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Old Thu, Nov-08-2018, 05:13:28 AM   #1
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Curious what orbitals and products everyoneís using. Getting back into the art and been blown away by how far polish has advanced!

Orbital: Griots 6Ē 8mm w/ 5Ē and 3Ē conversion attachments (prefer using 5Ē for 80% of corrections)

Products: mostly Griots Polishes and a few of their wax/finishers. Overall Iím very impressed with their BOSS line. While I was in Portland/Seattle for 2 years, I spent a considerable amount of time at their flagship store. Couldnít be happier to support true car enthusiasts.

For decontamination Iím using Chemical Brothers lubricant wax and synthetic ďclayĒ bar. Granted IMO this is the most important part of the correcting process, these normally sub par brands do a fairly decent job.

Pads: again all Griots. Leaning towards ordering their BOSS line up and checking out the microfiber pads. Iíve been trying to take my resurgence into detailing at a slow pace, but after correcting two cars Iíve already found myself skipping shreds as itís coming back to me quicker than I thought it would.

Will post pics on the weekend.

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Good thread!

Mother's Cali gold clay
Mother's lube
Cheap ebay 5" d/a that I repacked with good grease
Meg's MF 5.5"
LC foam pads, so far white (jeweling) and blue (wax)
Menzerna Heavy cut (Fast gloss or FG400)
Jescar micro polish
Dodo juice diamond white
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Old Fri, Nov-09-2018, 07:31:08 PM   #3
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Nice, not a bad setup!

Still need to take a shot of my stuff, but hereís a recent 1 step I did on a buddies 92 e34. (still have to go over it with a sealant)



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I have the Griots polisher and a bunch of the BOSS line products but haven't actually had the time to use anything yet.

Only thing I'm worried about is how much clear coat is left. Do you guys use a paint meter to test before you start? I assume most people don't but I remember when I first bought the car I had all the panels test to make sure there wen't any repaints and the paint meter showed that the clear coat was pretty thin.
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I have the Griots polisher and a bunch of the BOSS line products but haven't actually had the time to use anything yet.

Only thing I'm worried about is how much clear coat is left. Do you guys use a paint meter to test before you start? I assume most people don't but I remember when I first bought the car I had all the panels test to make sure there wen't any repaints and the paint meter showed that the clear coat was pretty thin.


To be honest, I believe I can eye ball paint fairly well, however, me being me, I do take measurements, specially for customers as thatís why I justify my labor. Hereís what Iím using:



I think you can use something cheaper, but if youíre lucky with eBay they can be found for half of msrp

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I'm a big fan of the CarPro line up!

I have slowly started to increase my detailing equipment and feel like I'm at a stopping point. The next step for me would be to install a drain in my garage and wash cars inside haha!

kanzle PW
Ego Blower ( to dry cars )
Foam cannon
3 bucket method
CarPro products ( I have coated a few cars Cquartz UK and have a few bottles of the new 3.0)
Griots Random Orbital ( use this for my correction with Meg MF pads )
Rupes iBrid Nano Long Neck for the small areas ( just got this and love it )
ExTech Paint thickness gauge ( I wanted cheap insurance but I don't know how accurate these are. They do give you peace of mind though! )
Astro Pneumatic light

Megs 105/205
Jescar Compound ( better than 105 because there is very minimal dusting )
Jescar Powerlock ( have yet to try this )
Sonax Perfect Finish ( good stuff )
Collinite 845 wax

Lots more - I'll post up a picture soon!
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To be honest, I believe I can eye ball paint fairly well, however, me being me, I do take measurements, specially for customers as thatís why I justify my labor. Hereís what Iím using:



I think you can use something cheaper, but if youíre lucky with eBay they can be found for half of msrp
What are the general ranges/numbers for remaining clear coat and how you should approach in regards to cutting/polishing etc
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Old Tue, Nov-13-2018, 09:32:57 PM   #8
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What are the general ranges/numbers for remaining clear coat and how you should approach in regards to cutting/polishing etc


On e46ís? It varies, taking some measurements last night on my e46 it varied from 5.x-8.3 depending on what panel I was on (the car has had a front end refresh within 4 years so the hood had 6.x-8.x readings. The majority of the time OE paint panels should have 5.x give or take 1.0ish

To answer your question, my current approach is measure, just to ensure that the clear isnít awful, and I usually make 2-4 passes, depending on the panel and scratches Iím working on, use light to moderate pressure. The first 2-3 passes will be slow, and my last pass is usually a light pressure and quicker run over. This was a tip by one of Griots touring retailers awhile back and Iíve had great results since. I donít see myself using anything other than their BOSS correcting cream from here on out.

The only thing I have yet to experiment with is the BOSS microfiber. Usually been using the orange and black pads to correct/apply.

I really feel a solid decontamination and visual inspection go a long way now days, as the polishes out there really make things simpler.

Working on becoming a ceramic pro dealer, as ceramic coating really seems to be vastly superior to waxing! After 20+ or so washes itís still holding up well, and thereís been a few weeks now where I let my weekly washes go 2 weeks.
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Swissvax for leather restoration and protection works the best in my experience. There's a great E92 M3 video on YouTube deomnstrating how good it is at restoring.
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