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Old 05-07-2012
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polishing compound

my ranger still has a pretty good paint finsih on it for being like 12 years old. its got the lil bit of rust spots and knicks chips and scratches. and the dulling paint. i got polish compound seeing it was for most my problems. but idk really how to put it on. i put it on and it shinned it a lil but not much. but i think i put it on wrong. i put it on like i would wax. rubbing it on in circles starting from the back going around to the other side then rubbing with a detal rag taking it off. its a lil more shiney but not much. i think i did it wrong from like the 2 you tube vids i watched

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Old 05-08-2012
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I've always used it with a buffer and a foam pad. Just keep working it until I get the swirls and scratches out.
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Old 05-09-2012
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you sir needs a meguiars dual action polisher
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Old 05-26-2012
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Although a long process....the buffing should be done in numerous steps.I personally get **** about it,but the end result is well worth the effort.

1.Wash thoroughly with mild soap and water.
2.Wipe entire surfaces to be buffed with non-oil based adhesive cleaner.
3.Wipe away any "haze" left behind.
4.Do any paint touch-up and allow to dry.
5.Tape/Mask any trim which You have no desire to detail clean later.

"Never detail in Sunlight ! !"

6.Use a 2300 rpm variable speed buffer with a foam pad.
7.Start with a liquid rubbing compound (stay light but even left to right strokes in a small area...let the weight of the buffer do the work...don't push down hard...You'll burn through the clear coat,then paint).
8.Move to a medium grade compound repeating step 7.
9.Next to a finishing compound and repeat step 8.
10.Apply Carnuba paste wax , allow to dry then buff off at low speed.
11.Apply Carnuba paste wax , allow to dry , then remove by hand.
12.Detail to perfection using a spray detailer such as Mother's or Maquire's.

That's My 12 step program....

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