Fine Cut cleaner by hand? Random Orbital?

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  1. dbman96

    dbman96 Active Member

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    Trying to give my WRX a good shine up before the summer, and found that I've got some SERIOUSLY baked on waterspots on the hood... generous application of vinegar and clay bar don't budge them, so I think I need to do some real paint cleaning. I picked up the Fine Cut cleaner but noticed it says ONLY FOR USE WITH ROTARY BUFFERS... now I have a little 6" cheap random orbital polisher but I know that's not the same thing... but it seems from the stickies that you allow for hand application of all these recommended products. Will I be able to hand-buff my problems away? Should I try my random orbital or will that make things worse?

    I plan on going from the #2 Fine Cut to the #7 Show Car glaze and finish off with S100 over the top. Seem reasonable?
     
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    You can use the #2, then #7. I would suggest Vanilla Moose over #7, though. Yes, you should be able to take out water spots by hand with those products.
     
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    Awesome, thanks for the quick reply. The only place I have to buy supplies is a GHETTO Kragen (/Shucks/whatever else) and these were the only two "pro" level products on their shelf; I was just hoping i don't need to go spend $200 on a buffer just yet. :bigthumb:
     
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    Reading a little more it seems that the fine cut is aggressive enough that it will be making some marks of its own... will the #7 be sufficient to tidy this up or do I need something like a swirl remover product in the process?

    I have a feeling my arms are going to be TIRED.

    Just to double-check: rotary buffer > hand-application > cheap orbital buffer?
     
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    OK, I'm hoping someone will jump in here and help me make sure I'm on the right track...

    On lunch break I went out and did a small waterspotted section with the fine cut cleaner; microfiber towel application and removal; forward and back motion. With sufficient working of the cleaner, I did get the spots out, but it left VERY clearly defined microscratches, almost a hazing, in the direction of application. Will this come out with teh #7 show car glaze?
     
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    #9 Swirl Remover should remove the fine scratches. #7 is polishing oils with no real abrasives.

    The microscratches are the reason #2 is for rotary only. It needs the heat generated by the rotary to break down the abrasives properly. A better solution would be to pick up a bottle of ColorX which is designed to be used by hand.
     
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    aha. :wtc:

    Perhaps I'll try to return the #2 and pick up something else instead.
     
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    :doh: My bad, I was thinking #9, but saying #2.
     
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    D'oh!

    So should I be moving to the #9 or change my assault and go to something like a DACP?
     
  10. Robb

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    Yes, use 9, if that doesnt cut it go to dacp. A long time ago i tried 2 by hand and it left marring of its own, that not even 9 could take out. It is NOT meant to be used by hand.
     
  11. flynfrog

    flynfrog Cool isnt Cheap

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    #2 us made to buff out sanding scratches its pretty agresive when i was learnign how to use i burnt through alot with it so if you have a beater practice on it first :p

    as said before start with #9 if that wont do it use dacp then #9 then #7 then a good wax and it will stay shiny for a long time this is my usual routine on customers cars
     
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    The #2 was definitely = teh lose. I got most of the marks from #2 out with #9 but I still need some DACP or something to get the last of it. I bought a PC two days ago so I've got some more power behind me now.
     

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