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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Rotary Buffing Write-Up

Hi there fellow visitors, many many many apologies for not updating this site for a long time as I am no longer on holiday and have resumed my studies, I do not have spare time to detail anymore cars. I might and will get back on it as soon as my holiday returns and meanwhile I've got a panel to practise my machine on. Hopefully, I will improve my skills in order to serve you better. Thank you.

Below is a write-up I posted on Meguiar's Online and Meguair's Online Malaysia

here is the link to the thread in Meguiar's Online(MOL):

http://www.meguiarsonline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=20602

and below is what has been typed, visit the thread on MOL for clearer pictures. Thank You

Hi all!
A few months after purchasing my Rotary Buffer (Makita 9227c), I haven't really had the chance to use it yet, I fear that I might cause buffer swirls, holograms or paint burns, I didn't dare to use it on a car.

So I went and bought a scrap panel! It's from a Perodua Kancil...
Colour is Metallic Grey(or so I thought).

recently being inspired by the flawless finish produced by the guys at Hypercoat, I got fired up to try it out myself.

I mean, "How hard could it be???"

So this is the condition of the panel when I bought it, lots of dust and dirt.
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Giving it a good wash with Meguiar's All Purpose Cleaner and a sponge.

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The underside got sprayed with Safe D-Greaser and agitated with a brush.
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Imported from Japan.
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This is the panel that has been washed and clayed.It doesn't look that bad...
Nothing some ColorX can't fix:laughing .
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Switch on the Halogen light. WOAH! wheee
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Taped up half of the hood.
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Lay a line of M83 Dual-Action Cleaner Polish
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Polish it with W-8006 polishing pad at speed 1 (600rpms)
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At this point, all the stains and oxidized paint was cleaned up, but still had way to many defects.

round 2,
lay some more DACP
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big mistake, too much product, caused splatter.
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only a small improvement
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and defects like this weren't going away,
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So I took out my new sanding pad, wrapped it with 1500 grit sandpaper.
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And tried to sand it out
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Then I got greedy.
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Gave it a pass of DACP
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woah! even more swirls than the second pass of DACP.
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Cleaned the pad with a nylon brush, you could see dust shooting out from the pad.
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Gave it another pass of DACP, this lessened the swirls, but the deeper defects are still not moving.
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Sanded some areas with deep defects,
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After a pass of DACP, still had some sanding marks.
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Other areas were improving.
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The heavy rain was blowing droplets of water into my working area, so I had to delay for a while.
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Came back gave it a pass of M80 Speed Glaze with W-8006 pad.
had some terrible buffer swirls in some areas.
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So I switched to a W-9006 Finishing Pad, polished with M80 at 600 rpms.
Sweeet! This got rid of the buffer swirls and left a nice clear finish.
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Being satisfied for now, I waxed it with M21 Synthetic Sealant, followed by M26 Hi-Tech Yellow Wax.

While waiting for the wax to dry, I removed the taped up area.

Not much of a difference...
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wait, switch on the light.

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After
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Before
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After
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wheeeeeeee
:) Thank You very much for reading this write up.

"How hard could it be?" - Hard.....
what should I do to achieve a finish like this
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Here are some pictures of the panel under natural lighting conditions.
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It looks good but isn't perfect, as seen in this reflection Image hosted by servimg.com

My question is, how do I get rid of those [B]deep[/B] defects?

Here is a summary of steps taken :

M83/W-8006/600 rpms
M83/W-8006/600 rpms
'Wetsand' entire panel
M83/W-8006/600rpms
'Wetsand' areas with deep defects
M83/W-8006/600rpms
M80/W-8006/600rpms
M80/W-9006/600rpms
M21 by hand
M26 by hand


All comments, advice, critiques, are very welcomed! thanks in advance!

1 comments:

buffing pads 7:02 AM  

It looks good, it could have taken you days to get that look with ordinary buffing pads

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