C5 Corvette Paint Hardness

Discussion in 'That'll Buff Right Out' started by Labster, Feb 19, 2010.

  1. Labster

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    I have a future detail coming up and I haven't detailed a c5 vette in quite a few years. it seems like I've done more c6s then I can count and their hard paint is legendary. What am I looking at with a 2002 c5 paint? Just wondering what a good plan of attack for the paint is.
     
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    Attack it just like you would C6 paint. C5s are just as bad as C6es as far as the notoriously brutal hard paint.
     
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    C5s are worse than C6s. Minimum would be KB method using #105 and a Flex 3401.
     
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    I would agree with your assessment of the minimum necessary polishing setup.... but I don't think C5s are any WORSE than C6es, at least in my experience. C6es still suck at being polished easily.
     
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    I quoted the guy 8 hrs to do a 2 step correction on the exterior. Looks like I'll be bustin out the Flex rotary and 105! Thanks for the heads up!
     
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    Is it worth it to buy a Megs RO or PC XP? figured I wouldn't start a new thread. Ive been thinking about converting my old 7336 PC to just an interior beast with brushes instead of having to swap out the brushes and backing plates all the time.
     
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    I wouldn't waste your time with one if you work on cars with hard paint on a consistent basis. Either go for a Flex DA or step up to a rotary.
     
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    Already have a Flex rotary. Just curious what you guys think. Most of the cars I work with do not have a all that hard of paint. Just kinda itching for a new tool..lol
     
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    In that case, between the two I think I'd go for the G110v2 over the 7424XP simply because of the electronics that keep it from bogging down and the replaceable brushes.
     
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    Is megs still offering a lifetime warranty on their machines?
     
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    Sadly no.... that went away after the G100. My G100 is still going strong, so I won't be trading up to a G110v2 for a while yet.
     
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    Bring some strong compounds if it has heavy swirling. C5 paint can be retarded sometimes. I tried polishing some marring out of my friend's '02 Z06 with a purple Kompressor pad with the 3401...tried M105, 1Z Intensiv Paste on speed 6 with a ton of pressure and no luck :o
     
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    C5s tend to be tricker to polish out due to how curvy the front end and tops of the fenders are.
     
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    That much is 100% a pain, yeah; plus I hate having to polish upside down to get at the underside of the nose on them; C6es aren't as bad in that respect either.
     
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    If I remember correctly, last time I did a C5 I used my dewalt rotary and SIP with a purple foamed wool to knock out the defects and went back over the entire car with a polishing pad and SIP to take care of the micro marring that was left. Like I said, I think this was 3-4 years ago.
     
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    This car had really bad marring though. I've corrected plenty of C5s and C6s with my 3401 without issue, but this car just completely kicked my ass. Good thing it was a friend and not an actual customer so I just turned it down :rofl:
     

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