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Old 23-07-2018, 12:55 AM   #1
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Good, easy to use polish/compound for first-time polisher?

Hi all, I wanted to have a crack at correcting the swirls in one of my cars' paint and my friend kindly lent me his machine polisher but I'm not sure what would be a good compound to try? Ideally something versatile that I would feel safe and confident with; I've got some Meg's Ultimate Compound but not sure if that would be too aggressive? I feel like it would be better to start off with something gentle maybe? Thanks
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Old 23-07-2018, 02:23 AM   #2
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Hi,

I'd advise starting with a finishing polish or a pre wax cleanser on a finishing pad for your first time using an machine polisher.

My personal recommendation would be to try some Dodo juice supernatural micro prime. It is a great performing and forgiving product ideal for a beginner.
It's nice and fluid with good lubrication so doesn't dry out too quick giving you more time to concentrate on how to handle the machine and hone your technique.

Once your comfortable using the machine you can move onto more aggressive pads and polishes/compounds until you achieve the level of correction desired.

Good luck
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Old 23-07-2018, 10:03 AM   #3
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Hi all, I wanted to have a crack at correcting the swirls in one of my cars' paint and my friend kindly lent me his machine polisher but I'm not sure what would be a good compound to try? Ideally something versatile that I would feel safe and confident with; I've got some Meg's Ultimate Compound but not sure if that would be too aggressive? I feel like it would be better to start off with something gentle maybe? Thanks
Brian from Apex Detailing has just done a test of Ultimate Compound. Check it out.

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If you think that is to much cut for what you need, maybe try something that is a bit more pad dependant like Scholl S20 Black or Sonax EX 04-06. You can start with a polishing pad and go up to a cutting pad if needed.

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I'd go with the Megs Ultimate Compound. I started with that myself and came across no problems using up the bottle. Use it on a light/medium polishing pad and you should get a good level of cut to remove the swirls but it will also finish down nicely.

Could grab a bottle of the ultimate polish from halfords also if you like to then go over again as a finishing stage if you wanted.

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First time I ever used a DA was with Sonax profiline perfect finish as its not to abrasive but gives great results on a car with light marring as mine had been polished about a year before

https://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/sonax...nish-profiline
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Or try out koch chemie polishes. They are great with no dusting.
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I'd go with the Megs Ultimate Compound. I started with that myself and came across no problems using up the bottle. Use it on a light/medium polishing pad and you should get a good level of cut to remove the swirls but it will also finish down nicely.

Could grab a bottle of the ultimate polish from halfords also if you like to then go over again as a finishing stage if you wanted.

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Thanks for all the advice, guys

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I'd go with the Megs Ultimate Compound. I started with that myself and came across no problems using up the bottle. Use it on a light/medium polishing pad and you should get a good level of cut to remove the swirls but it will also finish down nicely.

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Ok, cool, sounds like I can have a go with the Ultimate Compound then Thanks for putting my mind at ease! Just scared of making things worse!
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Ok, cool, sounds like I can have a go with the Ultimate Compound then Thanks for putting my mind at ease! Just scared of making things worse!
As suggested by the others, Meg UC is a good choice for defects removal not ie too aggressive, get most jobs done and finishes down well.

How bad are the defects on your car and also what type of car and colour is it?
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As suggested by the others, Meg UC is a good choice for defects removal not ie too aggressive, get most jobs done and finishes down well.

How bad are the defects on your car and also what type of car and colour is it?
It's a BMW but resprayed in Midnight Purple, so Japanese paint; the defects are mainly swirls, the boot in particular, and the bonnet also has some swirls and very fine scratches. I'm extremely careful with it but dark colours are a nightmare
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