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Old 13-08-2012, 10:05   #1 (permalink)
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Basically i recently got my Zed and since owning it.. iv took more interest into making it look as clean as possible (By clean i dont mean dirt, i mean stone chips and scratches etc)

The majority of scratches/scuffs/chips are on the Front bumper.. Some are nothing major but the scuff is bad.

Is it worth me getting up to 'scratch' with a machine polisher or getting it re-sprayed or.. Rattle canning myself then a very light polish/buff to add some depth into the paint?

Basically.. I want some in depth info' I want the best results within reason () Should i buy a machine polisher or just stick to elbow greese? How easy is it to paint a bumper? (personally id say im a dab hand at painting, but only ever done wheel re-furbs)
Also am i right in thinking that a machine polisher/buffer will get rid off scratches? or will they need a paint?

Any help is much appreciated!!
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Old 13-08-2012, 13:12   #2 (permalink)
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You'll be surprised what you can do with a machine polisher, I would go with that option aslong as the scratches aren't too deep. Even by hand using the right products you could see amazing results. Read up on it on detailingworld and polished bliss etc you'll learn a fair bit and be loads cheaper!
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Cheers dude, Loadsa horror stories though! Guess ill keep it slow and light.. And practise on some scrap metal to begin with.
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Yeah could do bud but you can't go too wrong with a DA polisher, its the rotary polisher where its much easier to burn through the paint.
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Ahh that's were im getting confused! Surely a Rotary is more effective though? What does a Rotary Polisher do over a DA polisher?
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Im no expert but as far as I know the rotary does get better results but its not reccomended without a course/ or professional watching over you. The DA is quite simple to use aslong as you read up on how to use it and still get great results, probably not far off a rotary.


This probably sums it up better:

"Dual action machine polishers work very differently to rotary polishers, in that the polishing head oscillates randomly about a fixed point as the polishing head spins (hence the term dual action). What this means is that friction is vastly reduced at any given point of contact, limiting the effective work rate and greatly reducing the risk of burning the paint or removing too much of the clearcoat. Because of this, dual action machine polishers are ideal for enthusiasts who want to be able to safely correct their paint without the fear of inflicting further damage. A common myth is that dual action polishers are much less effective than rotary polishers. Whilst it is true that extremely serious paint defects can often only be fully corrected by rotary polishing, it is also true that dual action polishing can usually correct all but the most serious of defects on most paint types. The major difference is the time taken to perform the correction; a job that might take under an hour with a rotary polisher may take several hours or more with a dual action polisher due to the lower effective work rate, but in most cases the end result will be similar. Now we can see why it pays the professional detailer to master the art of rotary polishing, and why dual action polishing is the safe alternative for car care enthusiasts."

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BIG help mate, thanks for that!
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