Removing Swirls And Getting The Best Possible Shine

chromebumpers

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I bought a Porter Cable 7424XP years ago but never used it. I was going to ask AJ aka “Junkman” over at DC a few questions but I understand he’s not on there anymore.

Maybe I can get some help here. The pads are a bit confusing and I don’t know what wheel the pads fit over. I have older but great condition paint on 2 cars and 2 more late model cars that are just dirty and dull. All need compounding but the brands and pads are where I need the most help. So many brands, is there one really better than another?

Rich
 

chromebumpers

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I have to move to FL, everything is cheaper there! Independent detailers here are $350. At the commercial car washes prices start at $169 and everything is extra so expect to pay no less than $295. The GM dealer has a deal. Engine bay cleaning with Gunk spray and dry, shampoo carpets, clean seats and dash with deodorizer, wash - wax exterior, treat black plastic surfaces and compound where needed $435.

I like the Car and Driver instructions noted above. My truck is screwed up. The rolled up bed cover rubbed up against the rear window and the painted panel below. Now I have to polish glass and spray color on the lower rear panel of the cab.

I need a better understanding of the different pads as they’re are not the same as they were 10 years ago (I think Yellow is the new Blue).
 

Indycars

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These two guys are professional and great at what they do. The guy in the first video has been
detailing for over 20 years. I watched many videos by those two before doing an about 5 step
process on the Navigator.

I believe that each manufacture has their own progression thru the colors, so you would
need to stick with one company.


At 14:17 in the video they talk about pads.
 

chromebumpers

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Thanks Rick. This is what I was looking for. In my opinion I believe it doesn’t matter what brand compound or polish, Griots, 3M, Adams, Meguiars and Zaino, they each have their cheerleaders claiming theirs is the best.

I’m a perfectionist when it comes cleaning. I would piss someone off picking over a detailing job I paid someone else to do. Yes I’m slow and it most likely would screw me up doing such a job, but it’s my satisfaction in the end that counts.
 
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