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  • About to do my first machine polish (all advice greatly appreciated)

    Hey all.

    About to tackle my first machine polish. Going to start on the old girls 08 jimny.

    I didnít want to spend much Incase I donít like it or just suck. I got a cheapie knock off da polisher( plan to upgrade to a shinemate or similar if I get the itch to Pursue the hobbie.

    Would really appreciate any info you guys can shed, Ive been watching as many YouTube vids on my lunch break as possible aswell as stalking this group

    I have ordered s20 and a few Scholl blue spider pads from waxit along with poor boys world ex-p and sm black pads. Also bowdens fine clay towel and Iíll get some ipa from Bunnings.

    Do you guys think s20 will bring the car up ok?

    Iíve sussed how to clean pads with apc, grit guard and pressure cleaner but I do have compressed air on hand would that be a better way to clean on the fly? If so whatís the method?

    Do I need to ipa the whole car before the sealant goes on? Also whatís the best ratio ? I see 10-25% a lot on the net

    Would I be correct in assuming suzuki paint is soft?

    Any other tips you guys can think of to help me out.

    Any help greatly appreciated guys, thanks
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    Last edited by Jasol; 31-10-2017, 10:31 PM. Reason: Pics

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    https://ibb.co/jNnYdG
    https://ibb.co/gT6n5w
    https://ibb.co/kxNoCb
    https://ibb.co/j2V8Cb

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    • #3
      Mate the S20 will make that car look a million times better.

      Just remember that S20 is a diminishing polish so you need to work small areas as the polish starts off with larger particles and they get smaller as you work it. So it will do it's cutting stage then work its way down as it refines. If you do too large of an area or dont work an area long enough it wont break down in that area so you will end up with some of the panel as a cut then another part of the panel as a finishing polish and will have mixed results. It is ok to wash out your pads up a tap as you probably dont have enough clean pads to just put them aside to do a whole car. Just wash the pad and put the machine in a bucket with the clean pad and start her up to spin the water out of the pad and reapply new polish for the new panel.

      Suzuki paint is probably soft so with the S20 if you dont break it down you will get some hazing, thats ok, you just need to keep going till its broken down.

      Just be patient

      IPA of ~15% is good

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      • #4
        Thanks heaps for that mate Appreciate it. I was planing to try work with 40x40cm areas and just take my time. I canít possibly make the car look any worse. She never washes it and itís a full time outdoor car with cats etc jumping on it. Perfect car to start on one this isnít cared about haha.

        With the jimny it has plastic lower sections and wheel flakes, they are 2k painted same as the rest of it are they ok to polish?
        so itís ok to use a slightly damp pad then?
        cheers

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Jasol View Post
          Thanks heaps for that mate Appreciate it. I was planing to try work with 40x40cm areas and just take my time. I canít possibly make the car look any worse. She never washes it and itís a full time outdoor car with cats etc jumping on it. Perfect car to start on one this isnít cared about haha.

          With the jimny it has plastic lower sections and wheel flakes, they are 2k painted same as the rest of it are they ok to polish?
          so itís ok to use a slightly damp pad then?
          cheers
          No worries mate, 40x40 sounds good

          Damp pad is a-ok, wet not so good, mobile guys on hot days use water spray bottles to extent the life of the polishes

          I'm not sure what you mean by plastic lower sections, got some photos?

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          • #6
            The lower section (kind of flares out to make them look tuff haha)
            https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...i_Jimny_01.jpg
            its plastic painted

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            • #7
              If it's factory painted it's just like any other plastic bumper

              If unsure do a small test panel or try and borrow a paint depth guage

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              • #8
                Thanks mate

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                • #9
                  hi
                  polish compound in shade eg fold down gazebo
                  tape of with painters tape all around f/r screens ,over door glass rubber seals ,lights headlight /tail light /blinkers , door handles
                  Taping saves compound being impregnated into material ,saves polish from burn SAVES CLEANUP
                  USE A WATER SPRAY bottle of reasonable quality , spray pads lightly prior to use , spray panel light mist prior to compounding

                  After 1/ compounding 2/ polishing ,, I then wash and wipe and chamois car to remove excess left over compound etc also helps remove smears etc . This can be helped with a home pressure washer around door / window seals /handles etc
                  Then install protection coatings eg wax

                  Then with detailing spray and tooth brush remove all remaining compound debris , if u have cleaned well prior this does not take long .

                  REMEMBER 1X PAD =1x compound **************** [ donot cross contaminate ]***********
                  REMEMBER 1X cloth use and clean

                  equipment
                  1x 20lt bucket
                  12 at least 40cm x 40cm x micro fibre g/p rags use once and wash in washing machine
                  painters tape
                  quality spray bottles 1x water 1x detailer etc
                  non aggressive car wash
                  good chamosis
                  car wheel brush a decent one with a long thick plastic handle

                  The s20 I used with a yellow shine mate pad rectified only minor scratches on black I did not use it
                  Went back to the Rupes blue compound then followed up with Rupes yellow polish . This worked better .
                  The S20 in my case removed little needs a harder pad. I suspect as advertised its only an intermediate system

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