how much power do I really need?

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  1. troutie

    troutie New Member

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    The advice I was originally given was to wait for the new PC before buying my first machine but I don't want to wait a month, and I'm starting to wonder if I really need it.


    These two spots are representative of the worst on my paint, hopefully the pics came out right. (edit: in the 1st you can see the ring, some sort of water spot)

    Do I even need the extra power of the new PC or could I even get away with a more beginner friendly machine like the cyclo?

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  2. BlazinBlazer Guy

    BlazinBlazer Guy Witness to The De-Evolution of Mankind.

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    I wouldn't call the Cyclo a more "beginner friendly" machine than the PC.... the PC is about the most beginner friendly polisher there is, old or new.

    Based on that first pic, it almost looks like your clearcoat may be cracking or etched. That definitely won't come out if that's the case.
     
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    That clear looks like its cracking, no machine can save it.

    The PC can do nearly everything a rotary can; just slower, safer and is less intimidating for beginners. I've got the 'old' model, I'm not buying the newer one- works fine for me.
     
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    Good call! Glad to see my eyes aren't failing me. Sorry for the OP, though. :hs:
     
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    Alright, I'll just get the one that's currently out, it's gonna bug me that something newer is out, but I don't want to wait another month. :o

    what would be the best thing to do about the cracking/etching?
     
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    Trust me on this, no it can't. Plus a rotary breaks polishes down better so the finish ends up with a clearer look.

    That doesn't mean I don't use my G110, the finish it leaves is more than good enough for the average person who isn't going to spend the extra $$$ for a several step rotary correction.

    troutie-your paint is pretty fubared, nothing will save the area that is cracking.
     
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    The joys of owning a former rental. :hs:

    anything I can do to slow it down or stop it from getting worse?

    There's maybe about 7-8 spots on the hood like this, and the largest is about 1/2 the size of a dime so I'm not repainting at this point. :hs:
     
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    If I had noticed earlier that you were in CT I would have offered to let you try my PC out. Was just in North Haven last Saturday doing a few cars.

    As far as the hood goes, might be cheaper to just source a used one from a salvage yard.
     
  9. MartyFukstein

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    That hood is straight black. It can be repainted correctly for $375.

    Stop wasting time with polishers and buffers on things that need to be repainted.

    For some reason, the public believes that every paint problem can be "buffed" out. I don't know where this myth started.
     
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    :rofl: Take it easy, guy.
     
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    sorry for trying to learn, I'll stop asking for advice, thanks. :bigthumb:
     
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    We try to be helpful here, honest. You have a valid question. Hang in there.
     
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    sorry, that wasn't directed at the rest of you, I didn't even know that a problem like this could exist before I started this thread. :hs:

    The cracked areas cover less than 0.1% of the area of the panel and you have to be within 2 feet of it to see it. I'll live with it a long time before I repaint it.

    I guess I should have rephrased my follow up question better, the only thing I want to know at this point is there anything special that should be done to slow it from getting worse or just care for it like normal?
     
  14. BlazinBlazer Guy

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    Once it has started cracking, there's really nothing to do. I would say avoid using your buffer over top of the cracking spots as the heat and friction could actually make things worse, and even start the clear peeling off.
     
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    Thanks. :bigthumb:

    I actually went over it once since I got my PC yesterday. I'll do the hood by hand from now on and if it starts peeling then I'll repaint it.
     
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    You shouldn't have to do the whole panel by hand, just try not to put the buffer directly over top of the cracks. :bigthumb:
     

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