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Old 07-06-2018, 12:25 AM   #1
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Buffer Trails?

I polished the roof on a relatives car today. The roof was washed, clay barred, washed, polished, wiped and inspected. No defects visible under a strong light.

At night I walked past the car under a street lamp. Within the layer of condensation (low ambient), I could see what looked like trails. It looked exactly like "used polish" that hadn't been wiped off after being worked in by a DA.

I wiped the roof clean after polishing. Admittedly, no panel wipe was used. Buffed with MF towel until the surface was clean, shiny and free of oily flashing smears.

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Car is black with medium paint hardness. Hex Orange, Scholl S30, Speed 6, 2 sets of 8 passes with DAS6. Polished many cars in my time and never have I seen this.

Edit: Just wiped the condensation off and inspected the area under the street lamp. No defects present. Must've been a film left by the polish.

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Old 07-06-2018, 05:44 AM   #2
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Try some 20% ipa mix or other panel wipe to remove the polishing oils
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Polishing oils will fill and mask defects.

Without using a panel wipe after polishing, there is no way of judging how successful you have been at removing any defects.


I really recommend panel wipe over IPA.
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Old 07-06-2018, 09:43 PM   #4
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I gave the car a wash today with body prep and subsequently it's removed the oils and residue. I'll buy some panel wipe for future use.

Panel Wipe is better. IPA is not paint safe.

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