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    Hi there, sorry to keep going on about it. I know about the porter and megs gt220 which i would love but cant afford at the moment, so can anyone recommend a car machine buffer for under £50.00... needs to be dual action as im new to this car polishing business also im gusses 110w
    I think i will use megs scratch x followed by autoglym uds then follow that with a wax... any thoughts suggestions would be great.
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    You wont get a duel action for £50 mate.

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    You may find a 2nd hand 110v machine but you will need a transformer to go with it and your talking £50 alone for that.

    Work by hand for now and save up for a proper machine. The spending doesnt stop at the machine either, pads £6 upwards for 6" ones and polishes average about £15 or a 1 litre bottle. I mainly use polishing and buffing pads both 6 and 4 inch for smaller areas and 2 bottles of polish to give some options for tougher marks. I am in the process of getting some more polishes just for a change.
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    might be an idea for now little john, the three products i stated above... are they all for use by hand and will that get the swirls out as there all over the car plus the odd light scratch, also what make/grade pads would you recommend, my only other problem is i have to do it outside so i spose i need a overcast day,

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    I dont use AG stuff myself but AG SRP came well up in a test on DW for hand applied products. It has abrasives and fillers so is a good all in one product for hand application.

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    wanted to get the swirls out permently but may have to use a filler/abrasive for now....unless i want my arm to fall off

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    The PC is actually a wood finishing product, the car polishing derivative is only very, very slightly different. Someone one here got the sander version and converted it to the latter cheap. Get on the Porter Cable web site and check out the product numbers and et scouring Flea bay.

    EDIT: Think the wood finishing derivative is the 7336SP
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    Scratch X is designed to be used by hand so yes if you work it as it should be worked then it will give you results.
    Autoglym UDS again is part of the retial range from Autoglym so mostly used by hand
    Waxes I prefer to apply by hand, I use paste waxes as they protect longer and wax doesnt need working to the extent that a machine would work it anyway.

    As for what to apply then with, I use a mixture of foam applicator pads like the meguiars ones 2 for £3 everywhere but halfords, and microfibre applicator pads like the meguiars even coat applicators.

    Working by hand don't try to attack the whole car in 1 go, maybe just work on a single panel at a time, mainly to save your arm from dropping off, when you get the result your happy with then move on to the next panel. I used to work in circles when applying products but have found I get better results by working in lines.

    I have even used machine recomended products by hand and got excelent results, my favoutite is 3M machine polish with the light blue top even removeing scratches from bushes down the side of my dads astra by hand, well I only did the front wing, I got the G220 out for the rest of the car to make it easier on my arm.

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    thanks again little john, i will look at getting them products at the end of the month and giving it ago, i take it its best to do this out of the sunlight?

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    Yeah definatly avoid sunlight if you can, if not its not that big a deal when working by hand but cool panels help extend the work time of products. especailly when useing a machine.

    Dont forget to only work on a clean panel, wash the panel then use clay with a lube to remove any bonded contaminents also it just helps to ensure you have the best possible surface to work on.

    Once you have gone to all the effort with working by hand ensure your wash tecnique doesnt go inflicting swirls etc again so 2 buckets with grit guards, lambswool wash mitt and a decent shampoo not washing up liquid.

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