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I'll start with this:

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Not long ago, a good friend of mine mentioned his mother had been washing her car with "old t-shirts and dirty sponges." I immediately shed a few tears, and told him I wanted to get it into my garage for a little TLC.

Enter the previously mentioned blue SLK.

From 20' away, it's a cute little car. Upon closer inspection, this had some of the worst clear coat damage I've come across in quite some time. Swirls, marring, washing scratches, and RIDS galore, and they were EVERYWHERE:

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Since it had been recently washed and they don't live far away, I did a quick Waterless Wash wipedown to get the driving dust off, and broke out the Clay Bar. Only going to post one picture here, but I think you'll get the point:

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Post clay inspection, pretty much the same everywhere:

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Time for some taping to see what it was going to take to take make an improvement. She didn't want perfection as I only had a few hours to work with, but I wanted to to get close. :)

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This was the roof after one pass of Paint Correcting Polish and Orange Microfiber Cutting Pads on the Cyclo. I was pleasantly surprised, to say the least:

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All of the horizontal surfaces had quite a bit of solvent pop in them, which are the tiny dots you can see:

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Deck lid 50/50:

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This was the passenger side corner of the hood, near the windshield cowl after one pass as well. You can still see some deep stuff here as well that still remained after one pass of the Correcting Polish:

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We are getting ready for a cookout (hence my limited time frame to do this one) so the garage was a busy place! My Mom and my little man James supervising:

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My sister and daughter Azlyn "cooking" in her garage kitchen:

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I went around everything with a quick pass of Revive Polish on Grey Sealant and Wax Pads to clear up any polishing oils, then laid down a coat of Liquid Paint Sealant, Super VRT on the tires, and away she went!

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The Cyclo, combined with our Paint Correcting Polish and Microfiber Cutting Pads, correct very quickly and finish down great!

Thanks for looking, and if you have any questions, fire away!!
 

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Looks close to that subbie from last year at the dealers clinic. LOL
 

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I must say, the liquid paint sealant gives one of the best glosses ever from a liquid

Wish it didn't smell like black twizlers tho lol
 

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I must say, the liquid paint sealant gives one of the best glosses ever from a liquid

Wish it didn't smell like black twizlers tho lol
It does indeed. Looks a lot like a wax, protects like crazy!

The scent...either love it or hate it!
 

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In what cases are the microfiber pads better than the foam pads?

Deeper defects, for when you need more cut, they are going to tend to haze more tho
 

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In what cases are the microfiber pads better than the foam pads?
MF pads remove defects a little faster, generally speaking. Foam will yield the same results, it may just take an extra pass to get there.

The two "downfalls" of MF:
  • You need to brush/blow them out after each section polished. Not a deal breaker, but a little more tedious than foam
  • They can leave some micro scratches/marring behind on medium to soft clear coats, which can be cleaned up with foam.

It really all depends on the situation, and the final product you're shooting for. If I'm working on something that's really bad, I'll hit it with MF and Correcting Polish. If I'm looking for perfection, finishing down with foam and Finishing Polish is the ticket. Gets you the best of both worlds that way, quick cutting and perfect finishing.
 

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MF pads remove defects a little faster, generally speaking. Foam will yield the same results, it may just take an extra pass to get there.

The two "downfalls" of MF:
  • You need to brush/blow them out after each section polished. Not a deal breaker, but a little more tedious than foam
  • They can leave some micro scratches/marring behind on medium to soft clear coats, which can be cleaned up with foam.

It really all depends on the situation, and the final product you're shooting for. If I'm working on something that's really bad, I'll hit it with MF and Correcting Polish. If I'm looking for perfection, finishing down with foam and Finishing Polish is the ticket. Gets you the best of both worlds that way, quick cutting and perfect finishing.
Gotcha, thanks for explaining it.
 
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