I'm about to do a paint correction and ceramic coating. What pads and polish work best for our trucks using a DA polisher? Trying to figure out how hard or soft the paint is. Any suggestions? I have some light swirls but nothing major.
^^^ Spot on ^^^@KCViper was it washed by the dealer before delivery? What color is it? Wording can be tricky, so a cut and polish are the same thing, a cut would be considered something that is more aggressive and compared to like 1000 to 2000 grit sandpaper. A polish is used to cut even more to refine those scratches giving the high gloss appearance. If you are going to ceramic coat it, preference by professional detailers are to remove anywhere from 85% to 95% of defects. Then apply the coating as anything that isn't corrected is under the ceramic for the life of the coating unless cut down again and reapplied coating. A good strip wash and dry should reveal any "defects" in the paint even on a brand new car with 1 mile on it. Depending on the dealership some employ very good detailers and this isn't the case but most hire low wage easily replaceable young kids to "detail" vehicles for final delivery. I attached a picture of what your looking for, picture I attached is obviously on an old vehicle and severely worse but you will see what I mean and then an after with a good 90% correction even though the clear coat on this car was starting to fail.
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Thanks @Neurobit and @shaun6453!! Truck is billet silver and I meant compound (not cut) vs polish! Should only need a light polish I'm thinking and will know more when I wash it and take a good look at it (looked carefully when I picked it up and could not see any obvious swirls, etc.....was a cloudy day however). I mostly use Adams detailing products (used to be a huge Zaino guy) but don't use a buffer very much. After doing lots of research and talking to some other forum members, seems like the Griots G9 is a great machine! BTW, @Neurobit, very nice setup you have!!
That should do it. It really finishes really nice. Even on softer substrates.[mention]Neurobit [/mention] thanks for the help. I’ve used Sonax perfect finish on my black Honda with pretty soft paint and had great results. I think I’ll try it on my Ram and hopefully get similar results. I only have light swirls from the dealer.
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That blue looks amazing. I've been doing a lot of reading lately on graphene coatings, probably too much...I'm leaning towards this Adam's stuff for my new Ram.I always use Adams Graphene ceramic coating for all my vehicles. I haven't done my rebel yet because I haven't had enough time off. Always start with a strip wash and clay bar, then Adams 2 step compound and polish using chemical guys TORQX random polisher. Takes a few days but the results are fantastic. Here are some pics of my sons 2017 WRX after the coating cured the next day. View attachment 85658 View attachment 85657 View attachment 85659 View attachment 85662