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    im having some trouble understanding polishing pads.
    i have a rotary machine with a m14 thread and have used it a couple of times to restore red paint that had faded pink.
    i have 2 pads
    1 was quite hard that i used to restore the colour using farecla g3 compound.
    and a softer pad i used with polish after the cutting was done.

    here is the thing. my car dont need that kind of cutting as it only has light swirls marks in the paint, but i am getting confused as to what pads and polishes to get as the 2 i have came with the machine.
    it is my intention to
    foam
    rinse
    clay
    rinse
    polish to remove swirls (with machine)
    finnishing polish (poor boys black hole) (with machine)
    wax by hand
    is this the correct order, i have read through here with no definative answer and read through detailing world, but it is very confusing and they use alot of abbriviations making it hard to follow

    so could some one please cnfirm the order i intend to do it in and also recomend me some polishing heads and polishes / waxes

    many thanks
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    Think pads are confusing, have you read up on cutting compounds? Check out Megs range, 205, 80 85, 105, 200, 95........

    Use the soft pad and start off with the least abrasive, something like AG SRP, it does cut so is the best place to start, ive seen 50/50's using this and it definatly does remove swirl marks. If this does work then maybe something like Megs Ultimate Compound, after that your into a maze far deeper than I know. 3M's range of cutting polishes seem to be one of the best ones out there and reasonably simple to understand. Khalid, BobSignum or the guy that did Grumpy's car are probably the best guys to ask about this.
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    Messsy did mine, he used Menzerna polish, mostly the two final finish ones, the Chemical Guys Blitz over the top.

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    As das has said its best to start with the safest/softest pads first, vauxhall paint is classed as a soft paint and can be easily erased if the cutting pad is too hard i will be interested to know what make of pads you have this will then determine in which direction to go
    your proceedure list is essentially correct with the exception of dry the car before you clay it and wash and dry the car again afterwards this is basically to determine the state of the paint work .
    Remember you can also mark the paintwork by claying it ,as well as allowing you to see the paintwork in its basic condition before applying cleaner/swirl remover polishes .
    I hope this makes sense its not easy to define a polishing proceedure when every cars paint is different .
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    thanks for the replys guys,
    so i should get a set of pads then start with the softest and only get more abrasive if i need to. (makes sense i suppose)
    the pads i have are shot, thats why im looking at new ones, thats where the problem arrises,
    you would think they would make it so all pads were the same eg blue = hard red = soft ect.
    however as this is not the case its hard to decide what pads to get, also some come with a m14 thread already and others velcro.

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    3M do a set of pads which are colour coded green for course blue for polish and yellow for finish and then they do a black one for glossing, mequiars have a similar system but the pads are generally much harsher especially the cutting pad the polishing pad is very good as a assesment pad for seeing how a paint will react and the finish pad i find is very soft somewhat too soft to do anything except maybe a highspeed buffing of paint + mequiars pads have a habit of falling to bits .
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    ok so while looking for a 3m "pack" i found this seems a reasonable price and is all colour coded so i cant forget
    has anybody used or heard of liquid shine, is it any good as for this price it seems alot cheaper than the other kits
    polishing kit

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