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Old 05-03-2017, 07:24 PM   #1
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New to machine polishing - a few teething problems.

Evening all.

A few days a go I asked for a few pointers on machine polishing just before I got going. I have been reading up on it for a few months now.

I was a bit nervous at first but I found handling the machine pretty easy if I'm honest, a lot easier than I thought. I only did a little spot test to try and get some results. I have all the CG Hex-Logic pads. The machine was a DAS6 Pro Plus.

I only did one test but I didn't really get any results. I used the orange hex pad along with Meguiars Ulitmate compound and I didn't achieve anything. 100% operator error of course. I was working on my mrs' Seat Ibiza which has some light swirling. I understand German cars have hard paint so I was always going to have some trouble as a rookie.

I wanted to ask for further advice before I have another go with any more aggressive. I've got the yellow Hex pad too and some CG microfibre cutting pads. Is Microfibre the way to go?

I appreciate any help.
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Did you work it long enough to get a result? How many passes did you make? How fast are you moving the machine? What speed setting are you using? These all make a difference, try different techniques before using a more aggressive pad. Move the machine more slowly, make sure the pad is rotating, maybe use a higher speed setting, keep at it and you'll see a result.
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Seat paint is not that hard, did my sons Leon last year most i used was CG green pad , mainly a white pad with Megs UC. This removed all swirl marks and more.
speed 2 to spread, then speed 5 to work until you see the compound starting to flash, 18"x 18" or 3 pads width by 3 pads width area.

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Get yourself on a course with a professional in your area it will pay dividends in the long term, or read the guides on here written by davekg, you can find them in the review section
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Old 07-03-2017, 05:49 PM   #6
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Did you work it long enough to get a result? How many passes did you make? How fast are you moving the machine? What speed setting are you using? These all make a difference, try different techniques before using a more aggressive pad. Move the machine more slowly, make sure the pad is rotating, maybe use a higher speed setting, keep at it and you'll see a result.
Sorry, I should've made it more clear.

As I had my girlfriend breathing on my neck watching, I may have only made two passes. Speed setting, I may have only gone to 4.5 on the DAS6 Pro +. I did move it slowly (I have been taking notes).

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Seat paint is not that hard, did my sons Leon last year most i used was CG green pad , mainly a white pad with Megs UC. This removed all swirl marks and more.
speed 2 to spread, then speed 5 to work until you see the compound starting to flash, 18"x 18" or 3 pads width by 3 pads width area.
Yup, I did assume it was operator error (Me of course). I used speed 1 to spread and never touched 5. Thanks for the advice!

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Get yourself on a course with a professional in your area it will pay dividends in the long term, or read the guides on here written by davekg, you can find them in the review section
I didn't know there were such courses! It's definitely something I'd be interested in. Cheer mate, I'll have a look.
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