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    Hi.

    The time has came that i have to buy a DA for my paint to get rid of those dreaded swirls, been wanting one for years but never got round to it.

    So a couple of questions:

    What would be the best polisher? Been looking at the Das 6, but would that be good enough or would i be better getting the Das 6 pro?

    And also which polishes, glazes and waxes/sealants would people recommend?

    And would anyone have pictures of where exactly to mask up.

    Its a black car.

    I have had a clay bar sitting for almost 2 years an never used it, its the one that uses water for the lube.

    Thanks.

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    Year : 2002

    Mileage : 98,000

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    Not sure about the DA mate as I use a rotary polisher but as far as products go I use Meguiars and Autoglym's stuff and get great results. Here's a list of some off the stuff I use.

    1. Meguiars 105 Cutting compound (For medium to heavy scratches)
    2. Meguiars Ultimate Compound (For Oxidation, light scratched, swirl marks and more)
    3. Autoglym Super Resin Polish
    4. Meguiars Plast X for headlights
    5. Autoglym Extra Gloss Sealant
    6. Autoglym Air Freshener or Wurth Aircon Cleaner when needed
    7. Autoglym Fast Glass Cleaner
    8. Wonder Wheels Alloy Cleaner
    9. Autoglym Bumper & Trim
    10. Various polishing pads for different stages of the job
    11. Meguiars Water Magnet
    12. 3M Clay bar with Dodo juice
    13. Plenty of Microfibre cloths (Halford's brand do my job)
    14. For the interior I just use and damp soft towel with no products as the Vectra’s dash can be very sensitive to cleaning agents or just use a microfibre towel dry if it’s dusty.

    You can go for high end stuff if your into serious detailing but for doing your own car you can't go wrong with Meguiars and Autoglym products, or products around the same price range but ain't tried much else to be honest so can’t comment. As for masking, cover up any trim plastics near the area you are gonna buff, basic common sense will show you where you need to cover once you start into the job. I normally leave any edges close to the trim and do them by hand but that’s just my personal preference.

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    I got the das 6 and its a brill machine works best with megs mf system not found a car that this combination can not deal with lol

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    Iwent for the DAS 6 Pro for the longer lead and bigger motor, thinking in time I'd get more out of it. Quite happy with my choice. I use mostly Meguiars products, some swear by Menzerna pr Sonus, other Autoglym. Comes down to what you like best generally.
    Have a look at some detail site, http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/ or I think there's a link on site to Autobrite, see what you fancy polish wise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by conman View Post
    Not sure about the DA mate as I use a rotary polisher but as far as products go I use Meguiars and Autoglym's stuff and get great results. Here's a list of some off the stuff I use.

    1. Meguiars 105 Cutting compound (For medium to heavy scratches)
    2. Meguiars Ultimate Compound (For Oxidation, light scratched, swirl marks and more)
    3. Autoglym Super Resin Polish
    4. Meguiars Plast X for headlights
    5. Autoglym Extra Gloss Sealant
    6. Autoglym Air Freshener or Wurth Aircon Cleaner when needed
    7. Autoglym Fast Glass Cleaner
    8. Wonder Wheels Alloy Cleaner
    9. Autoglym Bumper & Trim
    10. Various polishing pads for different stages of the job
    11. Meguiars Water Magnet
    12. 3M Clay bar with Dodo juice
    13. Plenty of Microfibre cloths (Halford's brand do my job)
    14. For the interior I just use and damp soft towel with no products as the Vectra’s dash can be very sensitive to cleaning agents or just use a microfibre towel dry if it’s dusty.

    You can go for high end stuff if your into serious detailing but for doing your own car you can't go wrong with Meguiars and Autoglym products, or products around the same price range but ain't tried much else to be honest so can’t comment. As for masking, cover up any trim plastics near the area you are gonna buff, basic common sense will show you where you need to cover once you start into the job. I normally leave any edges close to the trim and do them by hand but that’s just my personal preference.
    i'd swap No8 for something like Bilberry mixed 4:1 or 5:1

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    Das6 pro
    megs 105 and 205
    hex logic pads
    works wounders will sort anything
    try the detailing world forum mate there's loads of threads on there about these and some good group buys from the sponsers that where I got my das6 pro from

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    Cheers for the reply's.


    I was looking at the cleanyourcar website and wasn't sure which kit to go for.

    It's all the different pads and polishes that's really confusing the hell out of me.

    In time I will be doing other cars but wanted to concentrate on the vectra to start with.

    This could get expensive.................... Lol.

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    i bought the das6 meguiars kit which was 125 off ebay. it brought my silver veccy up a treat but ive since caught the bug and gone and bought a menzerna kit off i4detailing along with some 4 inch pads which were the flexipads item(i dont rate them atall as the velcro backing has come off the 2 cutting pads) but i also use zaino z2 and z8. fantastic stuff. but once you see the finish you get with the megs kit youll want to spend more and more

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    Quote Originally Posted by farley2708 View Post
    i'd swap No8 for something like Bilberry mixed 4:1 or 5:1
    I'll have a look for it mate although my alloys aren't the best on the planet so it's really just to take the rough off but hoping to get a good set of alloys in the future and then I'll be after the best cleaners etc

    I think the problem these days is that there is too many products to choose from and some are really crap but still carry a medium too huge price tag compared to cheaper well known products that do the same job if not better. I remember years ago when someone showed me this new product called T-Cut, back then T-Cut was cutting edge stuff and now although still a good product it's become mediocre compared to the stuff that on the market today....ohhh the days when it was all so much simpler

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