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Post by 86 stang on September 12th 2011, 5:55 pm

used my foam pad and compound two times and thats when i could see what i was after from the start bling
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Post by 68poncho on September 13th 2011, 12:14 am

yeah gonna finish the first coat with the foam pads tomarrow and do a second coat.Then on to some pure polish.Any suggestions on polish?
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Post by 68poncho on September 13th 2011, 4:10 pm

Well I went ahead an picked up some Ultimate Polish.So I will take pics after im done this evening with the first coat of compound with the foam pad.
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Post by 86 stang on September 13th 2011, 4:56 pm

that Ultimate Polish works well
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Post by stang_krazy on September 13th 2011, 10:19 pm

Stang/poncho I'm glad you too are getting a good gloss! thumbs up
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Post by 68poncho on September 13th 2011, 10:42 pm

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Post by 68poncho on September 13th 2011, 10:43 pm

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Post by 68poncho on September 13th 2011, 10:44 pm

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Post by 68poncho on September 13th 2011, 10:45 pm

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Post by 68poncho on September 13th 2011, 10:49 pm

Well thats one coat of U.C. with a wool pad and two coats with a foam pad.Tomarrow I'll put a coat of polish on her with the foam pads.After that I assume I can go ahead and wax right?Any suggestions on wax?
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Post by Tommy Hillbilly on September 13th 2011, 10:57 pm

Nah, you should leave the paint on there for like 6 months before waxing.
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Post by 68poncho on September 13th 2011, 11:02 pm

But if I dont wax it then anytime it rains or gets dirty an I gotta wash it will the polish be removed too?
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Post by retired plumber on September 13th 2011, 11:21 pm

Depends on what you call polish. Some call wax polish and some the other way around. You really don't want to do is seal the paint with wax for at least a month, preferably two because the paint is still degassing and if the gas is trapped by sealing with wax the finish can be degraded and look dull or milky.
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Post by 68poncho on September 14th 2011, 1:23 am

Sooo wait at least a month after I polish it to wax?Or at least a month after the final wetsand?
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Post by stang_krazy on September 14th 2011, 6:36 am

68poncho wrote:Well thats one coat of U.C. with a wool pad and two coats with a foam pad.Tomarrow I'll put a coat of polish on her with the foam pads.After that I assume I can go ahead and wax right?Any suggestions on wax?
Looks pretty good.

Here's a pic of the pure polish I told you about, apply by hand to a panel at a time and remove after done. Don't try to remove in a wipe, remember to skim over it. it takes 2 and often times 3 passes with a micro fiber towel to remove it. You can get it at auto zone or advance. It's about the best polish out there! And yes a polish will only last about 2 or 3 days by itself on your paint 5 at the most so reapply once a week. Do a side by side with the polish and see for your self how great the reflection will be! Post a couple pics.

http://www.autodetailingsolutions.net/m0716.html
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Post by snafu on September 14th 2011, 10:13 am

68poncho wrote:Sooo wait at least a month after I polish it to wax?Or at least a month after the final wetsand?

A month after you apply your last coat of paint is a good rule of thumb.

That Firebird is looking good!
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Post by 68poncho on September 14th 2011, 10:59 am

Thanx guys.To be honest Im sure its been at least a month since I put on the last coat of paint,closer to a month n a half what with workin and all.So Im thinkn after polishin Im gonna try n wax her just so the shine will last longer than a week at a time!Im sure theres already info on waxing and products but any more ideas would be great!Again thanx everybody for the support its been Really helpful!
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Re: painting my 68 firebird

Post by rmdhokie on September 14th 2011, 4:58 pm

Looks very good. well done.
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Re: painting my 68 firebird

Post by cac1967 on September 14th 2011, 5:36 pm

Look's great,glad it's working out!!!
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Post by stang_krazy on September 14th 2011, 11:07 pm

68poncho wrote:Thanx guys.To be honest Im sure its been at least a month since I put on the last coat of paint,closer to a month n a half what with workin and all.So Im thinkn after polishin Im gonna try n wax her just so the shine will last longer than a week at a time!Im sure theres already info on waxing and products but any more ideas would be great!Again thanx everybody for the support its been Really helpful!
If you ready to apply a wax or sealant and you think your paint has outgased go get a bottle of meguiars nxt 2.0 tech wax.
Here's some info on it and you can pick up a bottle or a can of the paste wax (I perfer the hand applied paste- cents )
http://www.autodetailingsolutions.net/g12718.html

Also remember, this is very important! when applying your LSP (last step product-wax or a sealant) always apply very very thin (alittle goes a long way) to where you can just barely see where you've applied it yourself.

And if your using a can of paste you should be able to do about 40 or so vehicles with that one can! Also apply in the shade. Now when you get good enough you should be able to wax the whole car and then go back to where you first started and do the finger swipe test to see if it's ready to remove yet.( with your pointer finger just put on the surface where you applied your wax/sealant and swipe across it, if it's smudgy or smears then it still needs to cure. If it's shiny/glossy then it's cured and ready to remove.

And it's recommended to try to wait at least 12 -14 hours in between your second coat of wax if you can but you don't have to,(when in a hurry go ahead and give another coat) YES two thin coats of wax. It provides even coverage and looks better to your eyes!


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Post by 68poncho on September 15th 2011, 12:13 am

Thanx for the tip!Any thoughts on my Ultimate Polish sitiation?What am I doing incorrectly?Why is it leaving swipes of polish that just wont rub out and what is with the weird milky spots in the paint after applying the polish?Maybe I should just be happy with the shine from the Ultimate C. and wax next?
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Post by 86 stang on September 15th 2011, 3:11 am

sounds like you applied to thick /i would go back over krazys post //the car look good thumbs up
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Post by stang_krazy on September 15th 2011, 7:20 am

68poncho wrote:Thanx for the tip!Any thoughts on my Ultimate Polish sitiation?What am I doing incorrectly?Why is it leaving swipes of polish that just wont rub out and what is with the weird milky spots in the paint after applying the polish?Maybe I should just be happy with the shine from the Ultimate C. and wax next?
How big of an area are you trying to work? Work on an area no more then a 24''X24''-over lap each pass by 50%-do at least 3 or 4 cover passes(apply in a verticle pass your24''X24'' remember to over lap by 50% that's your first pass, next do a horizontal pass and over lap by 50% your 2nd pass and back to your verticle pass on so on)

I believe your applying too much polish for it to be leaving the lines of polish, reapply with a round applicator on the lines and then remove as soon as you've applied to see if it's remove them(same way with a dried on polish or wax) Also when working with cleaner's & polishes you don't need to leave on, as soon as your done with with a section wipe off. (apply to your hood then say both front fenders then go back to your hood and remove the product and fenders).

Then you can do the roof and both doors, go back and remove product from thr roof then doors and so on. As for the milky spots, explain your process and just how you applied - pressure, did you apply alittle more on the milky spot and try to remove the spots? Post a pic if you can capture what your seeing.
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Post by 68poncho on September 15th 2011, 12:47 pm

Ill post a pic in a lil bit.So should I just apply the polish by hand then?I'll see if I can get the residue to come off today.But yeah I basically put it on the same way I put on the U.C. which went on and off pretty easily thats why Im stumped on what is goin on with the polish?
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Post by 68poncho on September 15th 2011, 10:29 pm

didnt get a chance to take any pics of the spots on the roof but put another coat of U.C. on her and she looks real good Was gonna see about puttin wax on next week when Im off.Still not sure what the hell happened with the polish but said screw it its shiney and Im ready to do somethin else on my days off ya know?So Ill get back with pics after wax!fingers crossed as usual!
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