintain the paint with occasional waxing and seldom light polish. I take it this above routine will be good for once a year after winter?

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Old 06-26-2009, 06:31 PM
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Originally Posted by NismoMax80 View Post
I'm ready to start machine polishing

can someone recommend a better liquid wax? I'll try NXT with the PC. Or maybe a 2nd finishing wax to go over the NXT? I will look into Zaino Bros.

Hopefully I can just maintain the paint with occasional waxing and seldom light polish. I take it this above routine will be good for once a year after winter?
Nice. Congrats on your new PC. And nothing to be worried about. PC's are super safe. The only way you could harm your car is if you drop the bastard on it.

Those yellow pads are good and aggressive though. They will leave micro marring on your paint but its supposed to. You just have to polish it out using your other less aggressive products. I only use it selectively on the real trouble spots.

Looks like a very good routine with fine choices in products. Time to go to town. Have fun.

Oh and a good liquid is Cleakotes Carnauba Moose Wax. Looks great and lasts a while. My personal favorite so far.
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Old 07-18-2009, 08:52 AM
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My new PC 7424 from my son on Fathers Day (what a great gift & WOW do I ever love the results)




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Old 07-26-2009, 07:07 PM
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My new PC 7424 from my son on Fathers Day (what a great gift & WOW do I ever love the results)




I love the look of fresh pads! Congrats man and fine job on your rig. Looks sharp.
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Old 07-27-2009, 02:23 PM
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If you think the Porter Cable does a nice job, you should check out the Flex XC3401 here:
http://www.autogeek.net/flex-orbital-polisher.html
I've got it, and it works GREAT.
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Old 07-27-2009, 04:27 PM
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If you think the Porter Cable does a nice job, you should check out the Flex XC3401 here:
http://www.autogeek.net/flex-orbital-polisher.html
I've got it, and it works GREAT.
I've been checking that puppy out for a while now. Might pull the trigger on one next spring.
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Old 05-14-2011, 01:32 AM
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Wow, love those results. I'm gonna have to do this soon.
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Old 07-16-2011, 03:44 PM
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Guys I need some advice...I bought a Griots garage buffer a few months ago and I love it, but I am having trouble getting consistent with it. I just buffed out my 99 Black max today with a yellow Lake country pad and ultimate compound, then I used nu finish (for kicks) by hand after. At first the results were stunning, a few hours later I look in the sun and notice some serious swirls on one side, almost like I never buffed it. What am I doing wrong? I can't get a technique down. Can someone PLEASE spell out your working technique, from exact arm movement speed, rotary speed, pressure, number of passes I need to figure this crap out. I know every polish and pad is different, but sometimes I get good results and sometimes bad with the same products. Help!
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good thinking
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good thinking
7 year old thread bumped for your first post..............BRAVO
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Old 10-01-2011, 08:18 AM
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7 year old thread bumped for your first post..............BRAVO
Forums would be a better place without bump *****. You probably would have flamed him for starting a new thread about machine polishing and linked him to this thread, too. BRAVO
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Old 10-07-2011, 09:40 AM
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I got this PC package from autogeek. I have a 2012 Black Max and I'm very obsessive with my paint and very disappointed with the paint on it. I thought about taking it back and have them get the swirls/ spiderwebbing out but decided to do it myself. Hopefully this package takes care of it and then have to put a few more coats of Zaino on.

http://www.autogeek.net/wolfgang-por...ble-combo.html
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Old 12-21-2011, 06:42 PM
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good tips on looking fresh
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Old 08-17-2016, 05:19 AM
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I bought my polisher(Rupes 21) last week and use it for the first time.
Car is a 2014 pearl white maxima and I always try to maintain and keep it clean.
Polished the hood (came out good and am happy with the result) and hopefully I can do the other panels this week end.




Note: I only did the hood to start with.

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Old 07-18-2018, 09:31 AM
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I know this thread is quite old now but just wondering if you guys ever considered using UV protection marine products for polishing? Are they any good?
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