A couple of months ago, I bought a Kestrel rotary polisher. Attended Lump's excellent tutorial day and promptly did nothing with my car - still a little worried about giving it a go, I suppose.
My sister has bought her first car - a '97R Fiat Punto, 1.2. Which is going to be a fairly solid vehicle, I think.
The car was fairly oxidised, so, I though **** it - I'll have a go with the machine polisher. 1 - it gives me some practice and 2 - she gets a nice clean car at the end of it.
Some before shots...
Note the lack of shine. The offside wing has been replaced at some point and is a different shade to the rest of the car, which is a shame. But for £450, I don't think you can grumble too much.
I set to work. Rinsed the car, washed using some turtle wax shampoo ( not great, but given what I was about to do, I didn't mind using it), rinsed and dried (using my Megs water magnet), then gave the clay bar some use.
This was the state of the clay. I had to fold it a good couple of times while doing the car too. Looks like I've got an emergency half clay, to use on wheels and the like.
I then washed and dried the car again.
Started the machining on the bonnet and did a 50/50.
I used a 3m polishing pad as I didn't want to be too aggressive with the cutting. I started with Chemical Guys Diamond Cut 2000, then used another 3m polishing pad and used some Chemical Guys Pro Polish to act as a filler/polish.
I continued around the rest of the car like this.
Once I'd done the compound and polish, I used AG Bumper care on the plastics. AG Fast Glass for the windows/mirrors. Turtle Wax Extreme Tyre Gel for the tyres.
And that's as far as I got today.
Tomorrow, I'm going to have to apply some LSP to the paintwork. I'm thinking either AG Ultra Deep Shine, or going and buying some Wax. I'd really like to get a pot of some Dodo Juice at some point, but I the the UDS will have to do.
The (almost) finished article.
I'm really pleased with how it's come out - the oxidisation is now minimal, I've taken out most of the swirl marks - there's just some of the really deep ones left, but, if my sister keeps the car clean, I think it will look OK, especially for a first car. I personally think that she could put it up for sale tomorrow and make £200 on it easily.
Cheers for reading!