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Old 01-14-2013, 08:32 PM   #1
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2010 WRX
Spark Silver

Default Got a PC7424XP for Xmas, Q's after first use

Hey All! My wife got me a Porter Cable 7424XP polisher package from Autogeek.net. It came with some Optimum polishes and sealant with Lake country pads. Obviously I'm new to the whole polishing thing, but after my first use I just want to get confirmation on what I think is happening. I used the following combos:

Washed an clayed car
Optimum Compound II with orange pad
Optimum Polish II with white pad
Opti-Seal with black pad

Before all this I had some visible water spots on the hood and roof as well as a line from the drips coming from the side view mirror. The claybar took car of most of it, but there looks like there might have been some etching. After going through all the polishes as described by the autogeek website, and other resources I can still see some of the etched spots. My guess is that maybe I went too fast with the Compound and didn't let it work, or that my sections were too big (eg hood was 4 different sections). I don't have a paint meter, and don't see myself getting one. Should I just go back over those sections again with the compound and work them longer? Should I step up to the next cutting pad (yellow)?

Any help would be much appreciated! Thanks!
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Old 01-15-2013, 10:21 AM   #2
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I believe Chemical Guys sells a water spot remover. I think heavy compounding would take some of it out, but probably not all.
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