Just bought a PC 7424xp..Couple Questions.

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  1. RedWings

    RedWings New Member

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    After a few years of going back/forth on if I should pick up a PC, I finally pulled the trigger.

    This is the kit I picked up:
    Optimum Porter Cable 7424XP Kit

    http://www.autogeek.net/optimum-porter-cable-kit.html

    Now I just need to figure out what pads to use in what situations. Both of our light colored cars have minor swirls since they've been handwashed 99% of the time.

    Any input is appreciated

    EDIT: Another questions. When doing two cars in a day, is it OK to let the pads sit while finishing the 1st car. Or should I do the same step to each car and go back and forth to avoid the pads drying?
     
  2. Scottwax

    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    Start with OP II and a polishing pad, move up to the compound if needed, then up to a cutting pad if needed. If you want to finish up one car first, then before polishing the second, just hold a damp MF towel in your hand and run the pad over the towel on a speed of 4-5 for a few seconds to clean it out.
     
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    After the OPII and white pad, should I move to a wax + finishing pad or poli-seal + finishing pad?

    One thing I normally do is use Duragloss Aquawax between washes. Should I continue doing this? Or do you recommend a better process?
     
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    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    However many steps you want to take is up to you. Usually OPII leaves a finish ready for wax as it is, using Poli-Seal will add a bit to the finish, but no idea if it will be worth the extra time to you.

    Aquawax is perfectly fine to use in between details.
     
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    ifl, I want to buy that kit?
     
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    Optimum really compliments that kit. I wish you would have asked before you bought, I would have recommended 5.5" pads over the 6.5".....
     
  7. LancerV

    LancerV Something Happened OT Supporter

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    6inch pads are fine as long as you use a 6inch backing plate other wise I find the outside of the pads don't make enough contact when compounding
     
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    Just finished doing my first detail with the 7424 with the above polishes. I have a few questions.

    Was polishing my White Pontiac G6 that had what I thought were minor swirls. I handwash my car only with a lambswool mitt and dry with nothing but micorfiber waffle-weave towels. I washed and clayed first.

    I started using the white pad and OPII. I worked it into the paint real good starting at like 3-4 and finally moving up to 5. After doing a bunch of swipes (up/down, left/right, etc..) I wiped off what was left and it did correct a lot of the swirling, but I could still see some there. So I switched to the orange pad and tried to optimum compound. That helped a little more, but not all swirls were gone. I used the same process starting on 3-4 and then moving up to 5.

    I didn't want to try anything else and didn't have much time to spare so I just switched back to the OPII + white pad and did the whole car. Came out looking real nice besides the swirls that are left (hard to see since its white). I then finished it off with some aquawax.

    So i'm looking for some input on what I should try to eliminate the swirls?

    And when you are done using the pad, how should you clean them?

    I really enjoyed using the 7424 and the paint feels silky smooth now.
     
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    Another question is how much product should I be using?

    White I first started I put a little swirl on the pad. After that when I moved to another panel I would put three very small dabs (size of pea or smaller) on the pad. At the end it seemed like there was a good amount of product still in the white pad.
     
  10. BlazinBlazer Guy

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    Well, aside from not priming the pad initially in the same way as I would, it sounds like you're using about the right amount of product.
     
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    How do you prime the pad?
     
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    LancerV Something Happened OT Supporter

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    I just rub the product into the product all the way acroiss
     
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    BlazinBlazer Guy Witness to The De-Evolution of Mankind.

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    Same here. Do some reading on the Kevin Brown method and you'll get an idea of how to prime a pad. :bigthumb:
     
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    LancerV Something Happened OT Supporter

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    Only thing I don't do it with is waxes and glazes they get the small dot method
     

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