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    Hey guys,

    Just wondering if i could have your personal views with regards hand polishing v Machine Polishing?

    I have always cleaned and polished my Lightning Silver Vec C by hand.. Mainly Autoglym products and have always been pretty happy with the results.

    Now, how much of an improvement would it make using a machine polisher... something like the DAS-6 or equivelant?

    Are the results Night and Day or is more of a labour saving technique? If the results with a machine are that much better, then perhaps its time i looked at this option! So, whats your thoughts?

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    The only real benefit to machine polishing, imo, is that it makes removing swirl and oxidation a lot easier. Well tbh its doubtful if you could remove swirls by hand anyway, you'd defiantly be at it an awfully long time. As for night and day, well it really depends on how bad your paint work is in the first place. A "pink" flame red will definitely benefit from a machine polish where as with a silver it will be improved just it won't be as noticeable.

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    Cheers mate, from what i have read thats pretty much what others on different forums have said. I just wanted to hear what fellow vec c owners had to say.

    In general my paint work is pretty good, and i keep on top of it so i think ill save me dough and enjoy the exercise with handraulic polishing!!

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    once youve got the paint work corrected,the car only needs polishing once a year /twice at worse.

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    I did correct my car by hand but had had it "mopped" by a professional bodyshop atfer they painted the front and rear bumpers.

    It took me probably 5 days in time to correct back to the place I was happy with in terms of the finished paint quality.
    also light colours are so much easier to work with as they generally show so much less swirling and holograms in normal light compared to black (still cannot fathom why I didn;t buy Star silver!!!)

    I would love a DAS-6 or similar but I enjoy equally, just spending an entire day working the panels by hand.

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    I only get my DAS 6 out when I am trying to correct paint on mine or someone else's car. The rest of the time it is a simple wash and wax/QD.

    If your paint work is fine then I think you would be wasting money buying a DAS, probs better to try and get a detailing meet in your area and try to borrow one.

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