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Who Else Wants To Make Paint Scratches Melt Away Like Butter?

Author: David Bynon  //  Category: Car Insurance

Have you tried removing water spots, swirl marks or fine scratches from a new car lately? I can promise you can’t do it by hand anymore. The good old days are over. Simply put, the new clear coat finishes are super hard. They can resist minor scratching, swirl marks and water spot like never before, but they also resist hand polishing.

The solution is a tool that’s been around for nearly two decades, the Porter Cable 7424. It’s a buffer polisher that car enthusiasts have known about for years, and now it’s spreading to garages all across America and the world. The reason it’s so loved is that it makes easy work out of most minor coat problems, even if you have one of the new high-tech ceramic finishes.

The original Porter Cable Polisher and the new 7424xp are dual-action polishers. What this means is that the polishing head rotates (free-spins on its spindle) and orbits (powered by the motor) around the center spindle. A mass counterweight mechanism on the spindle dampens vibrations. This polishing action, often referred to as “random orbital” or just “orbital,” totally prevents symmetrical buffing marks, paint burns and the other types of automotive finish damage that people associate with high-speed buffing machines. That means if you use the polisher as intended it’s virtually impossible to damage your car, even with no experience.

As I mentions, the Porter Cable (or “PC”) is a dual-action polisher and it works like circular hand polishing. The big difference is that works at a speed of 2,500 to 6,000 orbits every minute. That’s how this machine knocks out scratches and swirl marks with ease. You’d have to have Superman waxing your car to do it better.

If you’re skeptical, don’t be. This isn’t one of those cheesy car waxers you can pick up at the auto parts store for $29. Leave those machines on the shelf. An electric car waxer will do a pretty good job spreading wax, but that’s where all similarities end. They can’t match the power or the range of foam pads and polished that work with the PC.

There is a secret to getting top results with a dual action polisher. It’s very important to use the right combination of polish and foam polishing pad. For the most part, you’ll find foam polishing pads in three levels of coarseness: cutting, polishing and finishing. Cutting pads are what you use to remove damage. After cutting, you use a polishing pad to restore full gloss. The finishing pad has not polishing qualities at all. It’s very soft and used to apply liquid waxes and glazes.

As you might expect, the foam pads do not work by themselves. You need to use a polish with the pad. Like the pads, paint polishes have cut levels. For removing defects you will be using a polishing compound. Find a polishing compound that will remove 2000 to 2500 grit sanding scratches. That’s what you need to knock down heavy swirls marks, water spots and fine scratches.

If you’re confused about which polish to use to remove swirl marks, fine scratches and water spots, let me recommend Meguiar’s Ultimate Compound. It’s probably the best consumer grade product available today, and it’s easy to find at your local auto parts store.

After using Meguiar’s Ultimate Compound you might be fooled into thinking you’re finished. That’s because your paint will look great. Trust me, though, you’re not finished. If you take your car out in the sunlight you’ll see a slight haze in the clear coat. You can easily finish the job with a fine polish. The car polish I recommend for this job is Klasse All-In-One. This been around for a long time and it makes cars shine like crazy.

If you have a dull paint finish caused by swirl marks, scratches and water spots, the best solution is a Porter Cable 7424. It’s the best buffer polisher on the market today. Don’t be fooled by the cheap imitations make in China. Buy American!

Now that you know a buffer polisher is the #1 secret to making paint scratches and swirl marks disappear, would you like to learn how to use on?  You’ll find a complete buffer polisher how-to guide on Guide To Detailing, a trusted source for auto detailing information.

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