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Old 12-12-2016, 08:34 PM   #1
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Hand polishing very light swirls - what to buy?

Had my Stealth Grey Focus ST 11 months from new and the paint is still in great nick and is well looked after, however there's a few light surface scratches built up from washing.

I haven't machine polished before however I can do all the decontamination no probs. I feel they are so light they will lift with just a hand polish and tbh I really don't want to pay for a machine polish when it won't be necessary.

The question is, what polish would be best for the job and should I get a particular pad or pads? A friend of mines had a polish a few years back that was very 'gritty' and used to lift off light scratches well when applied with a soft pad and wiped off with a microfibre. Can't remember the name of it though!

Ive tried AutoGlym SRP. It's not bad but it doesn't seem to what I'm looking for (I guess being more a filler than a full cutting polish).

Any help appreciated!
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Old 12-12-2016, 08:40 PM   #2
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Autoglym srp is a filler polish and has no cut. Have a go with ultimate compound and a German applicator pad.
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Old 12-12-2016, 08:43 PM   #3
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First off welcome to the forum...

To be honest i would wait till winter over as come the spring if you do it now your likely to have more come the spring and want to do it again and each time thinking the lacquer.

You could stick with the arp as you have it to act as a filler to hide them and this time of year dull weather can well hide the scratches anyway or even a wax can hide light scratches, hazing etc.

If its a daily driver rather than a show vehicle i would hang fire and even if show vehicle wait till the show season.

Its your choice however.

Firmer pads can give more cut by hand.
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Old 12-12-2016, 11:37 PM   #4
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Same as above ^^^^ wait till the winter is over till you want to remove them by hand. Just concentrate on protection first.
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Old 13-12-2016, 01:29 PM   #5
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Try Bilt Hamber Cleanser Polish. It's a really effective combination of cleaning, filling, (very) slight cut, and leaving a nice layer of protection that you can top with pretty much any LSP you like (or leave as is - although standalone durability is not amazing).
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Thanks all for the replies. On another forum a few members recommended G Techniq P1 Nano, so I've bought some of that. I did read however that Bilt Hamber stuff is pretty good as well, so one for next time

I was considering waiting till the spring, although the car is getting stripped down to the bare paint anyway so I thought it give it a go.
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