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Old 04-04-2012, 09:08 AM   #1
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Default DA polisher technique

I have a PC 7424. I have much less concern regarding burning the paint as opposed to my 6" grinder/polisher and am generally pleased with how well the DA works.

My question is regarding the use of polishes on the foam pad. Normally I am trying to remove light scratching and have been using a 3M liquid polish and a Meguiar's scratch remover on an orange Lake Country pad (5"). I have noticed that after a few applications of polish, some dry polish starts to accumulate on the pad and some hazing of the paint starts to occur. With a wool bonnet, I removed excess polish with a screw driver tip. How do you ensure that the pad does not become fouled with dry polish? (I do use the pad conditioner and cleaner but maybe not often enough?)

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Old 04-04-2012, 10:42 AM   #2
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I have a PC 7424. I have much less concern regarding burning the paint as opposed to my 6" grinder/polisher and am generally pleased with how well the DA works.

My question is regarding the use of polishes on the foam pad. Normally I am trying to remove light scratching and have been using a 3M liquid polish and a Meguiar's scratch remover on an orange Lake Country pad (5"). I have noticed that after a few applications of polish, some dry polish starts to accumulate on the pad and some hazing of the paint starts to occur. With a wool bonnet, I removed excess polish with a screw driver tip. How do you ensure that the pad does not become fouled with dry polish? (I do use the pad conditioner and cleaner but maybe not often enough?)

Thanks!
First, it sounds like you may be overworking the product. You don't want it to dry as you are still trying to buff. If you find what you are using now doesn't give you enough work time, there are other products that might suit your needs. ....you can sometimes mist a bit of water on the pad to help extend that time.

There are several ways to help remove build up on your pads so you can use them longer on your project. A balled up portion of a towel held tightly in your hand provides a way to transfer product off of the pad by running the DA while the towel is moved across the surface of the pad. There are also task-specific tools like hand held spurs by Lake Country and other manufacturers.

Another option (which I typically choose to do myself) is to simply switch to a new pad. I have several of each type that I use most and will toss loaded pads into a bucket of cleaning solution as I am working. .....grabbing a fresh one from my cabinet)
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Old 04-05-2012, 10:26 AM   #3
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Thanks! Will change procedure and get additional pads.
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Old 04-06-2012, 12:22 AM   #4
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Also there are bags you can buy that will keep the pads moist so it doesn't dry the polish
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Old 04-06-2012, 12:47 AM   #5
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use optimum sprays, srsly.

both have pretty much infinite working times. you only need a little bit and it'll work forever. both are very pad-type sensitive, meaning, the even the polish will cut hard and fast with an aggressive pad. yet...finish absolutely perfectly using a no cut pad.

they don't dust and while it seems like a lot of money for the bottles, you only need to put the nozzle to the pad and slightly squeeze in a few spots to prime the pad properly. and again, since it works for a looooooooong time, you don't need to keep reapplying product.

anyway, to me...it sounds like you might be using way too much product however those particular products might just be prone to having short ass working times and thus...cause what you are seeing. make sure the backing plate is spinning when you are making your passes (putting a sharpie mark on the edge of the plate is a nice indicator) - use very little pressure, especially with an orange pad. let everything do its thing.

good luck.
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Old 04-06-2012, 12:35 PM   #6
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Wire brush. Put PC 7424 on speed 5, hold wire brush to pad, remove excess dried polish. I typically do this after each panel, I also agree with Kean you need to change your pads more often. Generally I'll use 3 to 4 of each color and size on a car per detail.
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Old 04-06-2012, 11:06 PM   #7
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Thats weird because I just polished my car with the same DA and pad but I used Pinnacle in lieu of 3M. I did not have a problem with polish caking on the pad. I applied an "X" on the pad, rubbed it in and turned on the polisher (speed 6). I only did one little section at a time. The hood was 6 sections, doors were 3.
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Old 04-06-2012, 11:49 PM   #8
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Based on the comments, I likely overworked the polish.
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Old 04-19-2012, 11:38 PM   #9
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First, it sounds like you may be overworking the product. You don't want it to dry as you are still trying to buff. If you find what you are using now doesn't give you enough work time, there are other products that might suit your needs. ....you can sometimes mist a bit of water on the pad to help extend that time.

There are several ways to help remove build up on your pads so you can use them longer on your project. A balled up portion of a towel held tightly in your hand provides a way to transfer product off of the pad by running the DA while the towel is moved across the surface of the pad. There are also task-specific tools like hand held spurs by Lake Country and other manufacturers.

Another option (which I typically choose to do myself) is to simply switch to a new pad. I have several of each type that I use most and will toss loaded pads into a bucket of cleaning solution as I am working. .....grabbing a fresh one from my cabinet)
This, also I have heard that if you are using something with a short working time some mineral oil will work wonders but have not personally tried it so I cannot vouch for it...
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