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Old 04-10-2009, 09:27 AM
Joe Daher Joe Daher is offline
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Generally speaking, you don't need to worry about the thickness of your paint if you're just going to polish the car. If, however, you're using a buffer and you're actually going to compound and/or wax the vehicle, you should definitely take things like that under consideration.

In some professional shops, we use paint thickness gauges to show the customers when/if they need to get a wax, because you can tell how many mils (the layers of paint and it's measurement) are left on the vehicle. A vehicle with too many mils is pretty obviously repainted, and might need more upkeep because of this; a vehicle with too few mils will need to be waxed, because the vehicle doesn't have a fresh enough coat of wax.

For residential applications, I wouldn't worry about the thickness of your paint.
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