Planning on polishing my 02 passat then a long delayed waxing..... Sick of the swirls/small scratches.. Bought the Nu Polish
First time doing this.
Any tips on a first timer doing this?
Just about every wax you use has some solvents of some sort in them for acrriers .. if not the product will be rock hard ...I've heard from others on the forum not to use NuFinish Polish because it is petroleum based. I use Meguiar's Deep Crystal System its a 3 step. Cleaner,Polish, and Wax.
Meguiars is good stuff IMO. I used the 3 step Deep Crystal Body Scrub, Polish, and Carnuba wax for years with fine results. Still have a little of each that I use from time to time, but now prefer the Gold Class instead of the Carnuba, only because it lasts longer. Now that I live in Florida, I'll probably have to polish/wax more often due to heat and salt air.I've heard from others on the forum not to use NuFinish Polish because it is petroleum based. I use Meguiar's Deep Crystal System its a 3 step. Cleaner,Polish, and Wax.
According to my research, polishing is the absolute best thing you can ever do for your paint. Those polishing oils nourish the paint. I always hand polish mine before waxing.Finished day one of detailing
Clay Barred (took forever to find one since i dont have an AAP around here)
Meguirs scratch X
Tomorrow i have to hand polish and wax.
The Porter Cable DA seems a little pricey for my taste.... Should i even bother polishing if i am doing it by hand??
Follow the instructions on your particular product. I generally apply polish to a damp sponge applicator, rub it in to the surface, let dry to a haze, then wipe off excess with the terry towel. Actually, it's the exact same process I use when waxing later. Be sure to let the polish (or wax) completely set up and dry. Some people apply it and wipe it off in a couple of minutes. I prefer to let it set for at least 15 or 20 minutes, depending on conditions (temp, humidity, etc.). You probably know this, but do all this work in the shade, or garage, while the car's surface is cool.thats what i wanted to hear...
Apply with damp terry towel, dry, then wipe with a clean one, thats basically it right?
Polishes burr the paint/clear to a sheen; some harsher polishes done with a machine can reduce the clear fractionally all the way to burning the paint. Hand polishes generally fill scratches and swirls, and while lasting longer when topped with wax, the scratches will still be there.
Porter Cable and rotary polishers physically remove swirls/scratches with the right polish.
As for "nourishing" the paint, I think it's really filling in the swirls.
7 hours sounds about right - believe my original answer was 6 to 8 hours if done correctly (can you tell I've done this a couple of times - grin)? But I do break for food, beer, etc.well it took 7 hours but i
And then it rained... then i cried but then i saw how well the water was beading and realized it couldn't stay perfectly clean forever