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      10-21-2010, 09:58 PM   #1
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need help with polishing my car

So I don't have a polisher and I was wondering what product I should use if I decide to do it by hand. Or is that a bad idea? Any suggestions? It's my first time polishing my car.
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You'll be working all day if you do it by hand and have very little to show for it. Use the machine (hopefully a random orbital since you're new).
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      10-21-2010, 10:32 PM   #3
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so you're saying it's not worth doing it by hand?
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      10-21-2010, 11:30 PM   #4
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cut your lawn grass with scissors , and come back tell us how your scratches got removed by hand polish!

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so you're saying it's not worth doing it by hand?
That is exactly what I'm saying. You will work your butt off and feel like you accomplished nothing.
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      10-21-2010, 11:47 PM   #6
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i should get one of those polisher machines then huh... any recommendations?
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      10-22-2010, 01:43 AM   #7
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Buy some Klasse All In One (AIO), a large sponge, and a few MF towels.

After washing and drying, apply a more-than-suggested amount of AIO to the sponge and apply it to a section (half the hood, a door) and go over the area a dozen or so times. After letting the AIO dry to a haze (10 minutes), try to remove it with a MF towel. If you're not able to remove it all, go back over areas with the sponge (the AIO in the sponge will turn the dry residue back to a liquid) and then start buffing with a MF towel. Repeat this process twice.

After you do the entire car, go back and look for scratches and imperfections; apply and remove the AIO (sponge in one hand, dry MF in the other) until you remove/lighten the problem area.

If you follow this process, you'll likely be pretty pleased with the result. It will take at least three hours.

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i should get one of those polisher machines then huh... any recommendations?
This is a decent starter package:

http://www.detailedimage.com/DI-Pack...205-pads-P438/

I would add a clay bar and a sealant like blackfire wet diamond as well.
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