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Old 04-09-2018, 01:35 PM   #1
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Menzerna - 2015 red Audi

Hi folks, I have just bought a 2015 Audi TTS from an Audi garage so reasonably clean but it has a few swirl marks that I would like to deal with.

I plan to:
Iron x
Clay bar
Polish
Eraser
Sonax PNS

For the polishing stage I will use my Das machine but I am bloody confused regarding which Menzerna polish I need,

I have:
2200 - medium cut
3000 - final finish
3800 - super finish plus
4000 - heavy cut compound

Which would be best for the job and do a do more than one stage e.g 2200 (medium) followed by 3000 final or would just one product one stage work?

Many thanks
Gary

Ps do I have the right order for preparing the car?
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Old 04-09-2018, 01:46 PM   #2
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I've used 2200 on a medium foam cutting pad, and 3800 on a finishing pad on a 2012 A3 and several Minis. I did use rotary but got minor swirls out quite easily.

The latest Menzerna Heavy Cut 400 breaks down very quickly to a nice finish with good gloss, so thats one to think about - you could almost go from 400 to 3800 for a two step process.

Not sure about the older 400 (4000 in your list ?) - some reports say very aggressive, so if thats in your arsenal perhaps leave that as a last resort for any particularly poor areas on the bodywork
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Quite correct I meant 400.
So go over once with 2200 and then finish with 3800 - is that correct?
Many thanks
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I would start with PF2200 and a heavy polishing pad or a compounding pad. If you get the results you are looking for; go to a second step with SF3800 and a polishing pad.

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If PF2200 don´t to the trick; use FG 400 with either a heavy polishing pad or a compounding pad. Depending on the surface after FG400 you could either use FF3000 or SF3800. If you are, for example, using a wool cutting pad and FG400 you should use PF2200 then followed with SF3800.

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Thanks for replies, maybe just me but they could have made it simpler with their naming and which pads to use.......

As car is not too bad I’ll go,for the 2000 followed by 3800

The pads are a bit of a mind filed too for a novice but that’s a battle for another day

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Thanks for replies, maybe just me but they could have made it simpler with their naming and which pads to use.......

As car is not too bad I’ll go,for the 2000 followed by 3800

The pads are a bit of a mind filed too for a novice but that’s a battle for another day

Cheers
Gary
In light of your comment "not too bad"... wouldn't start with a compound pad.

See how it goes with 2200 and Polishing pad and take it up in increments if it's not working out.

So that would be up the pads scale first I think is the advice I read on here a while back, and then up the compound /polish scale until you are showing the paint who is the boss.

The 3800 is really only going to add a marginal bit... it's a jewelling agent really.
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