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Where do I start?

I have been wanting to do some paint correction for a while now but have been waiting until better weather. Now that it is here, the itch has gotten stronger and I am ready to clean up all the paint of my Jeep.

I understand the basics of paint correction through reading the endless write-ups and such but I have never jumped into anything further than washing, claying, and basic waxes. I would like to see if there are any options I have without getting into electric buffers. I don't have a problem with them but obviously if it's not needed, then I'd rather not buy it. I'm not looking for an award winning finish but I feel a solid correction will go a long way.

Here are the best pictures I could get given my lack of camera and correct lighting.







So, if possible, what can I do without a electric buffer? I tried Meguiars ultimate compound in some areas, and it looked like it helped with some of the lighter scratches but didn't get me to where I wanted.

If I do need to go with the electric buffer, I know which one and what polishes and compounds I would like to use, but I am confused on which pads should be used with what.

Thanks for any help!
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get a porter cable da polisher...they are invaluable
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Old 04-19-2011, 11:49 PM
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get a porter cable da polisher...they are invaluable
Yea that was the one I would purchase if I had to. My only worry is how forgiving they are towards the paint. I'd hate to get into it only to realize that I made the situation worse than when I started.
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Re: Where do I start?

then buy the new meguiars microfiber pads and correction kit. they claim its ALMOAST foolproof with the PC.
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Yea that was the one I would purchase if I had to. My only worry is how forgiving they are towards the paint. I'd hate to get into it only to realize that I made the situation worse than when I started.
You're not going to mess anything up. The DA is just that...dual action...not a rotary. With a rotary, you can burn the paint off very quickly, especially around edges.

I've had EXCELLENT results with that Porter Cable, Meguiars Ultimate Compound, Ultimate Polish, NXT, and Meg's Yellow Wax. I had slightly less of an issue than you do and it took me a day, but it was totally worth it. I used Lake County foam pads. Do not fear the DA buffers. Fear the rotary buffers.

Getting what you have corrected by hand is a tall order...I've never been able to get that level of correction without a machine. Like Scott said...they are invalueable. I went from a rotary to a DA.
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Re: Where do I start?

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You're not going to mess anything up. The DA is just that...dual action...not a rotary. With a rotary, you can burn the paint off very quickly, especially around edges.

I've had EXCELLENT results with that Porter Cable, Meguiars Ultimate Compound, Ultimate Polish, NXT, and Meg's Yellow Wax. I had slightly less of an issue than you do and it took me a day, but it was totally worth it. I used Lake County foam pads. Do not fear the DA buffers. Fear the rotary buffers.

Getting what you have corrected by hand is a tall order...I've never been able to get that level of correction without a machine. Like Scott said...they are invalueable. I went from a rotary to a DA.

Thanks for the info! Very helpful.

I was figured I would need to get the porter cable and save my hands the pain of trying to do it without.

Where's the best place to buy the Porter Cable? I have been all through detailediamge's website and their price seems decent, but did know if someone had it for cheaper anywhere.
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Well, you can always just punch the model number into Google and shop around, but DI's price is competitive and you get a discount for being a JG member. I bought mine from them...give back a little for all the incredibly detailed articles and info the provide this forum. The only thing that sux is that you don't get to touch/feel and you have to wait. No instant gratification like going to the store and getting one.
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Well, you can always just punch the model number into Google and shop around, but DI's price is competitive and you get a discount for being a JG member. I bought mine from them...give back a little for all the incredibly detailed articles and info the provide this forum. The only thing that sux is that you don't get to touch/feel and you have to wait. No instant gratification like going to the store and getting one.
That is true with the write-ups and such. I will just get from detailedimage then.

As far as pressure with using the PC, I know people say medium, light, etc but can someone compare that to something? Like use the same amount of pressure you would use for squeezing a lemon. I just pulled that out of my ass but you know what I mean.
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Somewhere on either here, DI's site, or Meguiar's site, they actually tell you how many pounds of pressure...I don't know how much I believe all that. Personally, each panel and each issue and each pad and each product would require different pressure. A less agressive pad on a deeper scratch would require more time or more pressure.
I don't use the side handle on mine...one hand on the handle, on hand on the back of the head. It makes it easier to "steer" and apply pressure if needed. Sorry I can't give a more scientific answer.
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That's cool. I have a general knowledge of how much pressure would be needed. Just wanted to see if anyone had any more specific information. I'll check those sites out.

Thanks again for the help!
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Re: Where do I start?

I'd suggest checking out our detailing guide for some more basic information and step by step instructions for each step. As for removing those swirls a buffer with quality polishes and pads should be able to buff out the majority of those imperfections. This is an excellent combination all in one convenient kit - DI Packages Porter Cable 7424 XP, Meguiar's Polish and Hydro Pads. Let me know if you have any other questions I'd be happy to help!

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I'd suggest checking out our detailing guide for some more basic information and step by step instructions for each step. As for removing those swirls a buffer with quality polishes and pads should be able to buff out the majority of those imperfections. This is an excellent combination all in one convenient kit - DI Packages Porter Cable 7424 XP, Meguiar's Polish and Hydro Pads. Let me know if you have any other questions I'd be happy to help!

Greg @ DI
Thanks Greg!

One more question. I see that the kit only comes with two pads of each kind. If I were to be doing my whole jeep, approximately how many pads of each would I need? I heard that you want a new pad every panel or so.
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