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Scratch removal - wet n dry - buffing etc...

Discussion in 'Motors' started by Noxis, 19 Jun 2006.

  1. Noxis

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    So I spent my weekend removing scratches and stone chips with a repair pack I got from paints4u. Generally very happy with the results, although applying wet n dry to my car took some guts innitially I can tell you.

    Unfortunately before I could finish polishing the light scratch marks from the wet n dry the polishing drill head thingy I had purchased came off and got a load of grit stuck to it :( So I cant use it now.

    I am gonna spend this week painting up layers on a particularly nasty gowdge (sp?) out of the rear plastic bumper (was on there when I bought the car dont know how it occured) I also need to get some finer WnD paper (3000).

    Can anyone recommend a powered tool to do the polishing? I found this page:

    http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/product_test/58139/best_buffers.html

    And they are recommending something nice and cheap £14.99 - but will it do the chop I am looking for?

    Cheers for any help.
     
  2. pinkaardvark

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    Isn't the cosmo cordless one there the best? Shame I can't find anywhere to buy it online :)
     
  3. Muncher

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    You need a Porta Cable, but it's not cheap, approx £200 once you've got all the kit.
     
  4. Noxis

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    Yea I been doing the reading up and UK suppliers can do a PC for like £83 UK ready which isnt too bad. Since OCUK dont do power tools here is the link:

    http://www.maxtool.co.uk/index/porter-cable/polishers.asp

    Really didnt wanna spent £83 although its much more affordable than the £200 I was originally seeing for a PC.
     
  5. ad75

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    They are not based in the UK and you will probably get stung for TAX. Go with Autopia, best service around.
     
  6. Noxis

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    Doesnt mean its not coming from a UK distribution centre. Also I doubt you'd get done for tax.

    I cant afford £200 so I think I will get some ScratchX :p
     
  7. Firestar_3x

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    Well i'm going to give scratch x a second go on my black car, if that don't work its G3 / G10 and a PC for me.

    How bad are your Swirls Noxis?
     
  8. Liverpool-Lad

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    I think what I would do instead of a PC is buy a polisher off ebay (the angle grinder type one) for £50, much bigger head and more versatile than a PC. However Id make sure I practiced on some old panels first to get the technique dialled. Can pick them up with assorted heads for £40.
     
  9. -westy-

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    What are the advantages of a PC over say, an angle grinter with a buffing pad attached?
     
  10. Liverpool-Lad

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    I think it uses an orbital action, so the pad spins in a rotary fashion and moves orbitally also, which makes it safer to use but also expensive.
     
  11. Noxis

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    Not *that* bad at all over the car in general. Just what you'd expect from a 2 year old car thats been just washed and waxed with the odd car wash (I only had it a year) on a block black.

    What I need to do is finish off my scratch removal where I have done some light filling + wet n dry and you can still see the scuff marks from the wet n dry. I am considering elbow grease with Scratch X plus a £15 - £20 polisher.

    Mate insisting that using just a regular rotating polisher will create swirlys..
     
  12. Noxis

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    Its the irregular motion that stops it creating swirlys allegdly, to emulate how a human would do it.
     
  13. Firestar_3x

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  14. Liverpool-Lad

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  15. Noxis

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  16. Firestar_3x

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    Ta :)
     
  17. Poppy

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    Slightly OT ... your the person whos car was scratched really badly arent you? How did your DIY repair go?

    Got any pics mate?
     
  18. Noxis

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    Before pic of the main bit I am working on:

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    I am still sorting and building up layers of paint/laquer(sp?) and will post a finished pic soooon. (Sorry for quality was done quickly with my PEBL as I suddenly thought i'd want a record just before i started heh).