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  • Test panel shot: first attempt at using a rotary (FWIW)

    Here's a photo of my first attempt at using a rotary. Panel is from a black Ford Festiva.
    Products:
    Mothers pre-wax cleaner on both sides equally by hand
    SSR 2.5
    Classic Edge Green. (sorry - I had said Blue here initially, but it was Green. I did do a bit of polishing with SSR 1.0 and Blue as a first step, but wasn't going to mention that for the sake of brevity, because switching to the SSR 2.5 would presumably "undo" that work to a large extent)



    Greg.

  • #2
    Nice job!
    Wax `Em Auto Detailing
    Perth Western Australia

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    • #3
      looks the goods..

      Thats a black panel?
      Phantom 2006 VZ SS

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      • #4
        Thanks.

        Yes, black - doesn't look jet black because of the photo exposure & very bright halogens. Might take the panel outdoors and get a more natural photo and see how shiny it really is.

        Greg.

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        • #5
          Good job, is gratifying when you do your first corretion and it turs out good. My Black VX looks brown :? in bright light on different angles.

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          • #6
            great stuff greg

            how do u find a rotary to control? weird?

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            • #7
              Boys and their new toys :roll:

              :P

              Looking good

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              • #8
                Originally posted by brendans225
                how do u find a rotary to control? weird?
                So far it seems fine, although a relatively flat bonnet is probably a lot easier than other parts of the vehicle. Note that I'm not experienced with any kind of machine polishing at all yet. As I have said before I didn't have any success with a ROB when I tried it but I may revisit it on friendlier paint at some stage. But I like the smoothness of the rotary and the lack of vibration - I think it would be cool if I could master it.

                Greg.

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                • #9
                  looks good !
                  was it intimidating for a first time ?

                  from the videos i've seen, it seems like with a rotary people move much quicker ? would be good to know whats the correct method...

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by buja
                    looks good !
                    was it intimidating for a first time ?
                    Being a test panel, I wasn't at all worried about damaging it, of course. The main issue was that because I had only made things WORSE when I had used a ROB, I was sort of anxious about how much practise I would have to do (with any machine) to get a result. I.e, it seemed like there might be something wrong with me, because everyone else seemed to be able to do it.

                    from the videos i've seen, it seems like with a rotary people move much quicker ? would be good to know whats the correct method...
                    Yes, I know what you mean, and I have read that one can move quicker with a rotary. However, I found that I got the best results when I moved quite slowly (although still not quite as slowly as is recommended for a ROB) - I don't think I was breaking down the polish fully when I moved faster. Anyway early days yet.

                    The faster speed is another reason I am keen about the rotary. In order to get a lot of practise, I think I will have to polish other people's cars. And if I'm going to do that, I want to do it as quickly and as quietly as possible. (yes, I have a vague plan to perhaps go semi-professional at some stage, to pay for the hobby etc)

                    Greg.

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