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    Buffing mistake (with pics)



    So, I clearly did something wrong here on this side of the car. I've detailed quite a few times, but not black cars before. Every other section around the car looks great. How does this effect happen? Did I use too much of the meguiars ultimate compound or the meguiars polish? What I did was use the compound, wipe it off, the use the polish. I did not use any wax. Didn't really have the time.

    Anyone suggest something I can do? Thanks

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    UPDATE: just found out these marks are called "halograms". You get them by using the edge of the pad, which I remember doing because of the angle I was on for that side.
    Any suggestions on which materials to use would be much appreciated.


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    Re: Buffing mistake (with pics)

    You can use a Dual action polisher and Meguiars Ultimate compound to remove those hologram. Ultimate compound is not suitable wit rotary polisher by the way.

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    You don't necessarily need a dual action. A very fine foam pad and swirl remover will leave no swirls at all. I do it that way all the time, even on dark/black cars.

    That said, the marks pictured are from improper technique (no offense intended). You need to go over it again with the polish, and keep the buffer flat. Keep in mind that even then, you will see swirl marks on a black car.

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    Re: Buffing mistake (with pics)

    I think for now it would be better to have it done by a pro. And ask for some tips how to maintain it.

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    Maintain it by either using only completely touch less car washes, or hand washing with lambs wool or microfiber wash mitts (and drying it with microfiber towels). Wax every so often (microfiber wax pads and towels). I do it monthly, but every 2-3 is fine.

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    Re: Buffing mistake (with pics)

    It would be better if you would use a 2 bucket method in every wash. And make sure to get the best protection always.

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    I use the "grit guard" in a bucket. Or at least I used to. A good touch less wash opened near me a while back.

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    Re: Buffing mistake (with pics)

    Kinda forgot about this thread. I repaired it. I used a foam pad with polish and came right off.

    Thanks, guys

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    Re: Buffing mistake (with pics)

    The joys of black cars.

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    Did you claybar before polishing?

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    Re: Buffing mistake (with pics)

    www.gritguard.com

    Worth their weight in gold. Pick up the drywall mud buckets at any home construction site. The excess dried stuff washes out with clear water.

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    Re: Buffing mistake (with pics)

    Quote Originally Posted by REALTORBENJAMIN View Post
    Did you claybar before polishing?
    I found an even better product after using claybars for years... It's called NanoSkin. Nowhere near as labor-some and 3-4 times faster.


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