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best polish to use.

Post by 79GTE » Sun Apr 19, 2015 6:22 pm

Is auto glym polish ok to use when polishing my scimitar.



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Re: best polish to use.

Post by Yellow Peril » Sun Apr 19, 2015 6:38 pm

I've been using Carnuba wax for the last few years. It shines nicely and doesn't leave any white powdery residue, which is a pain on black trim & rubber etc.
However, I got a bottle of Auto Glym for Christmas and polished my Scimitar with it this weekend.
I'm really pleased with the result and the white residue isn't as bad as I remember.
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Post by peter freeman » Sun Apr 19, 2015 6:40 pm

At a guess I would say the most expensive is the best to use - buy the best you can afford.



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Post by DarrylWebb » Sun Apr 19, 2015 6:47 pm

I like AutoGlym Super Resin Polish. I can't compare it to anything else, 'cos I've never had any reason to try anything else.


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Re: best polish to use.

Post by 79GTE » Sun Apr 19, 2015 7:23 pm

Cheers. Ive been at a show to day and someone thats came over a couple of times to me that owns a couple of reliants. I was polishing my scimitar just going over it lightly amd the guy came over and told me oh dont use polish as it will take it to the fiberglass. But I thought it was a load of rubbish or am I wrong in thinking that.

I know if I was to polish everyday and used a buffer I could understand but when I only do it lightly with a cloth I dont think it will.



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Post by 79GTE » Sun Apr 19, 2015 7:24 pm

Also I use autoglym super resin polisb



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Post by DarrylWebb » Sun Apr 19, 2015 7:32 pm

If you were regularly buffing with cutting compound on faded gel-coat (as I did with my Quantum), yes it'll eventually go through the gel-coat.
Lightly polishing, I can't see that being a problem, but stand to be corrected by a paint /body expert.


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Post by Lukeyboy46 » Sun Apr 19, 2015 7:36 pm

Prima epic and Prima Amigo are a good combination!


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Re: best polish to use.

Post by PoshTwit » Sun Apr 19, 2015 8:06 pm

OK.....

By "polishing" and seeing your later post about using Super Resin Polish my first question about what you mean by your initial statement is already answered. Polishing to many means anything from using an abrasive compound to level defects to purely waxing the car.

Bizarre as it may sound, polishing by hand is often more aggressive than by a Dual Action machine polisher due to the irregularity of pressure across your palm and fingers causing localised hotspots, especially on an insulation substrate like GRP. That said, you are extremely unlikely to go through the paint, to the base coat and beyond down to the matting unless you are using a very harsh compound and really going for it. However the only way to be sure of your safety buffer is to measure the thickness of the coating on your car. Obviously this takes a specialist piece of kit which can read on a non-metallic substrate (mine cost in excess of £2k, but then I do this for a living).

In terms of "the best polish" it depends on what you are trying to achieve. My article in a recent Slice went through some of the different types of potions available, and these (I'm generalising) break down into abrasive compounds to wear away the paint's surface to reduce the visual impact of swirls and scratches; glazes / filler polishes which artificially fill defects with (normally) polymer fillers to disguise them; and another little-known group which "exfoliate" oxidised paint without resorting to abrasives via chemical means.

Your Super Resin Polish falls roughly between the abrasive compound and a glaze as it is filler-heavy but also contains some non-diminishing abrasive particles so that any defects which cannot be removed using light pressure are filled. It is worth noting that SRP has no protective ingredients and it should be topped with a wax or sealant to ensure the finish and fillers last rather than being washed-out at the next wash.

In terms of "the best" of each category of "polish", I would recommend trying some to allow you to make up your own mind. Be aware that there is a lot of choice and that when you try some of the more specific brands such as Scholl Concepts, 3M, etc, their ease of use will most likely steer you away from the more general products produced by AutoGlym, Farecla, Simoniz, etc.

I am trialling some products by a new company to the UK, Koch Chemie. As witnessed by LukeyBoy's 5a, they finish incredibly well but are probably best suited to the professional market rather than the home user.

As I say to eveybody, if you require any more detailed advice, or specific product recommendations, please do not hesitate to contact me through my website as below. Having done the tests, made the mistakes and learnt from them, I would always rather pass on the benefit of my experiences to ensure your lives are simpler and you are less likely to have problems.

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