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post #1 of 15 Old 3rd May 2015, 03:42 AM Thread Starter
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Looking for paint correction and opti-coat detailer recommendation and question about some polishing pads I've just found

Hi,

I'm in the Sunnyvale area. Any recommendations for experienced detailers that can do a proper paint correction and opti-coat?

Also, I plan on going for the paint correction myself in the mean time. I've actually done it once using a Porter Cable 7424 I think 4 years ago. wasn't patient enough and stored the pads and porter in a bucket and forgot about it. Just found it again and when inspecting the pads... they have some residual compounds but obviously super dry and dusty.

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What should I do to these pads before trying to use them again?
Do polishing compounds expire?

I'm hoping I just have to clean them of the dust and go for it but looking forward to any insight into this. Thanks all!
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Take your pads and throw them away. Not worth the risk, and pads are cheap anyway.

Get some Meguires Microfiber Cutting pads to amplify your cutting ability (Porter Cables are fairly anemic on tough BMW paint), and purchase some Optimum Hyper Polish (HP). Start with the MF pads and HP, then finish with some Hyper Polish on a soft polishing pad at lower speeds.

Keep your MF pads' fibers fluffed with compressed air or a brush.

Hyper Polish's abilities are directly related to the pad they are used on. On a rotary and wool pad it cuts quite well, whereas on a slow speed polishing pad on a DA it finishes exceptionally. It doesn't dust or gum up, nor will it stain your trim. Overall a very easy product to use!

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I agree with mzarif. Trash your pads. The last thing you want is to introduce more scratches when your trying to remove them.

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Thanks guys! Glad I asked. I have a friend who just purchased a Mercedes and his trunk has some hazing on the clear.
We think it was resprayed and just wasn't polished good enough.

I need to help him and we have a tight schedule, I see Pepboys carry some Meguiars pads. How are the pads and polish I can find there? I'll end up buying proper pads and polishes eventually but wanted to ask first.

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I have no idea what your pep boys sells, get on Amazon, order the supplies mentioned, you will have it all by this weekend. If you have a tight schedule, I wouldn't take this on. Mercedes Benz paint is notoriously hard, rushing won't get you anywhere.

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Thanks guys! Glad I asked. I have a friend who just purchased a Mercedes and his trunk has some hazing on the clear.
We think it was resprayed and just wasn't polished good enough.

I need to help him and we have a tight schedule, I see Pepboys carry some Meguiars pads. How are the pads and polish I can find there? I'll end up buying proper pads and polishes eventually but wanted to ask first.

Thanks again guys!
I've purchased all of my detailing supplies from Autogeek.net. They have tons of tips and a great informative forum just like this one. If you sign up with them, they send specials and codes to save money.

I haven't personally tried the Meguiars pads but you could do a search on Autogeek's forum. They're very honest and will say if the product is crap.

Make sure to test a small area before doing the whole trunk and start with the least aggressive products. Buy some painters tape and apply them to the edges of your panel. Those areas are prone to being damaged as the paint is very thin.

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I have no idea what your pep boys sells, get on Amazon, order the supplies mentioned, you will have it all by this weekend. If you have a tight schedule, I wouldn't take this on. Mercedes Benz paint is notoriously hard, rushing won't get you anywhere.
They carry Meguiar products mainly. I completely understand the concerns. I'll test accordingly as others have mentioned! I'll try reporting back with my results.

Also, all the products, the pads, compounds, DA was purchased at auto geek. Great site, just overwhelming with all their products tbh.
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Just remembered, these are Lake Country pads... Such a waste to have let them sit for so long
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Ok so ended up following the advice from y'all and have purchased Chemical Guy's pad kit along with their V-Line polishes and compounds. I watched their buffing videos using these products so I felt a bit more comfortable using their products due to such great instruction... Hopefully I did alright
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