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Old 27-07-2018, 01:01 PM   #1
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Beginner at machine detailing

Hi all,

So I知 just getting in to machine detailing and I致e just got a challenge da from Argos. I知 wondering what the best products are to start off.

I知 thinking about doing 1 stage to begin with and moving on from there.

Having used SRP for nearly 20 years by hand I知 a little confused what to use.

I知 thinking Sonax Profiline with an orange lake country pad; is this a good combo?

Any other suggestions what to use?

Thanks

Craig
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Old 27-07-2018, 01:08 PM   #2
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you can actually use the SRP you've been used too. That would be a great start as you are familiar with the product already rather than jumping into the minefield of products.

I'd also use a light cutting pad.

Once you have used Srp, you can start to work out what things you need better. eg, more cut, more cleaning, more fillers etc then look for a product or products to cater that.

When you get more confident you can move into different products with different pads for a multistage detail.
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Old 27-07-2018, 02:29 PM   #3
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Definitely give srp a go with a white or blue hexlogic pad
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Do you have any opinions on the Argos DA as of yet? I had a look at it before and for the price I thought it would be a good beginner polisher to use before spending serious cash. Thanks.
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Not used it yet but as soon as I do I’ll come back and give some comments.

They’re currently on offer at 」47.99 too!
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I'd appreciate that. Thank you.
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Ditto

My first time polishing was with Sonax profiline perfect finish, thats the one I would recommend.

I used it with an orange hex pad, it gave a great result on my Red Seat Ibiza (hard German paint) the car only had some light wash induced marring due to having a full paint correction back in 2016 and ive used safe wash methods ever since

I wouldn't use SRP it wont have enough cut, it will fill in the scratches more than remove them so in my eyes a waist of time.
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Hi all,

So I知 just getting in to machine detailing and I致e just got a challenge da from Argos. I知 wondering what the best products are to start off.

I知 thinking about doing 1 stage to begin with and moving on from there.

Having used SRP for nearly 20 years by hand I知 a little confused what to use.

I知 thinking Sonax Profiline with an orange lake country pad; is this a good combo?

Any other suggestions what to use?

Thanks

Craig
What type of car, year and colour is it?

And how bad are the defects on the paint?

What's your expectation of the end result? ie just to improve it to be noticeable or you are chasing perfection?
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My first time polishing was with Sonax profiline perfect finish, thats the one I would recommend.

I used it with an orange hex pad, it gave a great result on my Red Seat Ibiza (hard German paint) the car only had some light wash induced marring due to having a full paint correction back in 2016 and ive used safe wash methods ever since

I wouldn't use SRP it wont have enough cut, it will fill in the scratches more than remove them so in my eyes a waist of time.
Sorry but i can't agree that using srp would be a waste of time.
For a first time user it will let him get used to the feel of the polisher and show him a big difference than when done by hand.

When starting out the last thing you want is to use something with a cut and the chance to do damage.

Get the feel of the machine with as little a cut as possible until you feel confident enought to try polishes and compounds.
Always use the least aggressive first.
Try and get a bonnet or wing from a scrappy to practice on.
Watch plenty of videos on youtube.
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What type of car, year and colour is it?

And how bad are the defects on the paint?

What's your expectation of the end result? ie just to improve it to be noticeable or you are chasing perfection?
Car is a 2011 Black Ford Focus with minor to medium swirls with quite a few scratches that haven't gone beneath the clear coat.

Expectation is near to perfection as I can get as an amateur just starting with machine polishing.

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