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Old 09-01-2010, 09:11 PM   #1
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First off, let me start by saying that i did detailing for 6 years while in college but, i have been out of the game for 5+ years. So, i am not new to this by any means. I am looking to get some quality detailing products but, i am not sure what vendor to use. I need to pick up some wool pads for cutting and some foam pads for polishing in addition to some polishing and wax products.

I already have a 7'' buffer with the velcro attachment and i need to remove the swirls from my new wrx. (the dealer washed the car with dirty mitts and at night, the swirls really come out) and being VERY anal, its driving me nuts.

This is what i am looking for and what i want to do...

1) wash and clay the car (i have all the supplies to do so)
2) use meguiars ultimate compound with a cutting pad-foam or wool (i need to purchase)
3) polish with a good foam pad and polish product (also need to purchase both)
4) seal it all off with a good wax product that offers good protection, looks and durability.

Again, i have been out of this realm but, i have always had good luck with the meguiars stuff and budget friendly is good. Their site shows some heavy, medium and polising pads for good prices plus the nxt and gold class all have solid reputations.

Any advice on websites and products to buy that are better that meguiars but close to that price range?
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Old 09-01-2010, 09:24 PM   #2
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If you are proficient with a rotary(what I think you mean when you say 7inch buffer) I would say you're only limitation is what backing plate you have for pad size. I think most vendors carry a variation of backing plates but I would think you would need a smaller one for the tighter areas(A pillars, bumper curvers etc..). But another questions is what make/model of 7 inch polisher is it?

For DA use however, I have yet to find products that correct as well and as fast, and finish down as nicely as meguiars #105 and #205, they work fast and can be extended as far as polishing time quite easily. Meguiars really stepped up the level on DA polishing(and rotary) when they created these products.

As far as Subaru paint, we have been very lucky to have corrected a ton of them and as far wool, with a Subaru paint, reallyl the only reason you might need it is removing wetsanding scratches. Subaru paint is that soft that it corrects very fast and very nicely with even just medium level aggressive products.

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Old 09-01-2010, 10:56 PM   #3
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....also note that if you're talking about a rotary, Meguiars UC may not work so well for you. It is intended as a retail product that is meant to be applied by hand or DA. It is from the same SMAT (super micro abrasive technology) family as Meguiars M105 and M205 mentioned above from their professional line but tailored for the consumer. ....same as Scratch-X 2.0 and Swirl-X.
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Old 09-01-2010, 11:00 PM   #4
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They are a vender on here and offer free shipping over $49 bucks for a labor day sale. I think they are the best prices around
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Old 09-01-2010, 11:02 PM   #6
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I have hurd some bad reviews from there. Dont know if there true but just an FYI.
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I have hurd some bad reviews from there. Dont know if there true but just an FYI.
....there are a handful of disgruntled folks on the detailing forums who make it their mission to bash AG every chance they get. I'm not saying that they don't have cause to complain, but it certainly hasn't been my personal experience after several years and a few thousand in purchases from them.

PBMA is a large company. There are many others who have had a good experiences dealing with them and there are those who have not. Personally, I haven't heard an abnormally large number of negative reviews to make me tell people they should be concerned about AG's service but YMMV. Either way, there are plenty of vendors out there to choose from if you're worried.
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Old 09-01-2010, 11:26 PM   #9
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Thanks for all the help and as of right now, i am actually more concerned with what i should get versus where i should get it from after a few PM's with some well educated helpful detailing members!

So, far it seems as if i first need to get a better back plate for my rotary. My current is 6.5 inches across on and the junk pad it came with is 7 inches leaving not much of a safety cushion between the back plate and paint. But, that would mean going to a 8 inch or more pad which is just to big for my needs IMHO. I am thinking of getting a more standard back plate that will have more pad options. Also, i think i should can my over the counter stuff and get some new products. Like a good compound, polish, wax in addition to some good pads.

I have found out that there is no need for the heavy cutting wool pads on the soft subaru paint and an assortment of medium cutting, polishing and finishing foam pads should do the trick.

My goal here is not to be a professional and work on other peoples cars, just simply make the vehicles i own look their best. I usually fully clean the car once a week and wax once a month. so, my goal here is to have the products needed for some paint repairs when needed and overall keeping the paint in tip top shape.
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