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Re: 1987 Subaru Leone Sedan Brightside

Post by Clayton on October 9th 2009, 4:13 pm

What polishing compound did you have in mind?
Should I use something like the Meguiars Ultimate compound and
if not what can I use?
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Post by Clayton on October 11th 2009, 8:20 pm

What would the best polisihing compound to use?
Could you suggest some names for me.
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Post by retired plumber on October 12th 2009, 12:08 am

It depends on what you are doing. Is it the first buff after sanding or the final polish before wax? Meguiars is good as are several others. 3m also comes to mind but I don't know what they have in Oz.
Basically there are three levels of rubbing compounds from heavy to light and polishing compounds are the final that removes the rubbing compound cloudiness (It still shines but could be a bit clearer).
To answer your question, use what ever brand you want (or can get) because they are basically all the same and do the same thing. Just follow the directions on the label. The counter man at the store can point you in the right direction. Good luck.
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Post by Clayton on October 12th 2009, 1:07 am

Hey
I went out today and bought a RA Orbital buffer, some polishing bonnets and K&H Buff N Shine Cutting Compound (also a polishing compound) it is made by 3M.















Would using polishing bonnets with the Cutting Compound be OK or should I get some different ones for the buffer.
Also just tell me any advice or if I have bought the wrong thing so I can take it back for a refund.
I have never used a buffer before so any techniques or tips will help out so much.

Any advice would be great
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Post by retired plumber on October 12th 2009, 10:57 am

That should work but you want to use a different bonnet for each compound. I would have gotten a re4gular verible speed buffer that would do it all tho. I'm sure this will work fine for polishing tho. It will take a little longer because you can't push down. What you have is a light duty buffer.
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Post by RoboGeek on October 12th 2009, 12:34 pm

thats about the type I used.. its a little easier to use because it doesn't take as much off - but he's right - it will take a little longer
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Post by Clayton on October 12th 2009, 3:26 pm

So I will still be able to use this cutting compound with this buffer but it will just take longer am I right.
Also will I be able to use the polishing bonnets with the cutting compound?
Otherwise if you guys recommend I can take it back but it is all your say as I don't really know much about buffers.

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Post by Clayton on October 12th 2009, 3:32 pm

Hey
I just remembered would you recommend taking this one back and getting this buffer




Beause I am heading ito town and can take it back and exchange it for this one just remember I want one that can do both polish and cut with ease so what do you guys say?

Here is the website for it

http://www.ozito.com.au/productinfo.aspx?prodid=SPG-160VK#


Thanks you have been so much help
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Post by RoboGeek on October 12th 2009, 5:09 pm

I prefer the orbital.. less chance of swirl marks, etc.

It wont take long before your good at either one. If you can afford it, get both. The rotary can be used for sanding too I'm sure..
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Post by Clayton on October 12th 2009, 5:15 pm

I just want to make sure that it is OK to use the Polishing Bonnets with the cutting compound will they work?
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Post by RoboGeek on October 12th 2009, 5:27 pm

yup
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Re: 1987 Subaru Leone Sedan Brightside

Post by retired plumber on October 12th 2009, 8:01 pm

Some tips for using the buffer.........
1...Always keep it moving.
2...Always have the pad spinning OFF an edge, NOT into it if using a rotary.
3...Let the weight of the buffer do the work. Don't push down on it.
4...If you like you can put tape on the corners and body creases and do them by hand untill you feel safe with the buffer. A bit more work but it will save you from learning some new words. (I know this from experience)
5...This buffer will cut slower than the rotary but in reality, if you have never done this before, that is a good thing.
6...Always use different bonnets for each grade of compound you are using.

I have the one in your second picture and thats all I use but I have been doing this for years. The orbital will work fine for you tho.
Good luck and keep the pictures comming.
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Re: 1987 Subaru Leone Sedan Brightside

Post by Clayton on October 13th 2009, 1:36 am

So I'll give it a go with the orbital buffer and polish up my car ands I'll post some pics of it after I've done it probably around the end of the week
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Post by Clayton on October 15th 2009, 4:49 am

Hey

I was visiting a auto one shop (car parts shop) and I told him about what I was doing and he said that there would be no point in using the orbital buffer as it would not provide the best finish and would take forever and he recommended hiring a good rotary buffer form a hire place. The guy has background work in painting cars (spray)
What would you guys think of this?
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Post by RoboGeek on October 15th 2009, 5:01 pm

mines plenty shiny... lol
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Post by retired plumber on October 15th 2009, 9:35 pm

The buffer you have is a light duty one and is usually used for waxing. The rotary is much more heavy duty and is the one auto painters use on a daily basis. You should be fine as long as you understand what you have and don't push it.
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Post by Clayton on October 18th 2009, 3:16 pm

So I took th orbital back and got a refund and next weekend I am going to rent a good rotary one (can't do it during the week cause school holidays have ended). I will post some pics of before polish and after.
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Post by retired plumber on October 18th 2009, 8:08 pm

Good luck.
One of the main things to remember is to have the pad spinning OFF an edge or body seam or moulding or put tape on them and do it by hand. This will save you from burning through the paint which is very easy to do there. I don't know why but paint tends to migrate away from edges so I always (each coat) hit the edges and seams first and then do a complete coat. This will give double paint (extra protection) on the problem areas.
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Post by retired plumber on October 18th 2009, 8:13 pm

When you rent the buffer get one with a veraible speed control and start at a low speed (1000) at first. You can speed up as your confidence builds. Too much speed or pressure WILL cause burn through. I never go over 3000rpm with mine and have found that 1500-2000rpm works best for me.
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Post by Clayton on October 19th 2009, 4:02 am

Thanks Mike you have been so much help.
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Post by Clayton on October 19th 2009, 4:01 pm

If anyone else has any tips or lessons on using a rotatary buffer they would be greatly appreciated as this is my first time buffing anything.

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Post by RoboGeek on October 19th 2009, 5:29 pm

just watch the edges.. you can burn through fast.
But the good thing is with this type paint its easy to repair if you do!
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Re: 1987 Subaru Leone Sedan Brightside

Post by Clayton on October 22nd 2009, 1:35 am

Hi
I am thinking of painting stripes on my subaru.
Should I buff the white paint job or paint the stripes before buffing
and buff it all together?



Also I am trying to decide between these 2 stripes
Any other stripes you guys think will look good post a pic of them and we will try and decide.

Yenko Stripes






2 Stripe (mustang style)










Any help and advice will be great
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Post by Clayton on October 23rd 2009, 1:24 am

BUMP
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Post by retired plumber on October 23rd 2009, 11:09 am

I would buff them all at once. Try to find some clear, spray can at least, and put some along the edges of the stripes so when you buff there wont be a transition edge between the colors that you can feel.
I don't really care for stripes so I won't comment on those.
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