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

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

Products: mostly Griots Polishes and a few of their wax/finishers. Overall I’m 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. Couldn’t be happier to support true car enthusiasts.

For decontamination I’m using Chemical Brothers lubricant wax and synthetic “clay” 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. I’ve been trying to take my resurgence into detailing at a slow pace, but after correcting two cars I’ve already found myself skipping shreds as it’s 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 here’s 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 that’s why I justify my labor. Here’s what I’m using:



I think you can use something cheaper, but if you’re 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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