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Old 15-10-2018, 08:17 AM   #11
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The bit as I see that is missing from all of the replies is technique, removal rates and the time it takes to achieve a desired result. As a pro with paying customers it is speed to make a living versus a weekend enthusiast who has all the time in the world to get the desired result.

You could sand your wooden floor with fine paper if you are willing to spend many hours. You want to complete the job sooner so you use a course paper first and then have to go up in grades to remove the previous sanding marks to get a really smooth finish.

You could polish your car with something like Scholl S30 and spend days getting rid of a particular deeper mark along with the swirls but you want to get the job done sooner so you use a polish with more cut and then a finer one to refine the finish.

If the first polish is a particularly heavy cutting compound then like the wood sanding you might use an intermediate polish first before going to the finishing polish.
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Old 15-10-2018, 06:08 PM   #12
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I hate all the "stage 1, stage 2" talk, it sounds so amateurish, like the installer doesn't really know what they are talking about.

Detailing is an art, not a science. no matter how many manufacturers try to sell "systems" it will never change the fact it simply isn't that simple. You will always need to use, whatever it is you need to use to get the job done

An enhancement is ANYTHING that improves the cars appearance permanently. It could be a 50 stage enhancement. A true correction detail is not done in stages, its done when its done. You are removing every single defect on the vehicles surface, or getting them as close as is safe to do so. This notion that doing 3 stages means all the defects are gone is laughable
Exactly this. 100%
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Old 16-10-2018, 03:00 PM   #13
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I've seen a number of adverts at local car washes offering '2-stage machine polish' for £50 or something. I imagine they just go over each panel twice, and they've met their obligation to the customer. So when it's described as stages, it's obviously more about process suiting budget than results.

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the infamous "3 stage buff" in Northern Ireland, I wonder does the rest of the U.K have this
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Old 16-10-2018, 04:50 PM   #14
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the infamous "3 stage buff" in Northern Ireland, I wonder does the rest of the U.K have this
I've seen some on Facebook that offer 4-5 stage buff
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Old 16-10-2018, 09:03 PM   #15
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i cant answer the OP's question.


stangalang said it best "its an art, its done when its done"

now that means you are employing a craftsman to do his craft ,


"roll up roll up £50 a stage bring your car in "
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Properly assess the car, then work on it until its done to the agreed levels, paying note of what's possible, what isn't And what's safe to do


akin to
a 2 bucket wash
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supermarket trolley and sponge rub ...
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I'm getting by all this stage talk, what stage are we on now?
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Old 16-10-2018, 10:31 PM   #17
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I'm getting by all this stage talk, what stage are we on now?
Pantomime?
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