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Old 13-08-2010, 08:50 PM   #1
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What multilayer PTG? What plastic reader PTG?

I am in the market for a good option in purchasing a Multilayer PTG, i know it is costly but i have many clients with repainted panels and it is a bit scary to work on them not knowing how thick the last layer is.

Also i quite need something to read the plastic bumpers, as these are a pain in the "rear side" to work on, u never know ho deep can you go before you run out of lacquer

Thanks in advance for your replies.

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Old 14-08-2010, 10:41 AM   #2
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Delfesco Positector 200

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Old 14-08-2010, 11:00 AM   #3
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eeeek £2109 inc vat!!!
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Old 14-08-2010, 11:00 AM   #4
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That's what I'm looking at. Seems a bitter pill to swallow, but business demands one..
Maybe a group buy on one..

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Old 14-08-2010, 11:07 AM   #5
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200A is the one to go for, there ok not the best readings and can be a bit hit n miss, the split layer function is unlikely to get you consistent readings due to how vehicles are painted these days, the only real benefit is the ablity to get readings on plastic (i have 2 200a's and a 200 standard)
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Old 14-08-2010, 11:19 AM   #6
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Thanks james b, on that advice you may well of saved me £500. How accurate do you find yours. What with a lot of companies using plastic panels now, like BMW, so one of these is going to be a must for the professional detailers..

I do a lot of BMW's and got a few lotuses coming up, so need to invest. At least it is £1500 - £2k I won't have to pay tax on..

How out do you find your 200a to be. I do like the look of the multi-layer, or is it just a gimmick. Clear coat measurement would be good, but I guess you can test the usual places like inner door shuts to see how thick the paint is at its thinnest point..

I can only find 200b and 200c, where did you get your a from. Or are you talking about standard and advanced..

How accurate are the 200 on metals, as I could sell my metal ptg to help fund the 200..

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I do lots of composite bodied cars, to be fair i find my self reaching for the 200s over 200a, 200a for me i dont put my full faith in the split layer reading, and its fussy to set up (gates etc) i get the odd car the A works well on, and it gives me a decent indication of layers but i till take the readings with a pinch of salt.

Saying that id not be without any of my PTGs, some cars i work on are worth serious money and i want to eliminate as much guess work as possible, but even with this type of equipment you still have to make educated an educated guess from time to time, they dont fully remove risk and they certainly dont make polishing 100% fail safe.
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Old 14-08-2010, 11:36 AM   #8
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Thanks again James, looks like it's the 200 standard then. I guess I haven't had the need for multi-layer reader yet, my ptg just gives standard total reading, but as you say has saved my skin on a few pre-machined cars. Had a few come in with strike through already present. And that's where experience comes in..

Have you used it on metals, and with what success..
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i have a 6000 for metal, but i tend to use my old PTG more than any other, 200a on metal is again hit n miss, you may get the odd good reading, 6000 is a good bit of kit, reason i have these is for the paint reports etc, as all the data can be downloaded.

If im just going around a car before working, i always use my standard gauge (like the PD8) its quick and easy to use and gives me the info i want.
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always helpful james

so, you have a PD8 (like most people) and use that more than all the others you have?

i really wanted to upgrade my paint gauge next ,and wa sunsure as to what to go for. which 6000 do you have? they have looooooads listed
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