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How do you polish your car?

Discussion in 'General Mercedes-Benz Related Discussion' started by Conor, May 13, 2019.

  1. Conor

    Conor Senior Member

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    While reading the "What Waxes and Polishes do you use?" thread, I began wondering how people actually apply the various polishes and waxes to their cars.

    So, do you use various cloth combinations or a machine polisher to apply / work on the paint?

    I remember on my previous car, I gave it a good seeing to with claybar, wax, polish combo - by hand. It was pretty gruelling to be honest and kind of took the fun out of it if I am honest.

    This time around, I'm thinking of buying a machine polisher so I can perform the various tasks at ease.

    I'm interested to hear if anybody uses a £50 pound polisher as all the good brands seem to cost hundreds.
     
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    I use a clay glove once a year, not quite as efficient as a clay bar, but a lot easier.
     
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    A £50 ish will do the job for polishing but, for applying them you only need a lower speed so decent speed control is essential. Sounds like a simple DAS6 is what you need. You will find with detailing too many people get sucked into the hype without using their own common sense. As with everything, not everything that is cheap is rubbish and not everything that's expensive is good.

    The detailing sites do offer some good kits and the items are usually the same as cheaper ones with a different label unless you start looking at 3M, Rupes, Bosch etc.

    How about this : https://www.amazon.co.uk/100371-Pol...tion+polisher&qid=1557745549&s=gateway&sr=8-3 (Sealey do an identical ones in red for about £80) couple that with decent pads like 3M, LC etc and you're away. (I have the sealey one, same thing only I paid more, to replace a £90 ish pound Kestrel item).

    To step it up a notch I have the following;
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    DAS12 and Bosch Rotary (both are Gem's are wipe the floor with others I have tried after my 3M rotatry was stolen)
     
  5. AnthonyUK

    AnthonyUK Senior Member

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    I picked up the Argos DA polisher (identical to the one DSK linked to) when it was on offer and it is OK for general low-level correction such as removing the tiny scratches from car wash use. MAny people on Detailing World use it just for applying polish and there are some very knowledgeable people over there.

    Once your surface has a decent finish you only need to keep on top of it which for me is the occasional polish/wax/QD by hand as it is relatively quick.

    Point to consider - My 203 is getting on a bit, is silver and the paint is not perfect but I enjoy keeping it looking OKish.
     
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    Donald McPherson Senior Member

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    Have you seen "Karate Kid"
     
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    Are you planning paint correction or just cleaning and applying a protective coating?
    If you are not doing paint correction try a good modern sealer/coating/wax ....there are loads of good easy on / easy off products on the market and you will get 100s of opinions on which is best. Lots of information about - suggest you do a bit of research in some of the already very long threads on the subject.

    I have a DA polisher but with the products I use, it is easier doing it without the machine.
     
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    Based of the original post, clay/polish/wax, I read it as just final polish and waxing.
     

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