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Old 01-05-2015, 01:08 PM
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A good tip, you may want to hit the Cadillac with MF cutting and FG400 for a pass or two, then if you have the orange foam pad, try a last pass with orange foam and FG400. It may finish down LSP ready without a need for final polish.

You'll love FG400, it really is a phenomenal polish for the amount of cut and the way it finishes with basically no dusting whatsoever.
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I did get finished last week with the detailing, just getting pics up now. I'm sure it's not perfect, but I felt it wasn't bad for a first-timer, with the amount of scratches and swirls I removed. Still had some very deep ones that I might have been able to get to with more time, but spent a whole day as it was... @RB, definitely needed that SF400o to finish up, the FG400 was awesome for cutting the swirls and scratches, and actually looked good after, but the SF deepened the paint/gloss, and made it look better all around. Should probably get buffed again just before next winter to get some of the deep scratches out. But, my brother was happy, so that's all that mattered. Didn't get time to work on my X. Didn't get any full sunlight pics, missed the sun by about 30 minutes. Pics below...

Thanks (J and E38flagship) for your help and suggestions on products and techniques. Looking forward to using them more, and getting better at it...











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Old 01-12-2015, 11:56 AM
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50/50's look clean as hell, nice work man.

Yes now that I see its not black metallic yes you would have definitely needed final polish, I can only get away with FG400 as a one step if I am working on metallic paints. That Cadillac was hammered! Looks good, if anything you may just want to once-yearly do a green pad and SF4000 for maintenance polishing of light swirls.

You'll always have some RIDS left but better to have overall 85-90% of correction.

Now you need to educate your brother on proper 3 bucket method washing techniques and proper drying techniques/tools. The washing/drying is where the most amount of damage is inflicted in my opinion.

Oh, and he better never run through an auto car wash again...
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@RB, I warned him, if he takes it back to the condition it was, he's on his own! I think he's scared to touch it, he called me this afternoon wondering if it's alright to use a quick detailing spray on it!! I did tell him he needs to quit the auto washes, and do the 3-bucket wash. I'm gettin' him there... It was so awesome, watching the transformation as we moved around the vehicle. He brought his buddy's GG orbital, so we could move on pretty good with two...

Can't work to work on mine, now that I have some buffing experience under my belt. Really wonder how much difference in depth I'll be able to see in the Estoril?

I'll be sure to update here whenever I get to it...
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Old 01-13-2015, 12:18 PM
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You'll be sure to get a big difference for sure, Black paint is always the most dramatic pulling the tape line, but you'll definitely get back to original glory.

The GG orbital is a beast for the money isn't it? Sure its not a Rupes but it gets all the correcting I need accomplished.
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I would definitely reccomend the GG orbital to anybody! With the right pad/polish combo, you can cut practically anything. I don't think it would be to hard to cut thru the clear either, with the amount of heat that I was generating at various places. Glad for the backing discs with holes in them that I ordered!

A Rupes would probably be better geared toward a detailing business. Which I don't know for sure, because I never used one.

I would love to buy a real small one to be able to get some of the corners better.
Maybe sometime...

Hopefully I'll be able to give the Esky another coat of LSP before he heads for Florida next week, it'll be interesting to see how long 2 coats will protect!

L8r...
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2017 GMC Sierra, 7K miles...
2017 GMC Sierra, 60K miles...
2015 GMC Sierra 280K miles...
2011 GMC Sierra, 500K miles...

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Old 01-14-2015, 11:07 AM
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I would definitely reccomend the GG orbital to anybody! With the right pad/polish combo, you can cut practically anything. I don't think it would be to hard to cut thru the clear either, with the amount of heat that I was generating at various places. Glad for the backing discs with holes in them that I ordered!

A Rupes would probably be better geared toward a detailing business. Which I don't know for sure, because I never used one.

I would love to buy a real small one to be able to get some of the corners better.
Maybe sometime...

Hopefully I'll be able to give the Esky another coat of LSP before he heads for Florida next week, it'll be interesting to see how long 2 coats will protect!

L8r...
Yes in detailing heat production on a panel is always a thing to check, although the machine is getting hot, the heat on the panel is nowhere near what you generate with a rotary.

Not sure if you got 4" pads or not from Phil, but I'd recommend getting a Porter Cable and putting a 3.5" backing pad on it and using it with 4" pads. Personally I like a dedicated machine but you can use 4" pads with a backing plate on the GG6 as well. The 3" GG machine doesnt have the power for correcting with 4" pads in my opinion, its only good for wax removal and carpet scrubbing.

You used PNS on the Escalade right? Or Power Lock? (I forget). Either way, 2 coats of either of those should give 5-6 months EASY.
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